01/07/15 3:00pm
50 Bridge Street before restoration

50 Bridge Street before restoration

50 Bridge Street after restoration

50 Bridge Street after restoration

The 50 Bridge Street building announced the completion of their restoration project last month. After 2 years and $3.5million, the building underwent an exterior renovation project. The building’s previous “green and purple” painted bricks were restored to their original brick color. The new look

In a statement from the Bridge No. 50 Condo board, they said:

“We are thrilled by these significant renovations that have resulted in the restoration of much of our building’s original character. The building is a beautiful example of 19th century industrial architecture and we have worked closely with Landmarks throughout this project. We have a wonderful community of supportive neighbors, and we are pleased to see the surrounding area tastefully and appropriately developed as well. We would also like to thank Cowley Engineering and Flag Waterproofing and Restoration for all their efforts in leading this project to its successful completion”.

Bridge No. 50 is a 58-unit luxury condominium building located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Originally constructed in 1894 and redeveloped as a condominium in 2004, the building is located in Dumbo’s historic district and was once an important part of Alexander Kirkman’s soap manufacturing company.

Bridge No. 50 is surrounded by other luxury residences including 220, 205 and 192 Water Street, Kirkman Lofts, and the soon to be completed Waterbridge 47, 177 Front and 200 Water. New boutiques and high-end specialty businesses such as Valrhona Chocolate and Mouth Indie Spirits + Wine have recently opened on Water Street, and retail space for restaurants and schools, such as the Kirkman Academy are planned for developments currently under construction.

11/27/13 12:40pm
247 Water Street hotel, image courtesy AB Architekten

247 Water Street hotel, image courtesy AB Architekten

Architecture firm AB Architekten has designed two buildings next to eachother on Water Street in Dumbo/Vinegar Hill. Brownstoner posts a proposed 8 story hotel development at 247 Water Street with 46,000 square feet with a restaruant and lounge, and gym. This plan was disapproved by the NYC Department of Buildings.

Next door on the corner of Bridge and Water Street is another development already started that will be a 27 unit, 8 story building with 36,000 square feet, which includes a parking garage below grade that will accommodate 60 cars and ground floor retail space, according to AB Architekten. The plans were approved by the NYC Department of Buildings on November 1, 2013, but the filing states that there will be 7 parking spaces, not 60 per the AB Architekten website. Anticipated completion for this residential building is Spring 2015.

Entrance perspective

51 Bridge Street, image courtesy AB Architekten

What do you think of the designs? More photos after the jump.

Around the web:
{New 7-Story Building Rising On Bridge Street In Vinegar Hill, Curbed}
{New Residential Building going up on Bridge Street in DUMBO, DUMBO Parents}
{Hotel Proposed for Dumbo’s 247 Water Street, Brownstoner}
{The Lofts, a Landlord and a Battle to Remember, NY Times}

03/01/13 2:23pm

Who knew there are falcons in NYC? Apparently one was badly injured along Bridge Street yesterday. People noticed the bird hobbling and a crowd gathered until one person called in an animal specialist. The person who saved the injured falcon sent this to us:

Below are a few photos of the brown falcon that was rescued today on Bridge Street. The majestic bird crashed into the top of 220 Water St this afternoon around 2pm. It spiraled to the sidewalk stunned and motionless, but conscious. It later stumbled around a bit. Attempted to fly but was unable to. It eventually perched itself on the top of a Nissan SUV. The owner of the car was actually going to drive away with the bird on top when people in the ensuing crowd convinced the idiot to wait.

First we called the city, but the Animal Control line was busy. We eventually contacted an animal specialist through a referral who arrived thirty minutes later and took the bird to safety.

