04/24/14 10:37pm


Get fresh, organic produce and help support a local farmer by becoming a member of the Dumbo CSA for the summer of 2014. This weekend is your last chance to sign up. The last day to register is Tuesday, April 29, 2014 and all deposits are due by April 30.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) offers a way for people in our neighborhood to buy vegetables directly from a local farmer. The Dumbo CSA works with Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms, a family-owned and -operated certified organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Last year, more than 140 families in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill signed up for weekly vegetable deliveries.

Here’s how it works:

  • Veggies: Every member receives a weekly selection of fresh, organic vegetables. Prices are $635 for a full share ($27.51 per week for 23 weeks) and $425 for a partial share ($18.48/week).
  • Optional add-ons: Fruit for $195 and cheese for $195 ($10.83 per week for 18 weeks). They’ll also have dairy and fish shares available to members.
  • Pickups: Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Phoenix House on 50 Jay Street. The season runs from June to November.

This will be the Dumbo CSA’s 7th season partnering with Sang Lee Farms for organic vegetables. Briermere Farm provides the fruit, and the cheese share rotates between four artisan cheese providers: Catapano Dairy Farm, Mecox Bay Dairy, Harpersfield Cheese, and Goodale Farms. Fish shares will be provided by Village Fishmonger, and Milk Not Jails will offer dairy shares.

Visit the Dumbo CSA website to learn more about how the CSA works and to sign up—it only takes a few minutes.

Feel free to contact the CSA at core [at] dumbocsa [dot] org with any questions about payment plans or details about the program.

{Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2013 Registration Open, 07May2013}
{Sign Up for the 2012 Dumbo / Vinegar Hill CSA, 17Apr2012}
{Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2011 Season Kick Off, 15Jun2011}
{Sign up for the Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2011 Season, 07Mar2011}
{Past CSA Posts}

04/21/14 2:54pm


The Spring 2014 collection of mel en stel can now be seen at it’s newly opened namesake boutique at 145 Front Street in Dumbo Brooklyn.

Shoppers familiar with Dumbo’s retail offerings might very well recognize the work of designer Ilse Eriksson, as her line of women’s wear was available at Trunk on Jay street for the previous 4 plus years.

Known for her shirts, dresses, and outerwear, Eriksson’s styles have a combined masculine and feminine feeling that indicates her Belgian heritage.

Her aim for comfort, style, quality, and timelessness is eased by working with Italian fabrics only. All products are manufactured in NYC and Brooklyn.

The new mel en stel store also supports local talent like Dorothy Fischer who knits sculptural bracelets out of sterling silver, Alfred Stadler refined bags, Sapphirebliss luxurious lingerie and more.


mel en stel (www.melenstel.com)
145 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 917 653 1892

facebook: facebook.com/pages/mel-en-stel/146742408684662

04/16/14 5:16pm


We received the following Spring 2014 update from Chris Havens, Vice President of Commercial Property at aptsandlofts.com. The office vacancy in Dumbo is still very limited and price per square feet is in the $50+ range.

There is hope on the horizon for expansion of our retail inventory, as the new developments at Dock Street (aka 60 Water Street), Empire Stores, 185 Front Street (aka 200 Water Street), 201 Water Street, and One John Street will bring much needed retail space to Dumbo. And the Dumbo Heights project (aka former Jehovah’s Witness Watchtower properties) on Sands/Adams/Prospect boasts up to 100,000 sf of retail, with new street treatments, proposed pedestrian spaces and 2nd floor activity all included.

Office inventory continues to be tight, though rising prices and tenant growth are causing some vacancies. Dumbo Heights and Empire are said to be attracting huge interest, with rents in the works over $50 per rsf. Neither will handle the bread and butter Brooklyn tenant under 5000 sf.

The wonderful Brooklyn Designs show is back next month, bringing yet more well-heeled visitors to our fair shores.

Vinegar Hill is slowly coming to life, with a new office lease at 222 Water Street ground being built out and one at 50 Bridge Street (photo) in place, construction underway on the land at Bridge and Water Streets, a new vacancy at 261-5 Water Street (Google Map) where I am bringing a 16,000 sf ‘maker space’ on line this month, and renovations at 247-51 Water Street (Google Map).

{Dumbo Commercial Real Estate Update (December 2013), 16Dec2013}
{Dumbo Commercial Real Estate Update (June 2013), 02Jul2013}
{Dumbo Brooklyn Commercial Report (March 2012), 12Mar2012}
{Dumbo Brooklyn Retail Report (Jan 2012), 13Jan2012}
{Dumbo Retail Report (Dec 2011), 16Dec2011}
{Dumbo Commercial Real Estate Update (Nov 2011), 22Nov2011}