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.
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!
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