The Dumbo Improvement District notes that two new restaurants will open in the former Governor and Rice spaces. The Atrium, at 15 Main Street, will offer casual fine dining showcasing locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. At 81 Washington Street, Mediterranean restaurant Dish is scheduled to open in June.
The Atrium (owned by Cobblestone Restaurant Group) received their liquor license last month. The restaurant seats 63 and will open Mon-Wed 5:30pm-12am, Thur-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-12am. According to the Community Board 2, the owners of The Atrium have extensive experience in 4 star restaurants in Europe and USA and have worked with Daniel Boloud and Jean Georges.
[UPDATE: From NY Times (May 28, 2013): “ATRIUM The space that housed Governor until Sandy blew in has new owners, a team that met at DB Bistro Moderne. Laurent Kalkotour, who was executive chef, will run the kitchen; Alexander LaPratt, who was a sommelier, will be beverage director; Leslie Affre, who was the maître d’, will be the manager. They plan to open this summer: 15 Main Street (Water Street), Dumbo, Brooklyn.”]
15 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Playground (aka pirate ship playground) will reopen on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Hurricane Sandy brought damaging floodwaters to the park’s surface and closed over the winter. Park officials have been replacing the surface with a more colorful and durable material. Come celebrate the re-opening on Saturday, April 6 at 11 am with light refreshments and the Dumbo Kite Flying Society. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The L Mag’s annual 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn was posted last week. Among the best included a few in Dumbo, one in Vinegar Hill, and Brooklyn Heights:
Best Urban Palimpsest: Plymouth Street, between Washington and Main streets, DUMBO “On one side are old Gairville warehouses, repurposed for start-ups and a (now out-of-business) restaurant; on the other, a mod Brooklyn Bridge Park playground. In the middle are belgian blocks cut through with decommissioned rails, driving over which you might spot an aughts-model sports car (as we did the other day).”
Best Honest-to-Goodness Alleyway: Howard Alley, DUMBO “Watch a Hollywood movie set in NYC, and you’ll likely see at some point a character dash down an alley. But truth is this city ain’t got many alleys, at least not anymore. (It’s the one thing Chicago has on us.) But this back-passage in DUMBO looks just like the genuine article—much cooler than nearby Fleet Alley, a glorified driveway—complete with a scary door at its end we’d dare never approach, let alone pass through.”
Best-Smelling Block: Front Street, between Adams and Washington streets, DUMBO “We walk down this street to work almost every day and are greeted by olfactory goodness. First the smell of freshly made juices from Foragers, then the toasted bread from the panini grill at Al Mar, and finally the scent of bacon-y goodness from Peas & Pickles. Then, of course, you cross the street and get assaulted by the mysterious sewage smell outside of West Elm and are forced to recognize that happiness is fleeting and garbage is always around the corner. Such is life.”
Cutest Private Street: Harrison Alley, Vinegar Hill “If you’ve never wandered through the strange few blocks that constitute Vinegar Hill, you really should. Like, just around the corner from the popular Vinegar Hill House restaurant is this alley, basically a driveway, long-since (always?) fenced off by the people who live in the house at its end. (A curious sculpture surrounds their mailbox on the public side of the fence.) Yet it still has an official city street sign, adorably hanging off a crooked pole.”
Best Bike Lane Block: Flushing Avenue, between Washington Avenue and Hall Street, Clinton Hill “Just in general, Flushing is one of the borough’s most reliable thoroughfares for cyclists, but the stretch along the Brooklyn Navy Yards, starting at Washington? Pure bliss. Here, there’s an actual cement barrier separating you and your bike from oblivious drivers. It’s almost too good to be true!”
(One of) Five Best Blocks to Live On
College Place, Brooklyn Heights “Love Lane is the one everyone knows, but it’s this side street off that side street that’s really where you’ll find some of the prettiest housing stock in Brooklyn. Get down to the end and it’s just ridiculously European—plus totally secluded, even though you’re a very short walk away from stores and subways.”
03/21/2013: [UPDATE 3/28/2013: Contract signed] 1 Main Street #11D (Sotheby’s), $3,200,000 ($1290/sf), $1495/mo cc, $965/mo tax (J-51 abatement expires in 2013), 2479sf, 3 bed, 2.5 bath
85 Adams Street #19C:
This condo was previously listed for $995k in February 2012, lowered bo $949 a month later, and removed from the market in July. Great views of Manhattan from this 19th story condo. Active listings for this building average $851/sqft.
1 Main Street #11D:
According to public records, this condo unit sold in January 2007 for $2,450,000. (In 2005, sold for $1,9150,000.) This condo is a rare 3 bedroom unit (for Dumbo) with full bathrooms for two bedrooms. Direct views of the East River and Manhattan.
We’re sad to hear that Governor restaurant will not reopen. After Hurrican Sandy destroyed the restaurant on October 29, 2012, Governor vowed to rebuild. There was a successful crowdfunding campaign on Gofundme.com that allowed the community to help them rebuild. Dumbo was rooting for them to come back. They, along with the restaurant group’s Gran Electrica and Colonie have given Dumbo quality food choices. However, the “scope and scale of repairing the damage to our restaurant is beyond our means financially.” We wish the Governor staff well.
Statement from the Governor staff:
The humblest of thanks for the outpouring of support and generosity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The response from the community, the restaurant industry, and the media has been gracious, thoughtful, and deeply touching. We have, regrettably, been forced to accept that the scope and scale of repairing the damage to our restaurant is beyond our means financially. It is with a very heavy heart that we must face up to this fact.
To all of you who donated so generously to help us realize our vision of rebuilding, we are forever grateful. The myriad concerns related to ending a business have made this process complicated and difficult. However, we plan to refund all who donated to our cause as soon as possible. We truly regret that we were not able to bring Governor back to DUMBO.
Please provide a mailing address and we will issue checks to all of you as soon as we can.
Warmest wishes and all our best, The Governor family