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}

05/05/14 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)

10/31/13 2:14pm
Photo Credit: Edward Reed

Photo Credit: Edward Reed

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today broke ground on the new home of St. Ann’s Warehouse at Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Mayor was joined by Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, St. Ann’s Warehouse Executive Director Susan Feldman, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White. The selection of the developer and plans were announced in September 2013.

“Today is another big day for Brooklyn Bridge Park – and the beginning of a great new chapter in the history of the Tobacco Warehouse and the St. Ann’s Warehouse performing arts institution,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The renovated Warehouse will house a multi-use space for artists, schools, and community groups and will be a wonderful addition to New York’s proud tradition of arts and culture in our public parks.”

Image from Marvel Architects

Image from Marvel Architects

St. Ann’s Warehouse is currently at 29 Jay Street until the construction of the new space is completed in the Fall of 2015. The Mayor’s press release states, “In its current, roofless state, the Tobacco Warehouse assumes a trapezoidal footprint made up of a rectangle and an adjacent triangle. With St. Ann’s Warehouse, Marvel Architects PLLC has designed an 18,000-square-foot enclosed building with a flexible performance space the size and signature style of St. Ann’s previous warehouse theaters; a second, 1,000-square-foot multi-use community space for local artists, educational and community groups; artists’ support spaces; offices, and a waterside lobby with many archways and access points to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The original brick walls are to be preserved and visible throughout the foyers, theater and Community Room. The 7,600-square-foot triangle space will be left open-air, and is imagined as a walled birch tree grove, to be landscaped by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and open to the public, through its many open arches, during Park hours. The original walls for the Triangle Garden will be experienced first-hand by park visitors seeking shelter from the wind or shade from the sun. It may also serve as an entranceway for the theater and Community Room from New Dock Street.”

Other park developments will also break ground in early 2014, including the Main Street section of the park and John Street condo develpment and parkland.

Full press release from the Mayor’s Office: nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/353-13/mayor-bloomberg-breaks-ground-new-home-st-ann-s-warehouse-brooklyn-bridge-park

More about the future St. Ann’s Warehouse here: stannswarehouse.org/tobacco_warehouse.php

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06/14/13 8:00am

Empire Stores from Manhattan Bridge

Back in September 28 2012, the Brooklyn Bridge Park issued a request for proposals to develop the Empire Stores building for the long-term lease, rehabilitation and operation of commercial and retail development in the historic structures (no condos). Submissions were due in December 2012, and 10 proposals were submitted. They were presented to the committee on March 19, 2013. Final selection to be decided this summer 2013.

The building is located within the Fulton Ferry Historic District and eligible for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Empire Stores was closed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 2008 after OGS determined that existing building conditions made the building uninhabitable without significant renovations.

The RFP required respondents to submit conceptual plans that demonstrate thoughtful adaptive reuse of the structures, responsiveness to the site design guidelines and a level of design that is on par with the investment made on the part of the public sector.

The full presentation of responses are posted on BrooklynBridgePark.org website. The ten teams presented the following renderings:

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Which one(s) are your favorite proposals?

{Brooklyn Bridge Park Issues a Request to Develop Empire Stores, 02Oct2012}
{Empire Stores on Endangered List, 05Dec2008}

05/15/13 11:49am

Some 25,000 runners—the most in the event’s history—will race in the 33rd annual Brooklyn Half on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The race takes runners on 13.1-mile journey through the heart of the country’s fourth largest city, traveling from the rolling hills of Prospect Park through Grand Army Plaza, and a myriad of historical communities to a one-of-a-kind finish on the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

From the folks at the Brooklyn Half Marathon, there is a 3 day pre-party in Fulton Ferry Landing and Dumbo starting today:

You’re not in Manhattan anymore, and this isn’t just a number pickup. You’re running in Brooklyn now, baby—and this is Dumbo, where we’re throwing a three-day bash to get runners ready for the all-new, bigger, better Brooklyn Half.

The Pre-Party is a festival of music, food, and shopping—including great running gear from New Balance. It’s a quick and easy trip, and you’ll find out why so many people are crossing the East River.

Getting There
Come on over to the Old Tobacco Warehouse, right on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront at 26 New Dock Street. It’s a real 19th-century warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, right under the bridge. The nearby High Street subway station is one stop from Manhattan on the A/C line; you can also take the 2/3 to Clark Street or the F to York Street and walk a few blocks. Or take the East River Ferry from East 34th Street, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, or Wall Street for $4 each way. Another option is to walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza and then three more blocks down Fulton Landing or Washington Street to the waterfront.

What’s Going On?
How about live music, Brooklyn house DJs, an outdoor beer garden, great eats from local vendors and food trucks, an espresso bar, official Brooklyn Half merchandise, New Balance shoes, and Team for Kids Taper Runs? Throw in running-form analysis, the New Balance insta-grapher, and maybe a genuine Italian ice, and you get the idea: This isn’t just another pre-race expo—this is a Pre-Party. (You do get to pick up your race number (with B-tag) and your New Balance technical participant shirt.)
Think about it: You’re going to run 13.1 miles through some of the most colorful neighborhoods on earth. Your finish line is at Coney Island. We can’t have you getting bored before the start!

Dates and Times*
Wednesday, May 15 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 12:00 noon–9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
*Last entry into bib pickup: 9:00 p.m. / Last call for beer and food: 9:30 p.m.

Head to the grotto for beer provided by:
Brooklyn Brewery

Taste local fare from food vendors and more:
McClure’s Pickles
Takumi Taco
Chickpea & Olive (Wednesday/Thursday only)
Omilk (Friday only)
One Girl Cookies

And check out the food trucks lining the warehouse:
La Bella Torte (Wednesday/Thursday only)
Andy’s Italian Ice
Trusty’s Burgers & Bites
Hibachi Heaven (Wednesday/Thursday night and Friday all day)
Munchie Mobile (Thursday night only)

04/25/13 8:00am

Movie with a View
(Photo by lmichalos)

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announced the Movies With A View lineup for the 14th year. This will be Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s sixth year partnering with Syfy to present Syfy Movies With A View. The free, outdoor film series will take place on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and will feature films from different cities around the globe.

The first film in the park kicks off on Thursday, July 11, 2013 and runs weekly through Thursday, August 29, 2013. The audience will be taken on a journey each week with feature films that take place in cities such as Chicago (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Hong Kong (Enter the Dragon), London (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Rome (Roman Holiday), Detroit (8 Mile), Philadelphia (Rocky), San Francisco (Vertigo), and a location that the public will choose later in the summer.

In line with the “With Love From…” theme, DJs from Brooklyn Radio will feature pre-movie music from the films’ locations. BAMcinématek will continue to curate short films to be shown before the feature each week.

The Conservancy is also excited to welcome back community partners Astronomers Association of New York, who will be on hand to help stargazers scan the skies with telescopes provided by Syfy, and Transportation Alternatives, who provide free bike valet parking. Also highlighting the series are returning media sponsors Time Out New York and Brownstoner. DUMBO-based publication, Gothamist, will be joining the team as a media sponsor for the first time.

Music starts at 6:00 pm, and the films begin at sundown. Park concessionaires Blue Marble Ice Cream, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Subs, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar will be offering food and drink for purchase.

FREE! On the Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (directions)

See www.brooklynbridgepark.org for full press release and more information.

Note: capacity is limited and lawn seating is first come, first served.

Full movie lineup after the jump: