07/12/12 1:45pm

OPEN CALL to participate in “Stop & Think”

Blue Barn Pictures’ Photographer David Castillo is currently working with the local chapter of a global art project, BE THE CHANGE, inspired by Parisian street artist and TED prize winner JR’s INSIDE OUT PROJECT.

The task, as one of the 24+ participating cities around the world, is to take portraits of New Yorkers along with statements of “how they are being the change in the world or their city”.

The Theme for Be The Change NYC is “Stop-and-Think”, a play on the NYPD’s “Stop-and-Frisk” policy. We will ask participants to draw upon their experience with stereotyping and racial profiling to convey the subject matter through their BE THE CHANGE portraits and statements.

If you would like to participate, or just pass by to say hello, Blue Barn Pictures will be shooting right under The Archway in Dumbo. Across from 155 Water Street today, Thursday, July 12th, 2012 from 1pm till 5pm and Friday, July 13th from 10:30am till 5pm.

07/09/12 2:25pm

The Dumbo Improvement District, with NYC Department of Transportation are proposing the designation of Anchorage Place between Plymouth Street and Pearl Street as a “Restricted Use Street”, permanently closing it to public vehicle traffic, in order to create one unified plaza space flowing from the Pearl Street Triangle into the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. In accordance with Local Law 24 of 2005, a public hearing on this proposed action will be held on July 11 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the DUMBO Loft, 155 Water Street, Brooklyn 11201. Also, NYCDOT will host a public workshop to gather community input on the permanent design of the plaza spaces on July 17, 2012 at 155 Water Street 111 Front Street, Room 216.

Per the Dumbo Improvement District:

Restricting vehicular traffic and pedestrianizing Anchorage Place will enhance safety as pedestrians flow between the Archway and the Pearl Street Triangle. It will also allow the DUMBO Improvement District to increase programming in the plaza spaces by offering a larger area for public seating and for staging of events and art. This pedestrianization proposal received the endorsement of Community Board 2 following a presentation to the Transportation Committee on June 19. 8 retail businesses along Pearl Street and Anchorage Place have signed letters of support.

Details of the proposal:

  • The closure would go into effect sometime this summer.
  • The closure would be implemented through signage and temporary barriers such as movable planters at either end of Anchorage Place (at Plymouth Street and at Pearl Street).
  • Anchorage Place will remain accessible to emergency vehicles at all times.
  • Southbound traffic on Anchorage Place would be rerouted to Pearl Street.
  • To mitigate the loss of 24 parking spaces along Anchorage Place, the NYCDOT Borough Engineer will modify existing parking regulations to create approximately 20-30 new parking spaces in the neighborhood.

A note on the permanent build out of the plaza spaces: This proposed action to designate Anchorage Place as a Restricted Use Street is separate and distinct from the capital construction of the plaza spaces, which is anticipated to begin in 2014 as part of a $20 million reconstruction of DUMBO’s Belgian Block streets. There are no permanent physical changes proposed as part of this action. However, if the proposed action to designate Anchorage Place as a Restricted Use Street is adopted, the permanent design of Anchorage Place in the capital construction project would reflect this designation accordingly. As part of the initiation of the capital design process, NYCDOT will host a public workshop to gather community input on the permanent design of the plaza spaces on July 17, 2012 at 155 Water Street 111 Front Street, Room 216. The proposed design(s) for the capital project will be presented to the Community Board by the Department of Design and Construction at a later date when those design(s) are available.

What do people think about this proposed change?

(Photo courtesy of Dumbo Improvement District)

06/26/12 11:57am

Dumbo-based Etsy is teaming up with the DUMBO Improvement District to bring Hands-On: DUMBO. Join then from 5-8pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to explore our unique Brooklyn neighborhood and take part in craft projects hosted by seven local businesses. The fun starts at the Archway, with music from DJ Colleen Crumbcake, photos in the Magnolia Photo Booth, a pinprick card project led by Etsy staff, and Hands-On: DUMBO maps listing the locations of all the evening’s crafting festivities. Projects range from making pouches out of recycled bike tubes at Recycly-A-Bicycle to learning boxing moves and making sweatbands at Gleason’s Gym. The wide range of projects in DUMBO makes this the perfect family outing or first date, and an opportunity to enjoy the first days of summer.

– Receive discounts when shopping at participating businesses.
– Take part in one, or all of the following projects! Don’t worry, we’ll provide a map.

  1. Brooklyn Roasting Company: Project: DIY Coffee Ice-Cream
  2. Dewey’s Candy: Project: Button Making
  3. Gleason’s Gym: Project: Jump Rope/ Boxing Demo and Personalized Sweatbands
  4. Neighborhoodies: Project: Hand Sewn Patches
  5. One Girl Cookies: Project: Marble Icing on Sugar Cookies
  6. Pomme: Project: Animal Masks
  7. Recycle-A-Bicycle: Project: Bike Tube Pouch (6pm start)

Where: The Archway (Under the Manhattan Bridge between Front St and Plymouth st., Brooklyn, NY 11201)
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 5-8PM
Who: Anyone is welcome! Please RSVP.
Cost: Free
RSVP: handsondumbo.eventbrite.com

Funding provided in part by Councilmember Stephen Levin and the New York City Council.

06/19/12 10:00am

Starting Thursday, June 21, 2012, Brooklyn Flea has announced the Flea Food Under the Archway. Asia Dog (hot dogs with Asian-inspired toppings), Brooklyn Oyster Party (po’ boys and raw bar), Landhaus (pork meatballs, brats), and Mile End (smoked meat), will be serving lunch and dinner every Thursday and Friday.

Brooklyn Roasting Company will be there to serve coffee and treats. There are rumors about booze and other vendors from time to time. Thanks to the Dumbo Improvement District and Brooklyn Flea for bringing this to Dumbo. We are huge fans of all these food choices (though we haven’t tried Brooklyn Oyster Party yet). Come out and support these local food artisans!

Flea Food Under the Archway on Thursdays 11:30am-8pm, and Fridays 11:30am-4pm, through August 2012 at The Archway (under the Manhattan Bridge between Anchorage Place and Adams Street.

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05/30/12 12:26pm

The Dumbo Improvement District has organized the 4th Annual Epic Dumbo Stoop Sale. They have partnered with Krrb, an online garage sale, block sale, flea market and local classifieds all wrapped into one. At this annual community event, locals will be selling their gently used second-hand goods – “we expect to have it all – kids stuff, clothes, housewares and more. Buy. Sell. Have a good time.” The sale will run from 11am-5pm under The Archway in Dumbo Brooklyn on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

From Dumbo Improvement District:

Also happening in DUMBO on June 2nd, Browse and Pick, a two-part ticketed event where participants drop off items for the swap and return later to use points to acquire different items from the event. And from 10AM-10PM, the World Science Festival takes over Pier 1 and the Main Street Sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park – learn secrets about the Brooklyn Bridge, take a park-wide botanical safari and end the day with stargazing!

Check out the stoop sale (rain or shine) and mingle with friends and neighbors!