Here’s a look at the services we offer at the DUMBO Improvement District:
The DUMBO Improvement District provides the DUMBO Neighborhood WiFi network – making DUMBO even more of a digital district. DUMBO was the first neighborhood to offer Free WiFi in the streets and public spaces. Yes, DUMBO beat Manhattan to Free WiFi! Since June 2011, thousands have logged into the free network – connecting in the streets, Brooklyn Bridge Park and in the Pearl Street Triangle and The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge.
The DUMBO Improvement District’s Doe Fund workers are out on the streets of DUMBO seven days a week providing supplemental street cleaning and beautification. The Doe Fund is a non-profit that works to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism – by creating work and job skills training programs to help homeless individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient. The DUMBO Improvement District is extremely proud to contract and partner with this program, and we are proud of the work these men do here every day.
- Total miles of sidewalk Doe Fund
workers clean each day: 5.8 miles
- Number of DoeFund workers on the job each day: 5
- Number of days per week they’re out there: 7
- Number of Bags of Trash picked up in FY15: 33,600 bags
- Tons of Trash Collected in FY15: 338
Planning + Advocacy
The DUMBO Improvement District has advocated for better public spaces, infrastructure and greater attention for the neighborhood since 2006. This includes projects like the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, as well as advocating for pedestrian safety improvements, more city benches and trees, and plaza reconstruction. In fact, restoring the historic Belgian Block streets and the aging infrastructure underneath has been top of the list since the beginning. We completed Phase I (Water and Washington Streets) in fall 2011 – and will start Phase II in 2016.
Management of Public Spaces
The DUMBO Improvement District operates and maintains three public plazas in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation: The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, the Pearl Street Triangle and Old Fulton Plaza. These iconic DUMBO spaces total more than 40,000 square feet of public space and are critical to DUMBO’s urban fabric. Maintenance includes planting flowers, supplemental sanitation and cleaning, and providing lots of great places to sit and hang out (picnic tables, bistro furniture and Fun Seetz!
Public Art & Community Programs
The DUMBO Improvement District develops community programs and sponsors additional events–markets, concerts, public art installations and more–that activate public space, spark social interaction, and drive foot traffic to local businesses. These include public art installations and regular programs such as Live at the Archway, a free, weekly performance series co-curated by the BID and The Lighthouse, Lunchtime Under the Archway, Smorgasburg vendors in the Archway Weds-Friday, LightYear, video projections on the Manhattan every First Thursday, First Thursday Gallery Walk, e-waste recycling events, and the monthly dance party TunnelVision.