01/03/14 8:51am
(Photo by zkubin on Instagram)

(Photo by zkubin on Instagram)

Dumbo got about 4 inches of snow last night from the ‘snow storm’. As of 8am, there’s a light dusting of snow coming down, but according to the Accuweather report, there won’t be much more significant snow accumulation. The temperature is cold (12 degrees F but feels like -10 F with the wind), so exercise caution when going outside.

If you have kids, NYC Public Schools are closed today. For sledding, go to Clumber Corner on the corner of Washington and Prospect Streets in Dumbo or go to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

12/30/13 9:33am


Brooklyn Bridge Park has noted that construction will begin in mid-January 2014 to significantly expand the park at the northern and southern ends. A few areas of the park will be closing temporarily.

Main Street Conversion: “Construction at Main Street will involve the temporary closing of the Main Street dog run and Riverview lawn (Pebble Beach and Main Street Playground will remain open).” The new sections of Main Street will reopen in late fall 2014.

Closest alternative dog runs are located at:

Hillside Dog Park: Columbia Heights and Vine Street (for further information please go to hillsidedogs.org) or contact the Friends of Hillside Dog Park at info@hillsidedogs.org

Pier 6 Dog Run: Brooklyn Bridge Park at Atlantic Avenue. For further information, please contact the Pier 6 dog run group at pier6dogrun@gmail.com

Open space design at Main Street will feature an expanded lawn, an improved entry plaza at Washington Street, an upgraded dog run, outdoor community space and a bouldering wall.

The former New York City Department of Environmental Protection Building (the “Plymouth St Building”), will be transformed into a 1,700 square foot public park building providing much needed restrooms, a community meeting space, an environmental education center and BBP operations space. The design will upgrade the building throughout and feature new glass facades providing a light-filled entryway into the new public space.

John Street development: “New waterfront parkland will be built at the John Street site, including pedestrian bridges over a tidal salt marsh, tree-lined pathways, and a 13,000-square-foot gathering lawn. Plans for this area also include a new pedestrian entrance at Jay Street. These elements will strengthen BBP’s ties to the DUMBO community, and seamlessly incorporate new sections into the overall fabric of the park.”

Pier 6: “3.4 acres of new parkland will be added to the existing Pier 6 landscape. The Playground at Pier 6 opened in June 2010 and the first third of the pier structure opened in May 2011. This project will add expansive landscape and lawn areas to the southern end of the park — building from existing park areas at Pier 6 and extending the circulation pattern on the pier. The design comprises a seasonally vibrant perennial flower garden, a sinuous network of lawns bordered by shade plantings and seating, and the extension of the pier’s 30-foot wide exterior promenade.”

12/25/13 12:00am
Photo courtesy of Heartfish Press, a boutique letterpress studio in Dumbo.

Photo courtesy of Heartfish Press, a boutique letterpress studio in Dumbo.

Happy holidays from DumboNYC! We wanted to take the time to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you for all of your support this year.

Since 2001 Marty Markowitz has been Brooklyn Borough President. His always-on and positive persona has been the biggest advocate of Brooklyn, and propelled Brooklyn as a global brand. In one week, Mr. Markowitz will be leaving the Brooklyn Borough President office. But he has left Brooklyn with a legacy and a Christmas message, a Brooklyn-themed version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“As I enter the homestretch of my final term in elected office, my wife Jamie and I, along with the entire staff at Brooklyn Borough Hall, extend to you and your family our fondest wishes for an enjoyable holiday season, with our prayers that 2014 will bring us world peace, good health, love and an end to senseless gun violence in our country,” said Borough President Markowitz. “Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life these last 35 years, both as a former State Senator and as Brooklyn Borough President.”

Brooklyn’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Twas the night before Christmas, in the County of Kings,
Where Brooklynites sing praise for so many things.
All 2.6 million, so hip and so chic,
Is there another city that’s quite as unique?

