06/30/14 5:37pm

Come out this Wednesday (7/2) between 6-8pm to Dumbo’s newest specialty wine and spirits shop MOUTH where J.W. Overbey will be pouring FREE samples of bourbon. J.W. Overbey is a premium bourbon distilled right here in Brooklyn and has only been available for a few weeks.

MOUTH is located in a lovely gallery space at 192 Water Street near Jay Street. It’s spirits assortment is highly curated and includes absinthe, brandy, bottled cocktails, gin, liqueur, moonshine, rum, vermouth, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, rye, and more. Wines include red, white, sweet, sparkling, and rosé. With stunning bottles and outstanding products, the new store is a must-visit shop for entertaining and special occasions. In addition to individual products, MOUTH offers subscriptions like “Gin Every Month” and “Bourbon Every Mouth,” and gift collections like “Raise the Bar.”




06/17/14 11:45am

Photo from Shake Shack

Gothamist reports that Shake Shack’s newest and second Brooklyn location, called DUMBO Shack, on 1 Old Fulton Street opens today. The first Brooklyn location, Downtown Brooklyn location opened in December 2011. Shake Shack’s blog notes that a special location-specific concrete honoring Jane’s Carousel is featured. The Caramel Carousel concrete features vanilla frozen custard, shattered sugar cone, sea salt, caramel sauce and banana. Another new concrete is the Brooklyn Pie Oh My which features vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of fresh-made pie from Brooklyn’s own Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Pie flavors will change seasonally—kicking things off is Strawberry Balsamic.

For the wine connoisseurs out there, this is the first location to serve Shake Shack’s signature Frog’s Leap Shack Red and Shack White on tap.

Shake Shack continues its commitment to green architecture and eco-friendly construction. The interior tabletops were handcrafted by local Dumbo-based furniture maker Mark Jupiter, who designs and builds furniture from reclaimed materials. The tables at the DUMBO Shack are made from locally-salvaged factory beams including Heart Pine found in an old coffee warehouse, shaving soap factory, and automotive garage.

Shake Shack Dumbo (1 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY (corner of Water Street across Brooklyn Bridge Park)) is open seven days a week.

{Shake Shack Announces Dumbo Location for 2014}

05/09/14 11:17am


We hope this isn’t true, but the sign at reBar says “reBar is closed and bankrupt”. Their website is down, and calls to them are unanswered. We’ll post any updates here.

UPDATE: Gothamist has more detail on the closing and quotes from staff:

Several of the employees showed Gothamist text messages from a general manager who told them he also was blindsided by the announcement. Neither Stevens nor his landlord, Joshua Guttman, have responded to requests for comment…

One former upper management employee, who asked to remain anonymous, filled us in via email on more details:
Today was payday and roughly 50 employees are not getting their two week paychecks. We are suppose to have a wedding tomorrow and Sunday as well as every weekend for the next year plus. Literally hundreds of couples who have paid in full or partially to have their weddings at rebar and other venues have been screwed by this man. Not to mention the dozens of purveyors and vendors who are owed money.

05/05/14 10:06am
Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin for NY Daily News

Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin for NY Daily News

A new bar called Brooklyn Monkey opens at 1 Front Street, above Grimaldi’s Pizza in Fulton Ferry Landing today. According to NY Daily News, Angela Raiola (“Big Ang”), a star of VH1’s Mob Wives opens her second bar in NYC.

Because it’s Cinco de Mayo today, next door at 5 Front Street, Gran Electrica will be playing Latin music and serving Mexican cocktails for their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Other Cinco de Mayo celebrations include Pedro’s Restaurant serving their tacos and Coronas, along with other alcohol and food options (over at Jay and Front Streets).

Brooklyn Monkey
1 Front Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11201 (enter through Grimaldi’s Pizza)

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}

12/19/13 5:45pm

DNAinfo reporter Janet Upadhye notes that both Brooklyn Mac and Brooklyn Cupcake are closing their Dumbo pop-up shops in the Pearl Street side (at the 68 Jay Street building) in Dumbo. Brooklyn Cupcake ended its lease this month and Brooklyn Mac will leave in January. According to the DNAinfo article, Brooklyn Cupcake founder Carmen Rodriguez said that “The DUMBO location ended up being a little slow.” The retail spaces are not yet leased.

In the same building, on the Jay Street side, Burrow has opened a “tiny cookie take-out shop” with good coffee and tea. Owner Akako Kurokawa opened her shop on December 7, 2013. She was a former patissier at The Modern at MoMA and Plaza Hotel. The coffee is from Kitten Coffee and the tea from Mariage Freres.

Photo from lozares

Photo from lozares

Judging from Ms. Kurokawa’s Instagram photos, the cookies and pastries look delicious. Have you tried them?

Burrow Patisserie
68 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (lobby of the Jay Street entrance)
Hours: weekdays, noonish ~ 5ish, closed on the weekends

{Brooklyn Mac Opens in Dumbo, 28May2013}
{Brooklyn Cupcake Opens in Dumbo, 18Feb2013}