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David Seiter, principal and design director of landscape architecture firm Future Green, describes Red Hook's ecological origins, his latest projects, and the importance of planning for resiliency as oceans rise. Why did you choose Red Hook for your offices? We’re drawn to the quiet of Red Hook, the quality of the light and the amount of sky.  We love the openness and the sense of being surrounded by an overgrown urban nature. While we’ve always gravitated...
Well, it’s a kick in the teeth to recently relocated Northside staffers, but a nice bit of news for DUMBO residents, currently down a watering hole (one of their few) after the shady shuttering of reBar. Empire Stores—the upcoming, 430,000 square foot retail hub operating out of Dumbo’s landmarked row of 19th century, waterfront warehouses—is adding a glassed-in, rooftop beer garden to their development plans. Of course, not everyone is pleased with the idea of an...
For the last couple of weeks, we've been pretty distracted by the forthcoming DUMBO Heights tech complex, especially following the news that Etsy had signed a 10-year lease in the new office building and was being given $5 million in tax credits for doing so. Meanwhile, the Empire Stores, a truly massive new complex rising on the DUMBO waterfront in a warehouse formerly occupied by coffee purveyors, is making huge strides toward completion. On Friday, Curbed NY...
Last week we shared the news that Williamsburg will soon be home to the first Brooklyn outpost of East Village coffee chain The Bean, which most of you agreed is a good thing.  Now, The Post is reporting that Lower Manhattan coffee powerhouse La Colombe will be moving along with West Elm to Dumbo's Empire Stores. Empire Stores is  a new "retail-and-office complex"  located in a sprawling collection of dilapidated coffee warehouses dating back to the...

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