With Williamsburg hipsters all decked to the nines,
In skinny jeans and flannel, all colors and kinds?
And what of the “stroller derby” of Park Slope,
They jam to Jay-Z and Beyonce; how dope!

Where winter’s a glorious time of the year,
In Coney Island, the polar bears cheer!
And skaters can skate to their hearts’ delight,
In Prospect Park, gliding at the speed of light.

Nets fans at the Barclays, they cheer in the aisles,
And can’t wait for next year to welcome their Isles!
The sounds of the season cheer woman and man,
In East Flatbush, home to the joyful steel pan.

In Brooklyn, the holidays go on without end,
Ensuring there’s plenty of good times to spend.
From Borough Park’s latkes on Hanukkah nights,
To Bed-Stuy and twinkling of Kwanzaa lights!

As families take pictures ‘neath Borough Hall’s tree,
Sipping hot cocoa or peppermint tea.
They gear up for shopping; in Brooklyn, of course!
For all that’s artisanal and of local source.

And so many holiday displays to see,
Whether in Dyker Heights or in Canarsie.
‘Tis the season for kinship, we’re all closely knit,
Feel like a Grinch? Well, ‘fuhgeddaboudit’!

Now Gravesend! Now, DUMBO! Now, Red Hook and Weeksville!
On, Bushwick! On, Marine Park! On, Clinton Hill!
To the top of Greenpoint! To the tip of Sea Gate!
No matter your neighborhood, Brooklyn’s just great!

So spring to the subway, the bike or the ferry,
And head home to family and friends to make merry!
And as you gather, exclaim with a cheer,
“Happy holidays Brooklyn, and a happy new year!”

Thank you Mr. Markowitz for serving Brooklyn! Happy holidays!


12/21/13 9:31pm
(Photo by Daniel Greenfeld via dumbo.is)

(Photo by Daniel Greenfeld via dumbo.is)

DUMBO Firepit will operate in the Pearl Street Triangle (Water Street at Pearl Street) until December 23. Burning hours are 4-8pm on weekdays and 12-5pm on weekends.

The following are selected links from this past week on blogs and websites with discussion about Dumbo (and its neighboring areas):

12/20/13 10:37pm
Image of DMH, with Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights in the background, courtesy of Alan Kotok and used through attribution license.

Image of DMH, with Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights in the background, courtesy of Alan Kotok and used through attribution license.

A message from our Brooklyn Community Board 2:

Residents of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO are to be advised that a commercial will be filmed at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) between 4:00 and 10:00 pm tomorrow; Saturday, December 21, 2013. Barring unforeseen problems, the production company expects filming to be completed by 8:00 pm.

As part of the shoot, a helicopter will go up-and-down several times. The chopper will rise several times to an altitude of approximately 15 feet, the production company has informed the community board.

12/19/13 5:45pm

DNAinfo reporter Janet Upadhye notes that both Brooklyn Mac and Brooklyn Cupcake are closing their Dumbo pop-up shops in the Pearl Street side (at the 68 Jay Street building) in Dumbo. Brooklyn Cupcake ended its lease this month and Brooklyn Mac will leave in January. According to the DNAinfo article, Brooklyn Cupcake founder Carmen Rodriguez said that “The DUMBO location ended up being a little slow.” The retail spaces are not yet leased.

In the same building, on the Jay Street side, Burrow has opened a “tiny cookie take-out shop” with good coffee and tea. Owner Akako Kurokawa opened her shop on December 7, 2013. She was a former patissier at The Modern at MoMA and Plaza Hotel. The coffee is from Kitten Coffee and the tea from Mariage Freres.

Photo from lozares

Photo from lozares

Judging from Ms. Kurokawa’s Instagram photos, the cookies and pastries look delicious. Have you tried them?

Burrow Patisserie
68 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (lobby of the Jay Street entrance)
Hours: weekdays, noonish ~ 5ish, closed on the weekends

{Brooklyn Mac Opens in Dumbo, 28May2013}
{Brooklyn Cupcake Opens in Dumbo, 18Feb2013}