on the waterfront
The sun had not quite broken over the rowhouses and warehouses of Greenpoint Monday morning when The Observer arrived at the new concrete pier jutting out into the East River at India Street. The dock seemed barely finished, its concrete planks not entirely even, the sides of the structure lined with chain-link fencing. Whole sections were torn up and surrounded with orange construction netting.
When the ferry pulled up, ghost decals clinging to the foredeck, the passengers filed on, handing over their $4 tickets, joining the nearly 3,000 New Yorkers who have ridden the ferry each weekday since its launch in mid-June, according to the city—more than double the number officials had expected.
After ordering our locally brewed fair-trade coffee and a pain au chocolat, we turned to see a gay couple smiling across a starboard table, sharing a quiche, a floating picnic. On the port side was a pretty biracial pair staring out the window at Long Island City, its gleaming towers pulling into view. The woman held a breastfeeding baby on her lap.
The subway this was not.
It was not the cheeriest day for the opening of a carousel, last Thursday. The wind was gusting in off the East River, inverting umbrellas and disturbing sundresses under somber skies. The weather had turned against the free King Cones being doled out on the shores of Dumbo, but the first strains of fall were Read More
Tech and the City
Dumbo, the impossibly hip haven conjured by David Walentas two decades ago, has become the first area of New York City where the parks and the plazas are covered by free wireless Internet access. Don’t expect it to spark a trend, though, as Adrianne Jeffries at our sister site BetaBeat reports:
We can’t imagine Read More
The Times Real Estate section had dueling stories from the the most expensive–and acronymed!–neighborhoods on each side of the East River this weekend. So here is a quiz. Which newly tony hood said what? (Hint: both have Belgian block, the Gray Lady reports, but only one has extinct railroad tracks.)
Pier 25, public Read More
The wind turbine craze isn’t likely to catch on in New York City anytime soon, but the same apparently can’t be said for Dumbo office space. Yet another company, Wind-Products, is abandoning Soho and moving across the bridge in search of hip office digs and perhaps a tax credit. It has leased 2,972 square feet Read More
Block By Block
The naming of a neighborhood is always a somewhat elaborate tug of a war, but last year residents of Dumbo faced a rare quandary, when City Hall officialy named the area New York’s Digital District. Though the neighborhood has been reborn with a new moniker roughly every half-century-Olympia, in keeping with the post-Revolutionary trend of Read More
Etsy’s spacious office in DUMBO is as whimsical as the site.
The desks, checkered office curtains and office embellishments like a six-foot pair of wooden eyeglasses were all purchased on the site, which The New York Times calls an “online bazaar” from a “crafty company” in a story today about how Etsy “eats Read More
Real estate agents are chomping at the bit to start selling office space under the moniker of Silicon Beach, a section of Dumbo now home to 65 digital companies in a five-block radius.
Fortune profiled this locale, which boasts affordable office space just one subway stop from Manhattan. Dumbo’s big dog is probably Read More
“Dumbo” is kind of misleading for this one. This five-bedroom, five-bath in the price-dropping Bridgeview Tower basically sits on top of the Manhattan Bridge. The views don’t suck–and neither does the double staircase, master suite sitting room or wraparound terraces–but the glossy, glass and marble execution is a little frigid, especially when compared to Read More
Etsy is an online marketplace for every concievable variety of hand made craft, and their Dumbo office reflects its DIY ethos.
Mashable took a stroll through the space, which Etsy has occupied for a little over a year.
It’s packed with taxidermy deer, steampunk flashdrives and a beautiful facade from a London telephone booth.
They Read More