08/14/14 11:30am

john street rendering brooklyn bridge park 82014

Excavation and site work is moving along at the Main Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. The former Department of Environmental Protection building at 1-19 Plymouth Street looks like it’s already getting some improvements, and the small paint shed and garage next door at 121 Plymouth Street was demolished earlier this summer.

We found this rendering on the fence, which might be what the DEP building will look like once construction finishes. The revamped building will be a 1,700-square-foot park facility with restrooms, community space and an environmental center.

Just to the east at John Street Park, the little stretch of waterfront has been cleared for more new park land and a 96,440-square-foot condo development. In the fall, Alloy Development is expected to begin construction on its mixed-use condo project, which will include 47 units, an annex for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and ground floor retail. GMAP

Click through for construction shots of Plymouth Street.

Construction Begins at John Street Park [Brownstoner]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Planning Expansion at Main Street [Brownstoner]

07/29/14 12:55pm

30 main street dumbo 72014

While the furniture isn’t helping the sales cause, this new listing at 30 Main Street in Dumbo should have plenty of suitors. The big one-bedroom (plus windowless home office) has nearly 1,500 square feet of space and sports a generous master suite in addition to the large living/dining/kitchen area. The apartment doesn’t seem to have any views of Manhattan but the combination of high floor and southern exposure means there’s lots o’ light. Asking price: $1,649,000.

30 Main Street, #11D [Elliman] GMAP

07/16/14 4:00pm

dumbo public art map

Dumbo developer Two Trees has just released a new map of all 19 public art installations and murals in the waterfront neighborhood, making it easier for tourists and locals to discover the area’s hidden charms. The Google Map includes a photo of each piece, a brief description and a link to the artist’s or project’s website. Highlights include murals along the BQE by MOMO, Craig Anthony Miller and DALeast; Tom Fruin’s iconic water tower on Jay Street; and a Superhero-themed photo installation printed along the fence on Anchorage Place. Head over here to check out the map.

07/14/14 9:30am

55 pearl street dumbo 72014

Alloy Development’s Dumbo townhouses are taking shape at the corner of Pearl and Water Streets. Each of the five row houses will be 18 feet wide, five stories high and include four bedrooms and three baths spread across 15,000 square feet. The town homes at 55-57 Pearl Street will share a ductile concrete facade with wood on the ground floor, which was designed to fit into Dumbo’s industrial landscape. (more…)

06/19/14 12:54pm

185 plymouth street dumbo 62014

This new loft listing at 185 Plymouth Street in Dumbo is pretty impressive. The 3,275-square-foot condo has beautiful original details (namely wood columns and exposed brick walls) as well as some sleek modern touches in the kitchen and bathroom. The only negative we can see is that the living area fronts on what appears to be an interior courtyard. There seems to be plenty of light, though, so perhaps not a deal killer. Asking price is $4,400,000 and there’s an open house on Sunday from 12 to 1:30 pm.

185 Plymouth Street, #3S [Sotheby's] GMAP

06/17/14 2:00pm

shake shack opening 1 old fulton street dumbo

Shake Shack’s Dumbo outpost opened this morning at 1 Old Fulton Street. The franchise’s second Brooklyn location serves all the usual burgers and shakes as well as some Dumbo-specific menu items.

There’s a shake named after Jane’s Carousel called the “Caramel Carousel” and the “Brooklyn Pie Oh My,” a vanilla frozen custard shake with slices of pie made by Four & Twenty Blackbirds. They also serve red and white wine from California-based Frog’s Leap Winery.

The interior walls are clad with reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar from retired rooftop water towers on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and the tables are made out of factory beams salvaged from the Empire Stores warehouses. Click through the jump to see some interior photos! GMAP


06/16/14 12:59pm

192 water street dumbo 62014

Ground-floor apartments usually trade at a discount to their upper-floor brethren but there’s no such thing as deal in Dumbo these days. This first-floor unit at 192 Water Street is unusually well-situated though, with the entire apartment opening up onto a private yard. The finishes are lovely and there’s lots of old-world charm as well. Asking price for the 1,391-square-foot pad: $1,650,000.

192 Water Street, #1W [Stribling] GMAP

05/28/14 9:00am

The first few rows of windows are going in at Two Trees’ Dock Street Dumbo project, which will include a 17-story apartment building and a school. The glassy tower at 60 Water Street will house 290 rentals, 58 of which will be affordable. Affordable rents range from $538 for a studio to $893 for two-bedrooms, as we reported when the housing lottery opened in February.

There will also be a shorter seven-story building and a 50,000-square-foot, 300-seat public middle school. Designed by Ismael Levya Architects and LEESER Architecture, the development is so close to the bridge that you could probably “tag it from the Brooklyn Bridge,” as McBrooklyn points out.

Two Trees’ 60 Water in Dumbo Now Taking Applications for Affordable Housing [Brownstoner]

05/27/14 2:00pm

shake shack 1 old fulton street dumbo 52014

The rapidly expanding Shake Shack franchise will open its second Brooklyn outpost next month at 1 Old Fulton Street in Dumbo. Community Board 2′s transportation committee approved a small sidewalk cafe last week for the burger joint’s new storefront, which sits on the corner of Water and Old Fulton Streets facing Brooklyn Bridge Park. The cafe will have four tables with eight seats on the Old Fulton Street side of the building, where Shake Shack recently put up signage. The manager told us that he hopes to open in the next few weeks. The spot’s former occupant was Pete’s Downtown restaurant, which began serving Italian food in the early ’80s and closed in December 2011.

The burger chain already has one location in Downtown Brooklyn, and a third one under construction on Flatbush Avenue near the Barclays Center. GMAP

05/22/14 12:58pm

We’ve long admired the exterior of 8 Old Fulton Street and now we get a peek at the interior thanks to this new co-op listing in the 160-year-old building. The ground-level (to be fair, it’s a couple of feet above sidewalk level) apartment sports big windows, high ceilings and impressive wood joists. There’s a mezzanine and a lower-level rec room to complement the main living space. Nice bones if you can tolerate the substantial weekend foot traffic outside your windows. Asking price is $895,000.

8 Old Fulton Street, #1N [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

05/22/14 9:30am


The former coffee warehouses at Empire Stores will have a rooftop beer garden and an upscale restaurant, the Brooklyn Eagle reported. There’s a French brasserie slated for the ground floor, and developer Midtown Equities is in talks with a few well-known chefs who might open two other eateries in the huge brick building. Leases are out for all three food businesses, but they haven’t been signed yet. Ground-floor restaurants will face Brooklyn Bridge Park and its iconic views of the bridges and Manhattan. On the Water Street side, Midtown Equities is negotiating space with a yoga studio and a gym.

When construction on the landmark building finishes, Empire Stores will offer 430,000 feet of rentable space — 150,000 square feet of which has already been taken by furniture retailer West Elm and fancy coffee shop La Colombe. And the asking rents are high, even by Dumbo standards. Midtown Equities wants $90 per square foot for office space in a glass-faced rooftop addition, $65 a square foot on other floors, $150 a square foot on the ground floor facing the park, and $125 for the ground floor retail space facing Water Street, the Real Deal reported last year.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry – in Empire Stores’ Rooftop Beer Garden [Brooklyn Eagle]