11/07/15 2:00pm

Note: We’ve been looking back thru the DumboNYC archive and unearthing some gems. We’ll republish from time to time. Enjoy!

This post was originally published July 23, 2007.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted “Dumbo Streetscapes Then and Now” photos. Here, we are looking north down Jay Street (towards Manhattan) from Front Street. Step outside to the right out of the York Street Station on the F train and this is the view you see. In the first photo, the 68 Jay Street building is front and center with a sliver of 20 Jay Street behind it and a faint view of the Empire State Building across the river. This 70 year photo (1937), by photographer, Percy Loomis Sperr, show the water towers on the 68 Jay Street building (currently removed, except for the base). On the right side of the photo, there are buildings which no longer exist. The Jehovah’s Witness lot (85 Jay Street) currently occupies a parking lot there. On the back of the photo:

Jay Street, west side, north from a point south of Front Street, to the East River. In order, are the buildings occupied by the Grant Union Tea Co.; the John Maury Paint Co.; and the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. In the background towering over Manhattan, is the Empire State Building. (March 9, 1937)


July 21, 2007


02/13/15 5:06pm

51 Jay Hero

51 Jay Street is an existing warehouse building in Dumbo being transformed into 74 condominiums, including studios, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, six penthouses and a townhouse. Sales were launched on January 5, 2015, and within 30 days, the building has sold over 30% of its units, according to the development firms.

The listings on Streeteasy, list prices from $875,000 for a 664sf studio to a $5.15MM four bedroom, 4 bath 2,663fs penthouse unit. The average asking price for the 29 units currently released is $2,271,000 (avg square feet of 1,512). Average one bedrooms are asking $1,306,000 (927 square feet), average two bedrooms are asking $2,137,000 (1,472 square feet), and average three bedrooms are asking $3,047,333 (1,963 square feet).

The pricing has already increased four times in its initial release, and based on the development firm feedback from Slate Property Group and Adam America Real Estate, the ODA Architecture designed building will sell out very quickly.

Dvir Cohen Hoshen, co-founder and principal of Adam America Real Estate, stated, “The pace of sales is unlike anything we have experienced before. The combined value of the building design, Dumbo location and unit size is not matched by any other property in New York City.”

“We have received exceptional feedback from buyers and the real estate community, with the unanimous reaction that 51 Jay is one of the most uniquely designed products on the market,” stated Martin Nussbaum, Principal of Slate Property Group.

51 Jay Street is scheduled for completion in Spring 2016.

Duplex Courtyard Facing



{51 Jay Street Conversion to have up to 74 Apartments, 22May2014}
{ 51 Jay Street Warehouse in Dumbo on the Market, 07Dec2011}
{LPC Approves Plans for 201 Water St, 01Feb2010}

07/21/14 2:20pm


Visit Egg by Susan Lazar at 72 Jay Street for their semi-annual sale, which includes items from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.


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Styles including graphic tees, silk cotton dresses, swimwear and rash guards, cotton shirts, and more are up to 70% off. Some items are even as low as $8. If you can’t make it to the Dumbo location, shop online at www.egg-baby.com. Free shipping is included when you spend $100 or more.

09/11/13 5:46pm
Jay Street foot bridge and plaza. Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park

Jay Street foot bridge and plaza. Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park

Back in June, Brooklyn Community Board 2 unanimously (8-0-0) voted to recommend a plan to construct a plaza at the foot of Jay Street in Dumbo. The plan is being presented today to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), as the area is within the DUMBO Historic District. [UPDATE: Community Board 2 voted 34 in favor, one opposed, one abstention (34-1-1) to recommend LPC approve the application.]

Above is a rendering from the presentation.

Last month, the end of Jay Street was put to use with a pop-up beach. This proposal will create a new permanent plaza space to serve as the northern entrance into Brooklyn Bridge Park, next to the 10 Jay Street building, reinstall existing Belgian blocks, preserve the original tracks (which were part of the Jay Street Connecting Railroad between 1904 and 1959, moving freight cars from carfloats on the East River to the industrial buildings and warehouses), and install a connection to a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the John Street development site into Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Jay Street land bridge and plaza is on the LPC agenda for September 24, 2013:

For more details from the presentation, click more below.

{Dumbo’s Jay Street Pop-up Beach, 15Aug2013}