And the 2016 Awardees are…
As is tradition, every year at the DUMBO Improvement District's Annual Meeting, we honor individuals and organizations in DUMBO who have contributed to the neighborhood in a significant way with a Magic Feather, and highlight those doing fascinating and impactful work in their industries with a DUMBO Dozen Award.
The 2016 Magic Feather Award will be bestowed upon:
- Alex Rappaport and Molly Cronin, Big Idea Week. A free community program co-hosted by Flocabulary and the DUMBO Improvement District, Big Idea Week teaches students in grades 4-8 about entrepreneurship, STEM, and modern-day careers by collaborating with mentors from tech, media, and design companies. In 2015, Big Idea Week worked with 10 NYC schools and 40 mentors to provide exciting hands-on opportunities for 500 students. Now in its fourth year, Big Idea Week continues to expand. Check out our Q+A with Alex here.
- HUSH. The Fitness Loop is a temporary installation in Bridge Park 2, which HUSH designed for the DUMBO BID pro bono. It uses paint and instructions to inspire the community to get active and to reimagine the potential of these public spaces. Check out our Q+A with David Schwarz, founding partner of HUSH, here.
- Robert Rothe, The Doe Fund. The DUMBO BID contracts the Doe Fund to provide supplemental sanitation and other support in the neighborhood. Bob is our longest serving supervisor of the Doe Fund and consistently goes above and beyond to make DUMBO what it is today.
- Julia Guo and Brittany Nugent, HUGE. This year, Huge designed and executed the brand new Big Idea Week website pro bono! Check out our Q+A with Eric Moore, Managing Director of Huge, here.
And the following will be crowned the DUMBO Dozen:
- Asylum Arts. A non-profit dedicated to supporting contemporary Jewish culture around the world. Check out our Q+A here.
- BlankSlate. The folks behind Brownstoner and DUMBOnyc.com. Check out our Q+A here.
- Brooklyn Brew Shop. An innovative small business making good things happen in 20 Jay St. Check out our Q+A here.
- CAM. Artist about town, and the man behind the owl mural in Bar & Grill Park. Check out our Q+A here.
- David Crumley. The artist behind our DUMBO Reflector! Check out our Q+A here.
- Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Redefining dance in DUMBO. Check out our Q+A here.
- Jan Bell. The woman behind the hugely successful Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Check out our Q+A here.
- Jason Wachob. DUMBO resident, new author of Wellth and founder of mindbodygreen. Check out our Q+A here.
- Situ Studio. The design firm who first brought us Heartwalk is a very big deal now. Check out our Q+A here.
- Smack Mellon. DUMBO's iconic gallery on Washington Street. Check out our Q+A here.
- Tendigi. Making apps for everyone. Check out our Q+A here.
- Work & Co. DUMBO digital design firm that has done some amazing work with Virgin America.