11/17/14 11:39am


Community Board 2 is hosting a public workshop on the “Brooklyn Strand”, the working name for 21 acres of underutilized and under-programmed parks and plazas that begins at the Brooklyn Bridge and extends through the center of Downtown Brooklyn to Brooklyn Borough Hall (or vice versa). The Brooklyn Strand includes Cadman Plaza, Walt Whitman Park, the Korean Veterans Plaza, Columbus Park, and various vacant municipal lots and lawns.

As part of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan, which was unveiled in June 2013, these spaces have the potential to serve as a connecting point between two borough-wide destinations (Brooklyn Bridge Park and Downtown Brooklyn) and many neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, etc.).

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Parks, and City Planning have engaged the urban architecture firm WXY Studio to solicit feedback from the public to understand the current uses, wishes, and opportunities for the open spaces along the Brooklyn Strand. From their work with the stakeholders, WXY will create an action plan for the open space, with the goal of submitting a conceptual plan to the Public Design Commission in 2015.

Community Board 2 strongly encourages everyone to review and comment on the work of WXY Studio. For more on the “Brooklyn Strand”, see brooklyntechtriangle.com/4-dynamic-places-for-tech.

Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan

Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan

Public Workshop: Thursday, November 20, 2014; Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue at Prince Street, Brooklyn

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}

04/14/14 5:32pm
Photo by Montag007

Photo by Montag007

The Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks show will finally be moved back to the East River at the Brooklyn Bridge and on East River barges, Mayor de Blasio and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today.

The last time Macy’s held its fireworks show on the East River was in 2008. In 2009 it was moved to the Hudson River to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage; it has stayed there since.

From State Senator Daniel Squadron — “I’m pleased to have pushed for this with Public Advocate de Blasio for years and now — more fruitfully — to partner with Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s to get it done. I look forward to enjoying the show with millions more New Yorkers in more boroughs for years to come.”

According to the NY Daily News, City officials expect some 3 million people to turn out for the display. Prime viewing spots will include Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Dumbo waterfront and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, where the plan was announced today.

01/03/14 8:51am
(Photo by zkubin on Instagram)

(Photo by zkubin on Instagram)

Dumbo got about 4 inches of snow last night from the ‘snow storm’. As of 8am, there’s a light dusting of snow coming down, but according to the Accuweather report, there won’t be much more significant snow accumulation. The temperature is cold (12 degrees F but feels like -10 F with the wind), so exercise caution when going outside.

If you have kids, NYC Public Schools are closed today. For sledding, go to Clumber Corner on the corner of Washington and Prospect Streets in Dumbo or go to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

11/15/13 12:22pm

In our recap of a community development meeting earlier this month, the DOT announced that they approved all-direction stop signs at the intersection of Water and Main Street. However, according to an article on DNAinfo yesterday, residents of Dumbo are worried about traffic at intersections of Jay and Water streets, Water and Dock streets, York and Washington streets, York and Front streets and Bridge and Front streets.

In the community meeting, the DOT representative Chris Hrones acknowledged a need to do “ongoing research and data collection for other intersections”. But these intersetions did not meet the warrants for the pedestrian requirements and will not have a stop sign at this time. The DOT “applies federal guidelines — including traffic and pedestrian volumes, overall traffic flow, school crossings, the intersection’s crash history and other factors — to determine whether an intersection is eligible for a stop sign or traffic light.”

This doesn’t matter, say parents who posted on a Dumbo Parent’s newsgroup. “For all of you who made suggestions about the various scary intersections in Dumbo after the accident on York and Washington back in June, we did get the DOT (via pressure from the BID and from the Dumbo Neighborhood Association) to assess all of those corners. Unfortunately, the DOT rejected making specific changes at this time, with the exception of a new stop sign on Main and Water.” The DOT representatives we spoke to say that the assessments on the intersections will be revisited again in 18 months.

One parent who lives in the neighborhood, who asked to remain unnamed, said, “Can we not balance the historical traffic data that with information we know is coming in the near future? For example, we know the 18 story Dock Street building will have 400 rental units, 400 parking spaces, a 300 seat middle school. That’s 1500 additional people coming in and out of the entrances and exits at Water Street, Dock Street, and Front Street. We should be able to anticipate this traffic, along with the new Empire Stores to prevent accidents.”

Another parent wrote “When it comes to construction – there is almost no coordination between traffic and community — its traffic and construction company — we as home owners and the community are “inconvenienced” is the thought process.” Put all this together with the newer rental building at 30 Washington Street (94 units), other new housing developments (Pierhouse (200 hotel rooms, 159 residential units, a 300-car underground parking garage), Dumbo Townhouses, and John Street condos), and the 1.2 million-square-foot complex at the site of the Watchtower buildings), we should have a clearer picture of how much increase of pedestrian, bus, and car traffic the area will gain.

10/29/13 2:57pm

The winter Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA registration is open only for a short time. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a great way to connect with your neighbors and support a local farm, not to mention the wonderful produce you’ll pick up every week.

The winter season consists of 7 weekly pickups of vegetables, fruit, cheese, cider and soup. They are partnering with Sang Lee Farms, which provides the fresh, organic vegetables and have been running since 2007 in Dumbo.

The’ve extended the sign up deadline until Thursday. Please see the pricing and other details via this link: Smore.com/ugug

What’s coming this week

Partial share:
1 bunch Cilantro
1 bunch Carrots
3 heads Baby Bok Choy
1 bunch Radishes
1 Caraflex Cabbage
1/2 lb. Snap Beans
1/2 lb. Large Tomatoes
3-4 pcs. Chilli Peppers

Full share:
1 Green Romaine
1 bunch Kale
2 Purple Top Turnips
1 head Broccoli
1 pc. Daikon Radish
1 lb. Red Fingerling potatoes
1 head Bok Choy
1 lb. Snap Beans
1 lb. Large Tomatoes
8 oz. Lunch Box Peppers
3 pcs. Eggplant
Fruit share: 1 bag cameo apples and 1 bag red delicious
Cheese share: no word yet