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Two Trees commissioned three new works of public art in Dumbo, one of which is Tom Fruin’s multicolored stained glass house, as well as a new mural at the Domino Sugar development site, according to the developer’s PR reps. Fruin assembled his brightly colored “Kolonihavehus” near Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park to coincide with the Dumbo Arts Fest last month, and it will remain on display until the spring. Two other pieces installed at the same time will remain through next year too: Joan Pamboukes’ landscape of images from Grand Theft Auto, titled “Where the River Meets the Sky,” and Erin Hudak’s “SEE THRU,” underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Click through to see the other three.

Photos via Two Trees

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Actress Anne Hathaway has sold her ninth-floor condo in Dumbo’s Clocktower building for $4,330,000. The buyer is a film producer who already lived in the building and just sold a smaller apartment on a lower floor for $1,900,000 to an LLC two weeks earlier, The New York Post reported. (She still owns another apartment in the building, No. 12A.)

The most recent asking price for Hathaway’s unit, 9B, at 1 Main Street was $4,250,000; at one time the condo was asking $4,500,000. Hathaway purchased the apartment through an LLC in 2013 for $4,100,000, city records show.

Anne Hathaway Sells Clocktower Apartment for $4.33 Million [NY Post]

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Two Trees’ glassy behemoth next to the Brooklyn Bridge at 60 Water Street in Dumbo has begun leasing its market-rate units today, with eight listings ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Studios start at $2,964 for only 452 square feet, one-bedrooms at $3,498, and two-bedrooms at $6,018.

Strangely, the listings do not have interior renderings, which still have not been released. But there are floor plans, which are new, as is the pricing.

There will be washer/dryers, dishwashers, hardwood floors in every apartment, and some will have private terraces.  The 290-unit building has 232 market-rate apartments and 58 affordable ones, where rents start at $500.

Move-ins are expected to start December 1. Ismael Levya and Leeser Architects designed the development, which includes a 300-seat public middle school, ground-floor retail, a 17-story tower and a smaller 9-story section.

Click through to see floor plans. What do you think of the prices?

60 Water Street Listings [Elliman] GMAP
Dock Street Dumbo/60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

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As the glassy development 60 Water Street inches closer to the finish line, a teaser site is now live and Two Trees’ PR people sent along a fresh rendering. Leasing for the market-rate units will start “in the coming weeks,” they told us. Pricing has not yet been announced. The building will house 232 market-rate studios, one- and two-bedrooms and 58 affordable units.

60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The Dumbo Arts Festival transforms the normally sleepy streets near the waterfront into a celebration of art and performance this weekend. The free event is expected to draw over 200,000 people to Dumbo, where they’ll find installations tucked into every corner and more than 100 open artist studios. Highlights include Dumbo’s industrial history explained through stencils on the railroad tracks, a hydroponic tomato plant sculpture paying tribute to Dr. Seuss’s Trufula Tree, and a traveling dance party with music played from a street vendor cart. It starts Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm and runs through Sunday at 6 pm. Head over to Dumbo Arts Festival for more details or download the full festival guide for the schedule of events and a map.

Photo via Dumbo Arts Festival

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Rentals at 60 Water Street (previously Dock Street Dumbo) will debut any day now, as The New York Times pointed out in a story about development in Dumbo this past weekend and Curbed noted Thursday. The sky-colored clear building makes for an impressive sight viewed from the BQE on a sunny day. The walls and windows have gone up very quickly, so it seems to have popped up out of nowhere, though in fact it’s been under construction for two years now. (The affordable units started taking applications in February.) It should be ready for move-ins by the end of the year, said Curbed and the Times.

Soon Dumbo will be even more crowded than it is now. Six new buildings will bring more than 550 new units to the area in the next five years, said the Times story, while of course the transformation of Empire Stores and the old Watchtower buildings into Dumbo Heights will bring thousands of workers and shoppers to the area with new office space and retail. (more…)

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This new listing at J Condo in Dumbo is not messing around. It’s a combination of the A and J lines, weighing in at a total of 2,620 square feet. The layout is generous and the views are amazing. So is the price: At $4,995,000, the asking price comes in just north of $1,900 a foot. That’s a huge number for Brooklyn, even in today’s market.

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Two Trees’ large Dock Street Dumbo project rising next to the Brooklyn Bridge has a new rendering, which more clearly shows what the buildings will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective. 

The property will encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school, as reported.

Construction is pretty far along. Below are some new photos of the buildings rising on the construction site, which we snapped yesterday. (more…)

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Residents of the Dumbo loft building at 57 Jay Street said they are receiving threatening phone messages from the building’s new owners and are concerned that they plan to force them out to convert the building into high-priced luxury apartments. The brothers, Graham and Gregory Jones, purchased the warehouse at 57 Jay St. under the name GRJ on August 20 (it has yet to hit public records), according to a story in DNAinfo. (more…)

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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]
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