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Artist, Philanthropist, Carousel Namesake, Jane Walentas Dies at 76

As reported by Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Paper, Philanthropist, Artist, Real Estate Developer, and “First Lady of Dumbo,” Jane Walentas passed away July 5th after a brief battle with cancer. She was 76 years old. The Walentas Family and their management company, Two Trees, is synonymous with DUMBO as we now know it. And […]

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Atlantic Yards: Big Plans To Transform Downtown Brooklyn Skyline

There may come a day where the eastward view from Brooklyn Heights reveals a very different skyline. Mayor Bloomberg and city planning officials have released a blueprint to transform the BAM Cultural District in Downtown Brooklyn to include a 32-story building, 16,000sf public plaza and cultural space to be utilized by BAM, the Brooklyn Public […]

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Walentas in Running for Pier 1 Hotel; RFP Out For Pier 5 “Bubble”

As we observed earllier, the Brooklyn Bridge Park corporation issued a Request for Proposals to build a hotel, retail, and residence complex on the landward side of Pier 1, adjoining Furman Street, early this month. According to the New York Observer, one of the bidders is Two Trees, owned by DUMBO developer David Walentas. The […]

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DUMBO Touted as “Silicon Beach”

It started, of course, with California’s Silicon Valley. Scotland countered with Silicon Glen. Manhattan boasted of Silicon Alley. India has its Silicon Plateau. Now, local real estate developers, including Two Trees, are promoting DUMBO as Silicon Beach.

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Tobacco Warehouse Meeting Marked by Controversy

Yesterday evening’s community meeting at Borough Hall concerning the proposals for adaptive use of the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO exposed a rift between arts organizations, which favor allowing such use, and community activists, who mostly want to keep the structure as is. It began with a presentation by Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge […]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Releases Tobacco Warehouse RFP

As rumored, Brooklyn Bridge Park has issued a Request for Proposal [download PDF]  “for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the former Tobacco Warehouse for cultural, educational or community purposes.”

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Yassky, Gioia Protest Dock Street DUMBO

BHB contributor Matthew Parker sent in these photos of our man in the NYC Council, David Yassky, and fellow councilmember Eric Gioia of the 26th District at this morning’s rally in Brooklyn Bridge Park to protest Two Trees’ Dock Street DUMBO project. Also in attendance  project opponent Christian Roebling the great-great grandson of Washington and […]

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BHA to Members: Mobilize Against Dock Street DUMBO

The Brooklyn Heights Association sent out an email blast to its membership on Friday urging members to speak out against Two Trees’ Dock Street DUMBO project.  In the email, the BHA points to historian David McCullough’s Newsweek article “Paving Over History” as “inspiration”  to urge City Council members to vote against the plan. The BHA’s […]

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Planning Commision Makes Dock Street DUMBO a Wee Bit Smaller

The Brooklyn Paper reports on the City Planning Commission’s OK (with a catch)  of  Two Trees’ controversial Dock Street DUMBO project: Brooklyn Paper: The City Planning Commission voted overwhelmingly to support a controversial tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge — though the building’s 18-story wing will be shaved by one story. In addition, Jed Walentas’s […]

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Dock Street public hearing: Round 3

The Department of City Planning will host its public hearing for the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project this afternoon at its headquarters in lower Manhattan at 22 Reade Street. The meeting is on its day calendar, but is “not likely to start before 12:30 pm,” it says.

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