12/11/15 3:54pm

Dumbo Pizza: Love & Dough

Halcyon, the funky record store on Pearl and Water with the floor covered in smooth stones, packed up and left Dumbo for Williamsburg in August. Since then, Dumbo residents have been eagerly watching the space to see what would be taking its place. The wait is almost over.

This Monday, December 14, will see the soft opening of Love & Dough, a new Italian restaurant from Arthur Hassani. This is Hassani’s second restaurant, after the Archway Café just two doors down.

Love & Dough’s menu will feature traditional Neapolitan cuisine, the centerpiece of which will be their traditional thin-crust, brick oven pizza. The resident pizzaiolo, Giuseppe, has been making pizza in Naples for over 15 years.  (more…)

12/09/15 11:37am

Dumbo Christmas Trees

With the holiday spirit creeping up on us, we wandered around the neighborhood looking for places where Dumbo residents (or festive office workers) can pick up a holiday tree. We found two… did we miss any?

Peas & Pickles

The sidewalk along their stretch of Front Street is currently a fragrant corridor of spruce. You can pick up trees and wreaths along with your sandwich and carrot juice.


12/04/15 3:20pm

Dumbo Development: Watchtower Jehovah's Witnesses

News broke this week that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are selling their property at 85 Jay Street, as well as 25-30 Columbia Heights and 124 Columbia Heights. That much undeveloped land in Dumbo is bound to command a huge price. Also in Dumbo news: more debate about schools, Google gives local techies startup tips, and a new challenger for a congressional seat steps into the ring.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Put Three Hot Sites on the Market in Dumbo and Heights [Brownstoner]
Dumbo Neighborhood Group Slams P.S. 8, P.S. 307 Rezoning Plan [Eagle]
Yungman Lee Mounts Primary Challenge to Velazquez in 7th Congressional District [Eagle]
Google Introduces Primer Mobile App at Digital DUMBO [Technical.ly]

Above: Photo of 85 Jay Street via Watchtower

12/03/15 10:34am

Dumbo Holiday Tree (from 2010)

A tree grows in Dumbo!

Tonight in the Pearl Street Triangle the holiday season begins in earnest with Dumbo’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District, this all-ages block party will ring in the holidays with singing, dancing, cocoa, and a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.

The fun starts at 6 p.m., featuring calypso from the Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, excerpts from the Nutcracker courtesy of Dumbo’s own Gelsey Kirkland Dance Academy, and carols by Opera on Tap, who will be a-wassailing around the neighborhood until 9 p.m.

For you chocolate lovers, the highlight may well be hot cocoa provided by Dumbo’s “Mr. Chocolate,” Jacques Torres. And Santa will be there to greet the kids — make sure to bring unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 14 for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive! It’s a great way to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list.

The big countdown to lighting the tree — generously donated by Adam Parke Trees — will be led by DUMBO BID executive director Alexandria Sica. Be sure to stick around until 7 p.m… the organizers have hinted that there’s a very special surprise in store!

Pictured above: Dumbo’s 2010 holiday tree.