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Two Trees, this company's landlord, invented DUMBO, turning a neighborhood of warehouses and artists into a commutertown full of lofts converted into office space, attracting (and often comping the rent for) media and tech firms as well as bookstores, delis, chocolatiers, galleries, cafes, restaurants and the rest. Now, two former employees hope to begin the DUMBOfication of Gowanus, a neighborhood similarly starting to shed its industrial past for something more contemporary-commercial.The developers bought two...
Husband-and-wife Jared White and Farrah Field recently opened Berl's Poetry Shop, a bookstore on Front Street in DUMBO devoted to collections of verse. We spoke to them by email about the state of poetry in Brooklyn, and also about how to get people who think they don't like poetry to reconsider. What gave you the confidence to open a bookstore now when so many bookstores have been closing? Actually, we see so many great offbeat bookstores...