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Earthquake in Brooklyn — Markowitz: ‘We Need This Like a Hole In the Head’

Workers at the renovation site at 20 Henry St., known locally as the “Candy Factory” building, gather across the street after the building was evacuated in the aftermath of yesterday’s surprise earthquake. Photo by Mary Frost

Unnerved pigeons in Greenpoint huddled together after the quake. Photo by Camilla Maxwell

Residents and office workers — and even pigeons — in Brooklyn were rattled by the Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake, which was centered in Louisa, Virginia and was felt up and down the East Coast around 1:50 p.m.

Many Downtown Brooklyn government and private office buildings were evacuated, at least temporarily, and people at Coney Island and Brighton Beach started running from the water to the shore.

Brooklyn didn’t suffer much serious building damage, fire or utility outages, however. That was the word from Chris Gilbride, press representative of the Office of Emergency Management in Downtown Brooklyn. Representatives of several of the borough’s community boards, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the MetroTech BID and the Fire Department concurred. There were reports of some minor damage, including to a chimney in Red Hook.

Some people reported items shaking on their tables and shelves and their furniture moving. So many people made cell phone calls that Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint reported congested circuits.

At the construction site at 20 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights, steam fitter John Pabon was working on the third floor when he felt the shaking. “The whole building was swaying,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Everybody evacuated.”

The roughly two dozen construction workers ran downstairs and gathered on the sidewalk across Henry Street. Steamfitter Pete P. said the workers were going home for the day. “They’re going to have an engineer check the building,” he said.
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Top Chef at Colonie Opening New restaurant in DUMBO

Brad McDonald, the new Executive Chef at Colonie on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights (he replaced Alex Sorenson), will be opening a small, “kitchen-focused” restaurant in DUMBO, according to Grub Street.

“It’s currently unnamed, but the place has been floating around under the alias ‘No Name Hunt Club’ and will launch in January 2012.”

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Bubby’s Brooklyn Pie Social: Music, Pie, Lemonade

Eat Yummy Pie, Benefit Public Schools

On Sunday, September 25, pie eaters and bakers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Brooklyn Pie Social hosted by Bubby’s, One Main St., DUMBO, as a benefit for New York City public schools.

Main Street in Brooklyn will overflow with a wonderful assortment of pies baked by local bakers. Last year 80 bakers showed up to present their pies, and more than 300 people showed up to eat them. Your $5 entry fee and at least one homemade pie entitle you to five free tasting tickets (you can share them, and there is plenty to share) and a big blue ribbon.
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Battle Week Events: The Magnificent Retreat, in Brooklyn Heights

Courtesy Old Stone House

On a moonlit August night in 1776, a regiment of fishermen from Marblehead, MA, rowed General George Washington and the Continental Army across the East River from Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, under the noses of the vastly superior British army.

Picture this: 12,000 men with horses and artillery escaped in silence over the river, saving the patriot cause.

This Wednesday, August 24, as part of Brooklyn’s Battle Week celebration, you can walk the ground where this magnificent retreat occurred and re-live the story of that dramatic night: The Magnificent Retreat – A Walking Tour with Paul Rush Wednesday, August 24, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park/Main Street

Information: rsvp@bbpc.net
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A Lot of People Would Pay a Million Dollars to Live in DUMBO

Boerum Hill Will Probably Catch Up Soon

By Dennis Holt

According to PropertyShark.com as reported by The Real Deal blog, DUMBO and Boerum Hill have joined the top 10 most expensive neighborhoods in the city.

The two most expensive areas in the city are Soho and Tribeca, but DUMBO moved into fourth place of the top 10 and Boerum Hill made the number 10 spot.

In the second quarter of this year, the median sales price in DUMBO was $1.075 million. Boerum Hill’s median sales price was $801,000.

Boerum Hill is edging higher on such lists, not just because of its convenient location and its quality stock of brownstone houses, but also because what used to be empty lots are filling up with market rate apartment buildings.

And as the quality of Downtown Brooklyn retail shopping continues to improve, Boerum Hill, abutting Downtown, will grow its appeal.
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Jam on DUMBO Family Festival, Saturday August 20th

Photo courtesy of Jam on DUMBO

DUMBO sounds like the place to be for families with kids this Saturday:

An all day family festival  featuring live music, family yoga, face painting, balloon twisting, arts and crafts along with a community marketplace will take place  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. The line up of kids’ bands includes:

10 a.m.: Bonga! Afro-Haitian Drum and Songs – an all-ages interactive family performance
11 a.m.: The Itty Biddies
12:05 p.m: P for Puppets presents: “One, Two, Tres”
1 p.m.: Rolie Polie Guacamole
2:05 p.m.: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band
3:10 p.m.: Still Saffire
4:15 p.m.: The Mini Max Players

As part of “Jam on DUMBO,” a community market place will showcase local vendors as well as mom and pop small businesses.

Sponsors of the event include the DUMBO Improvement District and The Gallery.

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