We are looking for a few little Einsteins this fall. As many of you know The DUMBO Einsteins is an alternative to Pre K right here in DUMBO! Our classes are sweet, small and have an academic twist.
In the DUMBO Einstein classes, we value socialization and weave ideas of kindness, empathy, participation, and sharing into a structured classroom environment using direct instruction revolving around literacy, art, mathematics, chess, music, theater, and yoga.
Abundant Learning has designed a program that fits around most traditional Pre-K schedules. We intentionally created short classes that meet 1-3 days a week to allow for additional classes elsewhere or if families prefer to have their toddlers home more often. Some of our Einstein families go to traditional Pre-K programs, while others find our setting enough to fit their needs.
Our classes never exceed 6 students, and are led by a minimum of two educators, which allows for individualized attention and personalized instruction. Further, our enrolled Einstein families receive emailed updates, outlining our activities and upcoming events.
If you know a little Einstein that is a good fit, anywhere between 2.5-5.0 years of age, please email Liz@abundantlearning.org to register for our program.
Digital DUMBO’s digital and lifestyle conference, dd:IMPACT Conference is coming up on October 9, 2013 at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. dd:IMPACT showcases the digital innovation that is fundamentally disrupting, progressing, and evolving business and culture. Sign up for early bird rates (by September 8) here: ddimpactoct2013.eventbrite.com
DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is today, September 5 from 6-9pm. From the Dumbo BID:
This month, we’ve got art indoors and out, with the launch of DUMBO Walls, sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation and the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Using brick wall as a canvas, eight international artists — CAM, DALeast, Eltono, Shepard Fairey, Faith47, MOMO, Stefan Sagmeister and Yuko Shimizu — transform DUMBO’s streetscape into a vibrant mural destination.
All First Thursday events are open to the public; most events listed below are free. Local bars and restaurants also get in on the action: AlMar gives you a Peroni with an order of meatballs; Olympia Wine Bar offers $4 beer and $5 house wine, and Superfine features $3.50 select tap beers, $3.50 well cocktails and $3 Bud/Bud Light. Check out a full list of food and drink specials from neighborhood favorites like at DUMBO.is/Community.
Last but not least, we’re thrilled to announce that Jane’s Carousel has won the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award in the Best Parks & Playground category! The ride stays open ’til 7pm through Sept 29 and tickets are just $2. Pony up!
Dumbo Walls was featured in the NY Times last week as one of the places to see street art. Since a few have asked about the location, here’s a listing of the DumboWalls murals:
MOMO (South Side of York Street between Washington and Adams Street)
Craig Anthony Miller (South Side of York Street between Pearl and Adams Street)
DALeast (West Side of Pearl Street betwen York and Prospect Street)
Faith47 (East Side of Pearl Street betwen York and Prospect Street) “The preciousness of the hunt”
Shepard Fairey (Jay Street along the north wall Brooklyn Queens Expressway towards York Street, aka “Bridge Park 2″) “Peace Justice”
Yuko Shimizu and Stefan Sagmeister (East Side of Jay Street between York and Prospect Street) Octopus
Yuko Shimizu and Stefan Sagmeister (West Side of Jay Street between York and Prospect Street) “YES”
Eltono (North Side of Prospect Street at Jay Street, aka “Bridge Park 1″)
For photos of the 8 murals, click more below. (more…)
Mayor Bloomberg announced today that Midtown Equities, in partnership with Rockwood Capital and HK Organization, to redevelop Empire Stores, vacant warehouse buildings in Dumbo and Fulton Ferry Landing. The adaptive reuse plans call for commercial uses including restaurant, event, retail and office space. While this selection announced a few weeks ago, the announcement makes this official, and NYC added new renderings of the Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse.
In addition, the board also approved a long-term lease with St. Ann’s Warehouse to develop a theater in the historic Tobacco Warehouse.
The announcement also highlights the completion of a federal process that will allow for the addition of new parkland at Main Street in Dumbo (first announced in May). “All across the waterfront, we are reclaiming and renewing areas that have long been abandoned or neglected, and Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse are the latest examples of that work,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “These redevelopment plans will bring even more new life and excitement to the DUMBO waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park, giving residents and visitors more places to work, shop, dine, and experience the arts. The expansion and success of the park is due in large part to our partnerships with New York State Parks and the National Park Service, and we are grateful for their help.”
The Empire Stores are a complex of seven contiguous four- and five-story historic warehouses containing approximately 347,000 gross square feet. The warehouses, located in DUMBO, were built between 1869 and 1885 and primarily used for coffee storage until they were abandoned in the 1960s. The warehouses have been closed for over 50 years due to deteriorated buildings conditions. Redevelopment will reactivate the structure and allow for a mix of commercial, retail and office uses that complement that unique character of this industrial waterfront structure. A team led by Midtown Equities will enter into a 96-year ground lease of the site. Their proposed building plan will feature nearly 80,000 square feet of restaurant, retail, and event space and 300,000 square feet of office space.
West Elm is expected to anchor the Empire Stores building by leasing both office and retail space of more than 150,000 square feet of space. (West Elm Press release). According to a West Elm press release, the new West Elm store will occupy the ground-floor space at 55 Water Street and will include waterfront-outdoor seating and a coffee shop created in partnership with La Colombe (similar to the existing one at West Elm Market), bringing coffee back to the former coffee warehouse after more than 50 years.
In addition, Midtown Equities is in talks with the Brooklyn Historical Society to include 3,200 square feet of exhibition space as part of the project to celebrate the rich cultural history of the borough. Construction is expected to being in early 2014 with an expected completion of fall 2015.
With the John Street condos and park at the Brooklyn Bridge Park also anticipated to begin in 2014 with expected completion in winter 2015, the north-east end of Brooklyn Bridge Park will be full of construction.