While we may not be out of the proverbial pandemic woods yet, your dogs sure are missing you as you go back to the office. Why keep them cooped up at home when you can bring them to work with you?
Written by Lauren Volper - Marketing Manager
The newest addition to our spaces, Bond Collective Vinegar Hill near Dumbo, has some posh digs for your furry friends. We recently held a photo shoot day in anticipation of our grand opening, and we asked our employees to bring their dogs for the day. Our coworking space became the set for both Oscar-worthy performances (and a couple over-actors), but we sure got a kick out of it.
In the opening scene, Skippy, our Accounting Assistant’s Boston Terrier, is carried in a backpack on a Citi Bike; that is located just around the corner from our main entrance on 295 Front Street. It's a wonderful convenience having public transportation options just a block from the office space, and Skippy got a kick out of the Citi Bike ride, if you couldn’t tell.
Zully the labradoodle awaits Skippy’s arrival in the company of an enthusiastic welcoming committee, Finn and Leo. Their morning was filled with important meetings and zoom calls, followed with the finest dog treats any pup could desire from a Brooklyn coworking space.
Toward the afternoon, the furry friends swapped their meeting booth for a private conference room and took advantage of amenities like Airtame projection, unlimited black and white copies, and carafes of fresh fruit-infused water.
When all their important meetings concluded, the dogs finished the day with some light brainstorming and tried to look busy by shuffling important papers around their desks until the clock struck 5pm. It was a dog day for many, not just our pets, so we all headed home and called this day a wrap.
They say all dogs go to heaven… at Bond Collective Vinegar Hill, the setting sure is blissful, so this rings true of all the pups who visit.
Looking for pet-friendly coworking? Book a tour of our Vinegar Hill location here.
About Vinegar Hill
Nestled between the famously photographed Manhattan Bridge Dumbo neighborhood and the Industrial-Aquatic span of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill is like all quintessential Brooklyn neighborhoods once were: underrated.
Like much of New York City land once was, Vinegar Hill started pre-colonial era with Native Americans and then Dutch settlers turned the area into farmland. In the mid to late 1600’s English subjects under the rule of King Charles II took over the land, turning it into King’s County which consisted of six regions: Brooklyn, Bushwick, Flatbush, Flatlands, Gravesend, and New Utrect. At the time, Vinegar Hill was part of the Brooklyn region.
Following the dutch settlers, Vinegar Hill soon became the place where the first ferry boat was built and launched. In the 1700s, a shipyard, as well as several homes for the shipyard workers, was built. The Brooklyn Navy Yard was constructed soon after, as were several more blocks, forming a neighborhood for Navy Yard workers’ to reside.
“Vinegar Hill” is an English transliteration of the Gaelic term meaning “hill of the wood of the berries”. It was named Vinegar Hill by speculative land developer John Jackson around 1800. He hoped to attract Irish immigrants by naming the area after the site of a significant battle during the 1798 Irish Rebellion.
The 19th century proved to be pivotal in dividing the region between the industrial working class and the more affluent families. The area quickly became host to several blackmarket distilleries because though alcohol was still legal, it was taxed unproportionately, and moonshine crafting became increasingly popular. The moonshine trade became the lucrative business that was necessary to further develop the working class neighborhoods.
After the costly American Civil War, what we know today to be the Internal Revenue Service was created in the late 1800s, and raided the distilleries as a way to recoup funds. 250 barrels of alcohol was equal to $5,000 in unpaid taxes, a volume equivalent to $107,145 in 2021. The battles between the government and the neighborhood were known as “Whiskey Wars”.
Some of the original warehouses and homes remain, but in the early 20th century, many of these buildings were destroyed due to the building of the Manhattan Bridge. The original Navy Yard was at a time mostly Irish immigrants but soon after Lithuanian immigrants settled, and by the 1930s, the neighborhood became home to over 70% Lithuanian families. In the shops on Hudson Avenue, you can still hear shop workers speaking Lithuanian to each other today.
In the 1990s, Vinegar Hill was determined to be a Historic Landmark or Historic Neighborhood as to preserve the homes and cultural heritage of its early settlers.
Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill Community Garden
Stranger Things the Experience NYC
Building 92 Museum of Brooklyn Navy Yard
To receive a trial day pass of our newest Vinegar Hill location near Dumbo, book a tour here.
Special thanks to the actors and their owners:
Skippy, Jade Petersen
Finn, John Conway & Drew Puig
Zully, Emily Krohn
Leo, Sally Forman
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