05/16/16 11:00am
Yeah, okay, okay, it's really pretty. dumbonyc / Flickr

Yeah, okay, okay, it’s really pretty. dumbonyc / Flickr

The start of summer comes with an influx of pests: mosquitos, pantsplainers, street harassers… and of course tourists, some of whom happen to be your friends and family. As quaint as it can be to show them around and do a few touristy things, it can also be exhausting. There’s no doubt you’ll feel a financial strain within minutes of your first meal out, and a mental strain as try you explain to your beloved out-of-towners that he Rainbow Bagel isn’t worth the hype. But the next time your regularly-scheduled programming is interrupted by someone’s first trip to New York City, and Brooklyn at that, you won’t need to flounder for options, because you can simply take them on our Broketown Tours (TM) journey through DUMBO.

First an underutilized waterfront, then a refuge for artists, Dumbo has shifted from an area with one of the highest rents in the city over the course of just a few decades. So bring it back to its roots and still take in everything it has to offer without being an overcharged dumbo! We’ve put together a roundup of neighborhoods spots and sights that cater to tourists and locals alike in both their hype factors and their price points. Pace yourself and split food, and you can probably do most everything on this list for $20. After all, your tourist friends may only be here for a few days, but you live here, and you’ve still got a ways to go before you can afford your next vacation.  (more…)

05/12/16 11:25am
Review: Does the workout match the view at Dumbo's new outdoor climbing gym?

In the words of Miley Cyrus, ‘It’s the climb.’ via Instagram user @waji_h

Living in NYC as a person who loves the outdoors can sometimes be challenging, which is why I’m always on the lookout for activities that give this concrete jungle some semblance of the actual “jungle” part. I was insanely excited when I heard that the city’s first outdoor rock climbing facility was opening in Dumbo. A lot of people use the city’s indoor rock climbing gyms as a way to get their faux nature fix, and the arrival of The Cliffs’ new DUMBO Boulders facility may have brought our fair city one step closer to that illusion by letting us climb fake rocks outside. Progress!

Now, the only question remains: is this rock climbing spot actually worth your time? Bouldering gyms can be restrictive in their costs, questionable in their cleanliness, and crowded to the point of turning what was supposed to a quick workout into a half-day excursion. So, do the new bouldering walls Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (Dumbo, duh) rise to the occasion? We got a chance to check them out this past weekend, and here’s what we think. (more…)

Get yourself some cheaper artist space, like this Art F City space in Dumbo. Via Two Trees website.

Get yourself some cheaper artist space, like this Art F City space in Dumbo. Via Two Trees website.

Whether you think all real estate companies are reshaping our city in nefarious ways or you’re likely to cut them some slack every now and then, occasionally some of them do throw a bone to the artists who have such a tough time finding places to just exist in the city. Two Trees — the company that essentially made Dumbo into Dumbo — has got one of those bones up for grabs right now. They’re offering artists, nonprofits and community service groups the chance to apply for cheap office and studio space in typically super pricy Dumbo. If you’re chosen, you get a three-year lease for $12/square foot in a building that usually rents for $40/square foot. Some of the tenants taking advantage of that program now include Radio Diaries, Art in General, United Photo Industries and a handful of individual artists. The commercial and studio space ranges from 700 to 2,500 square feet, with Dumbo’s signature natural light and high ceilings. (more…)

Free money! Although you have to leave the house

Free money! Although you have to leave the house

Holiday shopping is stressful, what with your family members asking for bad gifts and the crowded stores and the people waiting to steal your credit card information from online shopping sites. We do what we can to help with our gift guides, but we can’t do it alone. So, the DUMBO Business Improvement District is stepping in to just hand out free DUMBO cash to that’s legal currency at participating businesses in the area. All you have to do to get it is exist in DUMBO while they’re giving it out. (more…)

10/08/15 10:06am
Big Brother is watching, and you should, too. via Securocam 3000

Big Brother is watching, and you should, too. via Securocam 3000

It’s certainly a sign of the times when we can boast an entire festival dedicated to the art of the webseries. But there you have it, because BK really has become a hub for makers of online content and digital storytelling, albeit with a little help from Netflix-and-chill. Now, by this point you already know how to make one of these series yourself. But lucky you, the Brooklyn Web Fest is this weekend, and you can get a refresher!

The festival takes place this Friday & Saturday, October 9-10. We rounded up the best panels and screenings to check out on each day. Panels range from the how-I-did-it to the basic how-to. You can attend single events for $10, or buy a full-day pass for $30. You can also buy the full weekend for $50. All events take place at the Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street). You have to RSVP for anything you’re going to, so once you check out our picks, start making your itinerary. Happy binge-watching!


Trade out your eyebrows for high-brows this weekend with some lofty discussions at the BKBF. via website

Trade out your eyebrows for high-brows this weekend with some lofty discussions at the BKBF. via website

Calling all word nerds, bookworms, poets and dreamers, culture-seekers and diarists and people who are just looking for something to do this weekend: the Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, September 20! It’s a day of free poetry readings, panel discussions, meaningful conversations and celebrations of writerly achievement. It’s a day, in short, not to be missed.

There are so many events happening every hour, on the hour, but if you’re the kind of person who gets overwhelmed by choices, we think we did a pretty good job of hand-picking the ones you ought to check out.  (more…)

06/25/15 1:06pm
pop-up pool

Everybody into the pool (for 45 minutes). Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

When it comes to public pools in Brooklyn, we’ve got plenty. The one amenity those pools lack is that they’re not located in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can swim and look out on great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the financial sector of Manhattan (and wonder how they’ll all screw us over next). On the other hand, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool has all of those amenities, and it opens tomorrow, June 26 for free 45-minute swim sessions throughout the day. Everyone into the pool (in an orderly fashion)! (more…)

06/23/15 10:50am
books beneath the bridge

What a view for some words. Photo by Etienne Frossard, vis Brooklyn Bridge Park

Outdoor summer stuff, there’s so much of it! You’ve got your free concerts, your more free concerts, your free movies, your more free movies, your many locations to drink yourself numb under the stars. What about people who love to read though? Hey great news, you haven’t been forgotten, because Books Beneath the Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s free outdoor reading series, is back with another lineup curated by all of your favorite local book stores. (more…)

dumbo archway

Woo, party in the Archway. via Flickr user Adnan Islam

With summer in full swing the inevitable inverse proportion of fun and funds has begun! Although nothing beats summertime in New York, the season is accompanied by a lightheartedness that can result in being unable to renew your lease come the fall. Instead of falling on hard times in September, rein it in and take advantage of the tons of awesome free activities available. Hey music lovers, listen up because I’m talking to you: there’s a free concert in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge every Thursday night. (more…)

06/08/15 10:08am
If this was your studio, your art would be home by now. via Two Trees

If this was your studio, your art would be home by now. via Two Trees

You’re working your butt off on a cool creative endeavor but you just don’t have the space in your apartment to do it comfortably and you don’t have the money to do it in a studio where it would be more comfortable. It’s a story we all know, but you’ve got a chance to put a different ending on the story, because Two Trees is offering artists subsidized space that can wind up as low as $700/month. (more…)