04/07/14 12:56pm

This two-bedroom, two-bath loft space in the Eagle Warehouse in Dumbo seems like a lot of space for the money. There’s a 45-foot-long living/dining space and a bonus home office or storage space. Altogether, it’s 1,787 square feet, according to the listing. The ask is $1,399,000. What do you think of it?

28 Old Fulton Street, #4D [Corcoran] GMAP

04/02/14 2:00pm


A movie making school for kids called Automatic Studios has opened at 30 John Street in the new Made in New York Media Center in Dumbo, DNAinfo reported. Classes will cover script writing, editing and visual effects, among other topics.

The first series of classes for ages 8 to 14 starts later this month. The cost is $600 for nine classes. A week-long summer day camp starts in June and costs $675.

New Dumbo Classes Teach Kids to Make Movies [DNAinfo] GMAP
Photo by Made in New York Media Center

03/26/14 4:00pm


Dumbo was once a major port and an important stop for goods and people. It was also an important place for Brooklyn’s free blacks and the location of many abolitionist activities. Suzanne Spellen, aka Brownstoner columnist Montrose Morris, will lead a walking tour next weekend on the neighborhood’s history, with a focus on its role in slavery and the anti-slavery movement.

The tour is offered by the Brooklyn Historical Society as part of its exhibit “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom.” It will take place next Saturday, April 5 at 11 am. Tickets are $15 for BHS members or $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo by maggiemoo1

03/12/14 10:45am

A tipster tells us work has started up again at the long-dormant warehouse conversion at 53 Bridge Street in Dumbo. The latest alteration permits indicate the developer has scrapped residential plans.

The developer of the long-troubled project was ordered to take down an unsightly and unstable six-story addition back in 2010, designed by disgraced architect Scarano. The architect of record is now NSC Architecture. As far as we know, developer Joshua Guttman is still the owner of the warehouse, which is located at Bridge and Front streets.

A partial stop work order exists on the property.

Guttman Finally Caves on 53 Bridge Street [Brownstoner] GMAP

03/06/14 4:00pm

Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm.

Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased through Bargemusic. Or attend a free performance Saturday at 3 pm, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.

There will be free Bargemusic concerts every Saturday afternoon in March.

Photo by yonijrj

03/03/14 12:58pm

The penthouse at 85 Adams Street has just become available for the asking price of $2,600,000. There are three bedrooms — two of them big — and two bathrooms.

The real draw, however, is the large living and dining area that opens onto a 550-square-foot private terrace with killer views of pretty much everything. The interior square footage is only 1,785 so it’ll be interesting to see if they get their price.

85 Adams Street, #23A [Corcoran] GMAP

02/25/14 11:30am

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 in on track to wrap up construction in the spring, and the finished product will feature a roller rink, several sports courts, workout area and green space. Community Board Two released all the details about the planned five acres for recreation activities in an email yesterday.

Pier 2 will include five full-size basketball courts, two of which will be covered by the pier roof, the roller rink, six handball courts, three shuffleboard courts, two bocce courts, a half acre of turf and a workout area equipped with state of the art fitness equipment. There will also be 12 swings of varying sizes, restrooms, picnic tables, lockers and skate rentals. BBP will begin taking permit applications for use of the sports courts on April 1.

02/18/14 10:00am

Alloy Development has gotten the ball rolling with new building applications for the vacant waterfront site next to the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, where Brooklyn Bridge Park asked developers to design a mixed-use condo development. The developer filed a plan exam application Friday for the 12-story build at 1 John Street.

There will be 42 condos spread across 117,648 square feet of residential space, 3000 square feet of commercial space and 2,551 square feet reserved for a Brooklyn Children’s Museum annex. Amenities for the 123,199-square-foot development will include storage and a roof deck. There’s no parking listed on the permits, although the original RFP asked for up to 110 parking spaces.

One John Street has a teaser site up that reveals two-bedrooms will start at $2,000,000, three-bedrooms at $3,000,000 and four-bedrooms at $3,500,000. Alloy is partnering with Monadnock Development on the project, the fourth Dumbo project on which the two companies have teamed up.

They’re also working on 185 Plymouth Street, 192 Water Street and the group of modernist townhouses at Pearl and Water Streets.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Selects Developers for John Street Apartment Building [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Alloy Development

02/14/14 10:00am


The Water Street Apartments at 60 Water Street in Dumbo are now taking applications for affordable units there. Construction on the Two Trees development, known as Dock Street Dumbo, started in 2012. The 18-story mixed-use development will have 300 rental units in total, including 58 affordable units. The affordable units will range from studios to two-bedrooms.

Monthly rents will start at $538 for a studio and go up as high as $893 for some two-bedroom units, according to an email sent out by Community Board Two. Income caps range from approximately $23,000 a year for a studio to $42,000 a year for a family of four. Applications must be postmarked by April 7. For more information, or to download an application, go to http://www.phippsny.org/page/135.

Steel up at Dock Street Development [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Curbed

02/10/14 10:45am

And in other Jehovah’s Witnesses real estate news, a developer is planning a 12-story, 105-unit rental building for 177 Front Street between Jay and Bridge Streets, occupied by a one-story garage that the Witnesses sold last March for $30,600,000. The Real Deal reported that developer Megalith Capital is going to build mostly one- and two-bedroom units ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 per month, or roughly $65 to $70 per square foot.

Twenty percent of the apartments will be “affordable” units. Designed by Aufgang Architects, the high-rise will also house a restaurant and underground parking. And next door at 200 Water Street, which was also part of the $30,600,000 buy, Megalith is converting a brick factory to condos.

Megalith Plans 105-Unit Dumbo Rental – With Parking [TRD]  GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

02/10/14 9:30am

Development partners Kushner Companies, RFR Realty and LIVWRK Holdings have filed their first round of permits to begin construction on five of the former Watchtower buildings in Dumbo, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported last week. The DOB has approved permits for mechanical and plumbing work and the removal of interior partitions for the hulking former Jehovah’s Witnesses buildings at 55 Prospect Street, 81 Prospect Street, 117 Adams Street, 77 Sands Street and 175 Pearl Street.

The buildings are being made over into office space with tech tenants in mind, as previously reported. The former Bible-printing plants sold for a combined $240,000,000 last October, as part of a bigger $375,000,000 deal that included various other Witnesses properties in Brooklyn Heights, such as a hotel at 90 Sands Street, according to the story.

Construction Plans Okayed for Former Witnesses’ Buildings in Dumbo [Daily Eagle]
Watchtower Development Will Boot Dumbo Into the Big Leagues [Brownstoner]

02/06/14 2:00pm

When Drive Change‘s Snowday food truck pulls up in Dumbo starting the first week of March, it won’t just be serving pulled pork sliders and maple-themed treats. It will also be offering training and employment to formerly incarcerated youths.

After spending three years teaching at Rikers Island’s East River Academy, Drive Change founder Jordyn Lexton realized she could help Rikers alums who had been imprisoned with felony convictions as teenagers begin their careers. Drive Change’s eight-month mentorship program includes two months paid training, four months employment and a two-month transition with continued employment and a job placement strategy.

The truck debuted at the Navy Yard last month and is based at the Brooklyn Commissary in Greenpoint. It will be open Wednesday through Friday at the Dumbo food truck lot at the corner of Jay and Water streets. GMAP

Photo by Edible Manhattan