Curved Tower Will Rise on Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Lot Next to Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo

A tilted, glassy tower is coming soon to Dumbo, where it will be wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. 

Located at 60 Front Street (alternative addresses include 30 Front Street and 1 York Street), the 26-story tower is designed by the firm Hill West Architects. On top of a five-story base, the remaining 21 stories will ascend in a slim, dramatic curve sloping upwards. 

It will stand on what was formerly a triangular shaped parking lot at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was acquired by the developer Fortis in December 2018 for $91.113 million. It is not part of the Dumbo Historic District. 

The architect filed an application for a new building in January, and they got the go-ahead to start work on the foundation in March. The project has recently broken ground, a site visit Monday revealed.

A tilted, glassy tower is coming soon to Dumbo, where it will be wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. https://www.brownstoner.com/development/brooklyn-bridge-jehovahs-witnesses-parking-lot-skyscraper-60-front-street-dumbo-rendering/

New renderings, community vision revealed for WXY–designed Brooklyn Strand

Today, 40 stakeholders released the Brooklyn Strand Community Vision Plan, a set of recommendations for developing almost 50 acres of public space that links the Brooklyn Bridge to Downtown Brooklyn. The plan focuses on broadening connectivity along the corridor by making the space more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, and improving access to the waterfront between the Navy Yard, DUMBO, and Downtown Brooklyn.

In 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced a set of plans to further catalyze the growth of downtown Brooklyn. One of these plans was the Brooklyn Strand, now a disjointed set of parks, greenways, and plazas bisected by highway feeder ramps that present wayfinding challenges even to seasoned New Yorkers. Since then, New York–based WXY Architecture + Urban Design has led not-for-profit local development corporation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation, and over 250 community stakeholders through an intensive planning process to re-vision the Strand.

Recommendations from the just-released community vision include enhancing non-car links between Borough Hall Park, Columbus Park, Korean War Veterans Memorial Plaza, Cadman Plaza, Commodore Barry Park, the Bridge Parks, and Trinity Park; a “Gateway to Brooklyn” adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park with a viewing platform; creating a permanent market at Anchorage Plaza; reopening the long-shuttered Brooklyn War Memorial to the public; broadening access to Commodore Barry Park; widening sidewalks; installing public art to animate under-utilized public space; realign Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) ramps to make the pedestrian experience less alienating. https://archpaper.com/2016/05/wxy-designed-brooklyn-strand/

Legendary pizza war in Dumbo intensifies with newly announced eatery

Old Fulton Street in Dumbo is about to become the Murderers’ Row of pizza.

Square-pie icon L&B Spumoni Gardens is opening a new shop on the street — right across from two already warring pizza legends, Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s, The Post has learned.

A co-owner of the 80-year-old Gravesend mainstay confirmed Sunday that Spumoni Gardens will be serving up its signature cheese-on-the-bottom, sauce-on-the-top squares across from the two coal-fired brick-oven cousins.

Permits to install pizza ovens at 46 Old Fulton St. — less than 100 feet from Grimaldi’s and about twice that from Juliana’s, which both draw hours-long lines — were filed in April, according to the city Department of Buildings.

But renovations ground to a halt there in May when the city slapped contractors with a stop-work order for improperly removing fire-halting equipment from the ceiling and for doing construction without posting the proper permits, DOB records show.

Once Spumoni Gardens opens, three of the most highly regarded pizza joints in the city will be within spitting distance of one another.

– New York Post

First Word From BQE Panel; Website Available

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that the panel studying options for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has issued its first report. It has begun studying the various proposals as well as existing structural conditions and traffic flows, and is meeting with potentially affected or interested agencies as well as community groups. The Panel’s chairman, Carlo Scissura, said “[h]e anticipates that the panel will issue a report in the fall that will address what can be built and establish guidelines for the construction.” The panel has a page on the city Department of Transportation Website that invites public comments; those concerned may also call Mr. Scissura’s office at 212-213-2434.

Airbnb gives NYC information on 17,500 rental listings

Airbnb turned over partially redacted data of 17,500 listings — as part of a deal in the company’s long-simmering legal battle against the city, according to court documents.

The data dump, which was stripped of user-specific information, involved listings from January 2018 through February and was given to the city on April 5 in response to a subpoena from the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement.

OSE issued the subpoena on February 18 as part of the city’s crackdown on illegal rentals.

Airbnb and the city reached the agreement in Manhattan Supreme Court on May 14, court records show.

As part of the agreement, OSE can also request listing information from Airbnb containing user data — but only if they can show it will be “relevant to an investigation.” They only have a one-year window to make that request, the court papers said. https://nypost.com/2019/05/24/airbnb-gives-nyc-information-on-17500-rental-listings/

Vincent McFarlane

Friday evening, May 10, many Shareholders at CPN came to pay their final respects to our beloved Vincent. He was a big piece of the heart of Cadman Plaza North and that piece has been torn out. While that heart will eventually heal, we will never forget his smiling face, his trademark “alriiiight” and that cologne which always announced his presence. We will never forget you, Vincent.

Henry’s End Reopens

Neighborhood staple Henry’s End has opened at their new location and now features outdoor dining just in time for summer. With so many neighborhoods seeing shuttered storefronts, we’re lucky that the Northern end of Henry Street is thriving. We encourage you to support our local restaurants and shops!

From the establishment: After 46 years at 44 Henry St., Henry’s End will be moving one block to 72 Henry St. The building that houses us is undergoing a major renovation and instead of closing for an undetermined amount of time, we will move nearby. The things that make Henry’s End special, the seasonally driven food, the award-winning wine program, the annual game festival, and most importantly, the staff will not change. In fact, we are beginning some new traditions, brunch, a new cocktail program, a 20-seat outdoor cafe, along with a small private room for business meetings or celebrations. We will continue with our birthday program and honor all gift cards at our new location. The last day of service at 44 Henry St. will be on March 31, 2019. We expect to be up and running at our new location in early May. We want to wish our friends at Sociale good luck in their move to Carroll Gardens. We want to thank the neighborhood and the best regular customers a restaurant could ever have for your ongoing support and look forward to continuing to celebrate all the events that you have celebrated with us for these past many years. — Mark and the staff of Henry’s End.