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Neighborhood Spotlight: DUMBO

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Since relocating our headquarters to the old waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO – home to a large number of design studios and creative businesses, we’ve discovered numerous gems hidden in this often overlooked part of Brooklyn. Our team shares some of our favorite finds.

Jane’s Carousel , Brooklyn Bridge Park

Along the East River where the DUMBO and the Manhattan skyline almost kiss is the Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane’s Carousel, a glass encased, refurbished carousel. This riverside stretch is a great spot for me and my fellow BK Industrialists to have impromptu open-air lunches and afternoon strolls. The scenic vista of the city seems within arm’s reach, framed by both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Having a ride on this historic landmark gives me a feeling of naïve whimsy, a feeling important to my personal creative process. A perfect day should ideally come to end with a spin around this magical merry-go-round. –Aaron

Zacca, 155 Plymouth Street

Be forewarned design nerds, this place will eat you up alive, and leave you with empty pockets. This Japanese-based boutique carries a wonderfully curated collection of graphic design, fashion, illustration, and architecture books and magazines, and an eclectic array of Japanese toys and art. The shop also doubles as an events space for art exhibitions and experimental showcases. It’s always a great space for me to visit when I need some added design inspiration. – Teddy

Modern Anthology, 68 Jay Street

Modern Anthology is a cleverly curated “man cave” that the owner describes as “less beer keg, more scotch”. Male or female, this is a great little shop catering to those with a creative sensibility. You can find everything from vintage Chesterfield couches, to taxidermy jackalopes, to old school umbrellas with wooden duck handles. It’s a perfect place for presents or a gift for yourself – or you might just want to move into this nicely decorated shop! – Nikki

Brooklyn Roasting Company, 25 Jay Street

Live, Work, Create is impossible for me without the fuel of coffee. It used to be hard to find a non Starbucks cup in the neighborhood, until Brooklyn Roasting Company moved across the street. HOORAY! They roast small batches from around the world, in house. The smell of roasting has greatly enhanced the neighborhood and my mood. If you’re on a budget just buy a ten dollar a pound bag and make it in the office. –Dale

St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street

St Ann’s Warehouse is one of the most innovative venues in existence for live performance art and international theater, and their home has been right here in DUMBO for the past 30 years. My first St Ann’s experience was in 2006, when I saw Lou Reed perform his Berlin album on a set designed by Julian Schabel. The stunning visuals, combined with the nearly once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Berlin performed live, left a remarkable on me. I’ve since had many more memorable experiences, from a Polish production of Macbeth with crazy special effects in the open-air setting of the ruins of the DUMBO tobacco warehouse, to Karen O’s psycho opera Stop the Virgens, where each element, from costumes, to set design, to music, could have stood alone as its own individual and stunning work of art.  Up next is Daniel Kitson. Can’t wait! -Nancy

68 Jay Street Bar, 68 Jay Street

What’s work without after work happy hour! 68 Jay Street is our favorite end of the workday spot, where you can pull up a stool (or table to sit on when it’s busy during happy hour) and enjoy good conversation with coworkers, locals, or the friendly bartenders. Spend some dollars on the rotating art, or just three dollars for a happy hour Brooklyn Lager.

While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our DUMBO store and say hello.

The Cozy Bar Hop

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

With an abudance of small, intimate restaurants and bars an arms length away from each other, we take you to our favorite North Brooklyn spots to get all cozy in while it’s cold outside.

Brooklyn Winery 213 N. 8th St.

As soon as you enter, a huge gust of heat greets you at the door and immediately you want to shed your heavy coat and grab a glass of house-bottled Shiraz.  Our secret spot is the upstairs couch, where warm mood lighting, a vintage jukebox, and scattered old photographs will guarantee a warm evening with loved ones.

Le Barricou 553 Grand St.

Come for the French country food and finish your evening in the backroom by the wood-burning fireplace. Wood floors and ceilings, warm hot toddys, and a beautiful chandelier give us city dwellers an opportunity to channel our inner ski bunnies.

Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Ave.

Rarely a week goes by without someone in the studio demanding post-work happy hour oysters at Maison Premier. While the place gets packed during their $1 oyster happy hours, off times give you a chance to transport yourself to warm and sultry New Orleans days, where you can laze around with friends and a Sazerac.

El Almacén 557 Driggs

Dressed in all wood, candles, and flowers, El Alamacén is the perfect place for brunch and dinner, where communal plates encourage cozying up with your dining partners.

Milk and Roses Wine Bar 1110 Manhattan Ave

This wine bar moonlights as a library/bistro/café/performance stage depending on the time of day. Grab a wine, some cheese, and cured meats, and curl up on a leather couch or intimate booth. The beautiful garden in the back makes this place cozy all year round.

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AUTUMN JACKETS

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Today, we bring to you a first look at Brooklyn Industries’ Autumn Jacket Collection, with the women’s Draper Trench and the men’s Modus Jacket.

TOP PICKS FOR GIFTS UNDER $50

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Why splurge when you can save? This holiday season, shop our Gifts Under $50 guide and choose from dozens of gifts for everyone on your list. Our favorite picks are the Marled Rapunzel Hat ($38) and the I Less Than Three BK W T-Shirt ($34). Happy shopping (and saving).

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