09/27/17 3:10pm

Folk music. Bluegrass. Country. These are not genres one necessarily associates with the Brooklyn waterfront. Until recently, Dumbo’s previous musical claim to fame was being the backdrop of the 1987 Bananarama video for “Cruel, Cruel Summer.” During the past three years, however, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival founder Jan Bell has worked to change that.

Photo by David Donohoe via Facebook

The sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and lots and lots of guitars echoed throughout Dumbo and Red Hook this past weekend, thanks to the festival, which started in 2015. This year, the 2017 Brooklyn Americana Music Festival consisted of more than 60 acts across seven stages and four days, kicking off with a sold-out gala last Thursday at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook–showcasing bands from as far away as Kansas (Truck Stop Honeymoon) and Indiana (Tim Grimm Family Band)–and finishing Sunday night with an afterparty at Dumbo landmark Superfine.

The Aching Hearts Play Pier 6 | Facebook

Over the weekend, performances took place in the Archway under Manhattan Bridge, at beloved Red Hook watering hole Sunny’s, Red Hook Bait & Tackle, 68 Jay Street Bar, and the picnic tables at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Shows started on Saturday and Sunday around noon and went, in some cases, past midnight. Local performers included 12-year old Little Nora Brown, the Brothers Brothers, the Chapin Sisters, Gangstagrass impresario Rench, and the Defibulators. (more…)

06/25/14 11:19am

Now that soccer fever is officially sweeping the country why not take an extended lunch on Thursday and watch the US advance to the next round of the World Cup. So far the 2014 World Cup under the Archway has been a smashing success and Thursday’s game promises to be just as epic. If you want to take a really extended lunch, you can watch all three games listed below, lets just hope your boss will understand!

Here is the remaining 2014 schedule:

Thursday, June 26: 12p: USA v. Germany; 12p: Portugal v. Ghana; 4p: South Korea v. Belgium; 4p: Algeria v. Russia.
Saturday, June 28: 12p: Knockout Stage; 4p: Knockout Stage
Sunday, June 29: 12p: Knockout Stage; 4p: Knockout Stage
Saturday, July 5: 12p: Quarterfinals, 4p: Quarterfinals
Sunday, July 13: 3p: Final
All events are all ages, free and open to the entire community.


  • Location: The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, on Water St. between Adams and Pearl St., Dumbo Brooklyn
05/29/13 3:31pm

Flea Food Under the Archway - Thursdays and Fridays 12-3pm

Flea Food Under The Archway returns to Dumbo starting tomorrow (May 30, 2013) through August.

From noon to 3pm every Thursdays and Fridays, vendors will be serving lunch, drinks, and snacks. The vendor lineup includes:

Thanks to DUMBO Improvement District for organizing the Flea Food and planned activities.

05/15/13 3:30pm

If you’re prepping for the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday and you’ve already stopped by the pre-party at the Tobacco Warehouse, head over to The Archway for the Bike Home From Work Party on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:30pm. The Archway will be transformed into an evening festival of bicycles. Pop-up shops with bicycles, clothes and accessories will line the streets, with a “Reflective Fashion Show” on the catwalk. The event is free, and there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Celebrate bicycling to work:

What: Bike Home From Work Party Presented By GIRO
Who: Hosted by Transportation Alternatives
Where: The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, on Water St. between Adams and Pearl St., DUMBO
When: Friday, May 17th at 6:30 pm

Event Description:
Bright lights against the night, the Manhattan skyline in the distance and a catwalk alive with reflective tape? It’s not your typical Brooklyn Friday night at the first-ever Bike Home from Work Party. Under the high stone archways of the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO Brooklyn will be transformed into an evening festival of bicycles. Pop-up shops with bicycles, clothes and accessories will line the streets. With a “Reflective Fashion Show” on the catwalk, visibility will blend with haute couture. Food, drink and a joyful way to celebrate bicycling to work.

RSVP: bikenyc.org/bike-home-party

Food vendors include:

03/19/13 12:47pm

(photo by tripill)

Officials from the NYCDOT, NYCDDC, and Dumbo Improvement District have hosted two public workshops to gather community input on the permanent design of the plaza space known as Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo Brooklyn, on in July 2012 and January 2013. They have incorporated the community’s comments and suggestions and will be hosting a third workshop for another round of feedback on March 20, 2013 at 6pm at NYU-Poly Incubator (20 Jay Street, Suite 312).

As we noted in November 2011, the Dumbo Improvement District secured $20 million for a second phase of street reconstruction, which includes the permanent build out of the Pearl Street Triangle.

Please join to give your feedback or comment below on what you would like incorporated there.

03/12/13 12:46am


(Photo by @jennybeanNYC)

The Dumbo Improvement District introduced the installation of Heartwalk, a massive, 30-foot art installation made from Sandy-salvaged wood in the Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo. Situ Studio (based in 20 Jay Street in Dumbo) was originally commissioned to create the piece for Times Square. Heartwalk will be on view in the Pearl Street Triangle (Water Street at Pearl Street) through April 30, 2013.


(Photo by Keith Sirchio)

Read more about it on The Dumbo Improvement District website.