03/24/15 10:41pm



Kongo is a co-working space designed from the ground up for people in the creative and media industries. Beautiful, easy going and competitively priced, it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.


The sun-filled loft was designed by Becka Citron and John Marsala from Modern Anthology (and of Man Cave fame) and it shows.

Based on Pixar’s HQs and on Harvard Business Review’s insights on the “Perfect Me/We Balance”, the work stations were arranged to maximize productivity and mental focus, while the common areas were designed to open the mind and foster collaboration.

The first thing you notice walking in is the wide open space, the plants and large windows. Then there’s the art: like a Dumbo mural from Japanese artist Masamitsu Shigeta or the 50 foot image of a 1920’s cruise liner in homage to the Dumbo’s maritime history. This second piece celebrates the fearless spirit of the immigrants, the same fueling today’s entrepreneurs and Dumbo itself as the heart of digital New York.


Amenities include a custom made conference room encased in glass and wood as well as lounge and bar areas, ping pong, Nespresso, all sorts of teas, free beer, Argentine cow-hide rugs, magazine subscriptions, microwave and fridge.

The work stations come with 5 foot wide, solid wood top desks, with lockable file cabinets, high speed internet (FiOS)

Easy going

The founders’ goal was to create a space they would love to work from: well designed, easy going and surrounded by other creative entrepreneurs from around the world. Unlike other co-working spaces, the founders of Kongo actually work in the loft, from where they run Chaco.cc, a small strategy advisory firm.

Kongo is pet and bike friendly and features regular networking events like film screenings, beer nights and Show+Tell where co-workers get to present their best work and run ideas by others.



Ko-workers include an Emmy winner producer, foreign correspondents, film makers and biotechnology writers as well as Firefish (research), A Different Engine (UX design), QuesttoNó (product design) and Woodshed Entertainment (film production).

For more info, check out www.kongo.nyc

03/16/15 2:30pm

Brooklyn Strand

The parks committee of Community Board 2 will host Claire Weisz, a principal at WXY Studio, who will present the final plan for Brooklyn Strand, a reimagining of the open spaces from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park and extending to the NYCHA developments. The plan was devised after a series of stakeholders meetings and a public session co-sponsored by Community Board 2. The project is a collaboration between the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the office of the mayor, the city’s parks and planning departments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Strand is one aspect of the planned Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan.

Watch a Brooklyn Daily Eagle video from the November public meeting (details of the meeting).

Location: Brooklyn Law School, Feil Hall, Geraldo’s Cafe, 205 State Street (between Boerum Place and Court Street), in Downtown Brooklyn. Please note the non-standard location.
Date/time: Monday, March 16, 2014, 6pm

For more on the Brooklyn Tech Triangle plan, go to brooklyntechtriangle.com.

03/11/15 10:24am

Peas & Pickles re-opens


After being closed for renovations for almost 2 months, Peas & Pickles has reopened with a bigger and brighter space that includes a larger deli counter, more seating, and a wall of fresh produce.

The renovation opened up the existing back room and installed new floors, LED lights (which brightens up the space), and extended the prepared food counter to cater to the lunch crowd with custom sandwiches, wraps, burgers, quesadillas, and sushi selections.

Peas & Pickles Grocery
55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(corner of Washington and Front Streets in Dumbo)
(718) 488-8336
Open 24 hours
Google+ listing

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03/10/15 5:42pm

111 Front Street galleries

Two Trees Management, the real estate management firm is relocating art galleries on the second floor of 111 Front Street to other gallery spaces in Dumbo, according to Hyperallergic.com.

From the article:

“The galleries will take over retail spaces on Plymouth Street, and we are converting the former Galapagos building,” Lisa Kim, the director of cultural affairs at Two Trees, told Hyperallergic. “This street-level presence will be a big move for the galleries, and we’re excited to be able to make this happen.”

Art spaces currently located in 111 Front Street include Klompching Gallery, Stephen Romano Gallery, Kunsthalle Projects, and Masters Projects. Among those making the move to the new locations will be the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), which has had offices and an exhibition space at 111 Front Street for a decade; United Photo Industries, which also organizes Photoville and outdoor exhibitions of photography; the feminist nonprofit A.I.R. Gallery, which will take up residence at 155 Plymouth Street; and Minus Space, which moved to Dumbo from Gowanus in 2011.

The gallery owners Hyperallergic contacted had “nothing but praise for their landlord”, which has supported the arts since they began redeveloping Dumbo in the 1990s.

The former Galapagos Art Space building

The former Galapagos Art Space building

02/26/15 3:00pm

MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their January 2015 Brooklyn Rental Market Report earlier this week (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). Andrew Barrocas, CEO of MNS, notes that average rents throughout Brooklyn increased by 2.64% from $2,598 in January 2014 to $2,666 in January 2015.

The market has picked up since December 2014. The largest percentage increases in rent prices were seen in Studio units in Cobble Hill, Clinton Hill and DUMBO. The largest percentage drop was seen in Studio units in Greenpoint.



Some other highlights of the report include the following:

  • Rent Prices in Brooklyn decreased by approximately 0.02%- from $2,666.88 in December 2014 to $2,666.26 in January 2015
    • Average rents throughout Brooklyn increased by 2.64% from $2,598 in January 2014
  • Listing Inventory increased slightly by 5.34% from 3,148 listings units in December 2014 to 3,316 listings Units in January 2015
  • The largest percentage increases in rent prices since December 2014*
    • Studios in Cobble Hill (up 11.3%), Clinton Hill (up 10.19%) and DUMBO (up 9.72%)
  • The largest percentage decreases in rent prices since December 2014*
    • Studios in Greenpoint (down 18.14%)

*It is important to note that these neighborhoods had 10 or less studio listings at the time the sample was taken, a minimal number compared to other Brooklyn neighborhoods