A Recap of the DUMBO Annual Meeting

Bitter temperatures didn't sway the DUMBO community from packing Galapagos Art Space Jan 22 for the DUMBO Improvement District Annual Meeting. NYU-Poly's Lynne Brown captured the night's celebratory vibe with this spot-on assessment: "Smart creative people want to be in smart creative places, and that's what DUMBO is."

A quick recap:

  • Executive director Alexandria Sica descibed BID's work over last year: Welcoming new businesses and master-planning to create new office space, welcoming new residents and programming public space, adding urban art,  promoting tech and cultural innovation, and mobilizing community response to Sandy (including disbursing $58,000 in recovery grants to 13 local businesses).
  • And forecasted the year ahead: continued design of DUMBO streets, infrastructure and plazas (DOT is revamping the streets restoration design and will have third public workshop next month); completion of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle study to keep the creative and digital sectors growing in DUMBO;  the return of Archway as community cafeteria; more DUMBO-as-Test-Kitchen projects.
  • Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz bestowed these very warm - if not entirely fashion-forward - winter hats. {And then he asked Rachel Haot to help program his smartphone.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park's Regina Myer shared plans for bringing enhanced amenities and public space connectivity to the Main Street section.
  • NYC Dept. of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh applauded our intrepid and resilient business community.
  • DUMBO's coveted Magic Feather Belgium Blocks awards went to: Susan Feldman and Andrew Hamingson, St. Ann's Warehouse; Lynne Brown and Elizabeth Luskin, NYU-Poly; Rachel Haot, NYC Chief Digital Officer; and former BID staffer slash honorary "Dumbonian for Life" Jane Kojima.
  • Councilman Steve Levin commended the BID's role in supporting DUMBO's thriving tech and creative sectors, saying "DUMBO's culture is its oxygen."
  • Community members voted in the BID's board of directors and networked over cocktails and treats from One Girl Cookies and Dumbo Kitchen.

Miss the meeting? Download our 2011-12 Annual Report here.