Community

“A year ago, much of DUMBO was underwater.”

A note from our executive director Alexandria Sica on the one-year anniversary of Sandy … 

A year ago, much of DUMBO was underwater. Today, the neighborhood is stronger than ever. Businesses and apartments have been restored and others are in the final months of renovation. Galleries and studios have reopened. Tonight, we’re participating in the Light up the Shore candlelight vigil (more details here). But why not also take a moment to grab a macaron from Almondine, a coffee from One Girl Cookies and sit on a bench near the repaired Pirate Playground and appreciate these DUMBO delights in a way that we couldn’t have imagined a year ago…

In the hours and days and weeks after the storm, this community was in overdrive: the DUMBO BID team was on the street – and set up at Dumbo Kitchen, sending out community updates and helping organize supplies and volunteers. Our Doe Fund “Clean Team” started by 8am that first morning. Pumps and generators were being driven in from Canada and across the country, and residents and companies were showing up to help clear debris, repair and restore. Office buildings were closed – and lines were forming at Barclays Center for bus service into Manhattan. Halloween was cancelled and fundraisers were being organized. Indiegogo campaigns were launched by thoughtful customers. Insurance companies, loan officers, and Con Ed were on speed dial…

This year, we are dry and grateful for all of the efforts to bring DUMBO back – from our landlords to our small businesses, from our management companies and condo boards to our local public officials, the 84th Precinct, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Dept. of Small Business Services – and community members far and wide.

We thank you for making DUMBO shine once again and look forward to the final months of recovery for all.