All of Brooklyn gasped when Mr. Walentas listed the ClockTower penthouse for $25 million in 2009. The triplex, which made an appearance in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, was reportedly scoped out by Ralph Lauren and Jay-Z. Mos Def has also been a building resident.
When Dumbo was known as Gairville, 45 Main Street was the nucleus of box tycoon Robert Gair's corrugated cardboard and bottle cap empire. It now houses denizens of the neighborhood's digital empire, among them the ad firms Big Spaceship and Mammoth Advertising.
St. Ann's Warehouse, the edgy theater and performance space, will soon move to the long-abandoned 19th-century tobacco warehouse across the street to make way for the Walentases' controversial 17-story Dock Street tower, which opponents say will block views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Artist Tom Fruin's Watertower. (Courtesy TomFruin.com)
Galapagos Art Space, snugly encapsulated in its concrete chapel-like abode (a century-old horse stable, in fact), is among the few arts organizations to secure a lease with David Walentas' Two Trees Management, the neighborhood's major developer, exceeding a few-year term. Unable to afford their escalating Williamsburg rent, Galapagos was considering absconding for Berlin when Mr. Walentas lured them to Dumbo.
Developer Toll Brothers, best known for McMansions, is planning a luxury condo on the site of an 1867 foundry erected by Brooklyn Bridge builder E.W. Bliss.
The building houses a 1922 carousel, renovated by Jane Walentas (wife of David). This spring, the carousel will be moved to the Brooklyn Bridge Park along with a Jean Nouvel-designed pavilion.