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RECAP: DUMBO ANNUAL MEETING

On Thursday night, members of the DUMBO Improvement District packed Galapagos Art Space to recap 2013, celebrate the accomplishments of very talented DUMBOnians and hear what’s in store for the neighborhood first hand from local and Citywide officials. Borough President Eric Adams heralded the sense of community felt on DUMBO’s streets as an inspiration. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer said DUMBO’s growing tech and creative companies should be fully supported by the City. Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Meyer shared details on new facilities planned for the park. And Chair of the DUMBO BID Board Tom Montvel Cohen and Executive Director Alexandria Sica both emphasized the importance opening up more creative office space and working with DUMBO’s next round of development projects to create benefits for the entire community.

Magic Feather Awards were given to United Photo Industries of 111 Front Street (creators of the superHeroes Fence + Photoville), NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program (great partners on DUMBO’s public art projects) and Situ Studio of 20 Jay Street (creators of Heartwalk at the Pearl Street Triangle).

This year, special awards were given to a “DUMBO Dozen”: DUMBO based individuals and organizations who created/ accomplished amazing art/ ideas/ goodness/ innovation in 2013 and shared them with the world. Check out who made this year’s list:

  1. Alloy: architects and developers behind the beautiful DUMBO Townhouses going up on Water Street, sell out apartments at 185 Plymouth Street and the winners of the John Street development site for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  2. Andrew Sloat: local artist who’s work “First Amendment” was shared with the world as part of Time Square’s Midnight Moment this year.
  3. Brooklyn Roasting Company: our local favorite coffee spot had a major growth spirt in 2013 – doubling their space, opening a 2nd shop on Flushing, hiring 30+ new employees, and adding pop up cafes on the East River Ferry and in the Brooklyn Museum.
  4. Carrot Creative: one of DUMBO’s longest standing digital agencies, Carrot had a pretty epic 2013. They announced a merger with VICE Media  – a deal that was covered by the New York Times – and were named both Shorty Award’s Social Media Agency of the Year and one of Inc.’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies.
  5. Christopher K. Ho: this local artist celebrated three solo shows in 2013 – a the Fyord Gallery in Philadelphia, the Y Gallery and Forever and Today Gallery in NYC. Ko also launched a major digital art project with Storm King.
  6. Michal Pasternak – Huge: As the Chief Experience Officer for Huge, Michal led the redesign of NYC.gov which launched in 2013, giving New Yorkers and visitors alike an entirely improved experience. Michal was also named to Adage’s 40 under 40 list this week.
  7. Pensa: not only did Pensa’s Street Charge hit dozens of park locations throughout the City this year, their DIWire wire-bender had major Kickstarter success and was named winner of Engadget’s “Insert Coin Competition”.
  8. POV: To name a few of this year’s accomplishments for the great documentarians of 20 Jay: POV’s “Act of Killing” is up for an Oscar, “American Promise” won Sundance, and they were awarded a major grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
  9. Stoked: This non-profit has been teaching NYC kids how to design, market and enjoy skateboard and snowboards – engaging more than 200 mentors this year and increasing kids enrichment hours by 32%. For more on Stoked, see our interview here.
  10. Studio KCA: These designers won the Governor’s Island design competition and installed “Cloud Pavilion” on the island for Summer 2013. The project, constructed out of milk containers, also won Interior Design’s Project of the Year award.
  11. Tina Roth Eisenberg: not only did Tina, aka swissmiss, grow Tattly and Creative Mornings into global enterprises this year, Tina was tapped to deliver the keynote at SXSW Interactive 2013 – a terrific talk that can be viewed here.
  12. TinyBop: This new company launched their first app this year – The Human Body – which came out in August and had been downloaded more than 5 million times in 108 countries by the end of September. Expect more gorgeous and educational kids apps in the coming year.
  13. (Yes! we couldn’t resist one more for 2013): Katie Hunt-Moor of Etsy: by day Katie is the Social Responsibility Manager for Etsy and in her spare time, she founded and runs Jiamini, a non profit that raises money to support education for children in Tanzania, supporting 70 students in 2013 with scholarships, books and computer programs.

For a copy of the DUMBO Improvement District FY 2013 Annual Report, click on one of the links below:

FY 2013 DUMBO BID Annual Report Large PDF (24mb)
FY 2013 DUMBO BID Annual Report Small PDF (1.8mb)

For a copy of the DUMBO Improvement District FY 2013 Audited Financial Statements, click here (117kb).