The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…

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Located at 55 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, New York (near the intersection at Water Street), the Dumbo Townhouse — designed by Alloy Architects — is a 18,000 square foot 5 unit housing complex that opened in 2015. Now, about that name “Dumbo,” which I should immediately correct at “DUMBO,” as the project involved the demolition of the existing single-story warehouse in the DUMBO Historic Section of Brooklyn.  The typical townhouse units at Dumbo measure at approximately 18′ wide (with the corner unit measuring at 19′ 2″ wide) with a raised private entrance at ground level. Each unit also has a shared drive with parking spaces for each townhouse, placed behind the garden level at grade. Continue reading “The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…”

Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair [WWE Women’s Championship], WWE SummerSlam 2016

With all of the hilarious, MRA-leaning, man-babies crying over the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the soon-to-be 13th Doctor on the BBC’s Doctor Who, I asked myself “self, what would be a great way to use this to write a wrestling story.” The answer was simple: I’ll write about one of the best women’s wrestling matches in the last year! With SummerSlam taking place next month, I want to focus on one of the best matches from last year’s show: Sasha Banks defending the WWE Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair. Continue reading “Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair [WWE Women’s Championship], WWE SummerSlam 2016”

A 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn? It Could Happen…

Courtesy of WXY

Design firm WXY Architecture + Urban Design recently released plans calling for a re-connection of almost 50 acres of public space between downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The project, titled “The Brooklyn Strand,” aims to improve the quality of public space in the area and create a waterfront that’s more accessible and appealing. Continue reading “A 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn? It Could Happen…”

Here’s Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins Powerbombing Someone Through a Table…

Dennis Haskins, a.k.a. Mr. Belding is a LONG-TIME fan of professional wrestling; he’s such a huge fan, he was allegedly (according to Haskins himself) offered a WWE deal in 2012, which he declined due to the intense schedule. Despite that, Haskins still became a staple of pro wrestling, making appearances for indy promotions across the country. Including a recent moment that took place of the weekend… Continue reading “Here’s Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins Powerbombing Someone Through a Table…”

Check This ‘Before & After’ of a Tiny, Narrow Bedroom That Got Everything It Needed

While smaller bedrooms can be a challenge to accommodate as a living space, the GREATER challenge to overcome comes from the particular design obstacles from a bedroom that’s ALSO very narrow. This bedroom you’re looking at is a former maid’s room in a pre-war building and is only 5’7″ wide – for reference, that LESS than the length of a typical twin bed. So, what would a good and reasonable solution to such a dilemma? How about a loft area for sleeping leaving, leaving more-than-enough room for a workspace underneath AND ample storage for the young child’s toys, clothes and games. Casa Kids in Brooklyn took on this project, led by designer Roberto Gil, and all the custom-built furniture was placed flush to one wall, creating an easy flow and maximized the room’s open floor space. Continue reading “Check This ‘Before & After’ of a Tiny, Narrow Bedroom That Got Everything It Needed”

Disaster Relief Housing, In Case of Next ‘Superstorm’

Exterior Of The Prefabricated Relief Housing Units. Image Courtesy of GOTHAMIST / JAKE DOBKIN

With memories of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina carved into the minds of many Americans, it’s kind of a “no-duh” assumption that temporary, post-disaster relief housing is needed and absolutely necessary. A collaboration between New York City’s Office of Emergency Management and Garrison Architects has resulted in the development of a system of modular, prefabricated housing meant to relieve any displaced citizens during the next hurricane, flood, and other natural disaster. The units  — like the prototype set on display in Brooklyn — measure at roughly 40′ by 100′ long, contain a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces, and are able to be set into the smaller nooks and crannies of any city. Continue reading “Disaster Relief Housing, In Case of Next ‘Superstorm’”

Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

Check out this lovely watertower by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin called, surprise-surprise, Watertower. This 25′ by 10′ patchwork watertower structure stands at 14-foot-tall, and is made from 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglas from New York and steel from Pennsylvania.  It currently rests on top of a building that houses the artist’s studios at 120 Jay Street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn. Starting on June 7th (that’s tomorrow), the … Continue reading Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

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