01/29/13 1:50pm


The following four condos are new to the Dumbo Brooklyn market for the week of January 20 – 28, 2013:

  • 01/23/2013: 100 Jay Street #6J (Corcoran), $475,000 ($816/sf), $350/mo cc, $10/mo tax (J-51 Abatement expires in 2023), 582sf, 1 bed, 1 bath
  • 01/23/2013: 85 Adams Street #6B (Corcoran), $719,000 ($848/sf), $718/mo cc, $23/mo tax (J-51 Abatement expires in 2023), 847sf, 2 bed, 1 bath
  • 01/23/2013: 100 Jay Street #28A (Sotheby’s), $2,100,000 ($1,227/sf), $1,184/mo cc, (J-51 Abatement expires in 2023), 1,711sf, 3 beds, 2.5 baths
  • 01/24/2013: 79 Bridge Street #4I (Rutenberg Realty), $775,000 ($824/sf), $439/mo cc, $1/mo tax (J-51 Abatement expires in 2014), 940sf, 1 bed, 1 bath

(100 Jay Street #6J)

100 Jay Street has 6 active listings averaging $1,050 per square feet, and has 300 recorded sales at $861 per square feet. This “junior one bedroom” is one of the most affordable units in Dumbo. This will probably sell within a month, according one broker we spoke to.

(85 Adams Street #6B)

This condo has two bedrooms with 10 foot ceilings and asking $719k. It was last sold in August 2010 for $635k according to city records. Per listing: “This spacious home displays a gracious living room plus a smartly designed 2nd BR/guest room, facing south both the main living and master bedroom get a vast amount of light.”

(100 Jay Street #28A)

The best feature of this spacious condo is the view overlooking lower Manhattan and the two bridges. This is a legal 3 bedroom currently used as a 2 bedroom apartment. But that view!

(79 Bridge Street #4I)

“This loft is graced with beautiful white oak hardwood floors throughout, oversized double pane windows and original brick walls.” Condo board approval required.

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01/10/13 2:41pm

Filming in Dumbo: Are We Officially Dating?

Filming in Dumbo Brooklyn between today, January 10 through Saturday, January 12, 2013 is a romantic comedy film called Are We Officially Dating? From the IMDB description: “Three Manhattan bachelors make a pact to have as much fun as possible while remaining single.” Production vehicles are parked along the ConEd plant at Bridge and John Streets.

The movie stars Zac Efron and Imogen Poots. (Photo courtesy gplus.to/russbird)

All filming posts are tagged here: DumboNYC.com/tag/filming

11/22/12 2:40pm


Happy Thanksgiving Dumbo! The following four condos are new to the Dumbo Brooklyn market for the week of November 12 – 18, 2012:

  • 11/13/2012: 1 Main Street #9C (Corcoran), $1,495,000 ($1,255/sf), $656/mo cc, $468/mo tax (J-51 Abatement expires in 2012), 1,191sf, 1 bed, 1.5 bath
  • 11/16/2012: 50 Bridge Street #418 (Corcoran), $820,000 ($700/sf), $374/mo cc, $2/mo tax, 1170sf, 3 bed, 2 bath
  • 11/18/2012: 133 Water Street #9A (Brown Harris Stevens), $725,000 ($851/sf), $811/mo cc, $27/mo tax, 851sf, 1 bed, 1 bath
  • 11/18/2012: 133 Water Street #11D (Brown Harris Stevens), $725,000 ($875/sf), $835/mo cc, $28/mo tax, 828sf, 1 bed, 1 bath

(1 Main Street #9C)

This unit has been relisted, previously offered in July 2012 for $1,695,000. “This view with 180 degrees of jaw-dropping East River” has one bedroom, one bath, laundry room, and the view. There’s a similar floorplan unit on the market on the 12th floor for $1,475,000, $20k less than this 9th floor unit.

(50 Bridge Street #418)

“True Lofts in DUMBO/Vinegar Hill. Embedded structural columns, an eleven (11) foot ceiling, and oversized windows define this configurable two 2-bathroom floorplan. The main space has been carved into a bedroom, a home office, and den. The large eat-in kitchen is separate from the central living space.”

(133 Water Street #9A)

133 Water Street converted from rentals to condos in April. According to Streeteasy, there are 14 recorded sales averaging $817 per square feet (not all units have been released to market) and 3 are in contract.

(133 Water Street #11D)

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