And the 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.

This year’s Magic Feather Awards will be bestowed upon:

  • Alex Rappaport and Molly Cronin, Big Idea Week. Big Idea Week, a free community program co-hosted by Flocabulary and the DUMBO Improvement District, 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. Read 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. Read more about HUSH here.
  • Robert Rothe, The Doe Fund. The DUMBO BID contracts with the Doe Fund to provide supplemental sanitation and other support in the neighborhood. Robert 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! Read more about HUGE here.

And the following will be crowned the DUMBO Dozen:

  • Asylum Arts. Read our Q+A here.
  • Blankslate. The folks behind Brownstoner, and
  • Brooklyn Brew Shop. An innovative small business making good things happen in 20 Jay St. Read our Q+A here.
  • CAM. Artist about town, and the man behind the owl mural in Bar & Grill Park. Read our Q+A here.
  • David Crumley. The artist behind our DUMBO Reflector!
  • Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Redefining dance in DUMBO. Read our Q+A here.
  • Jan Bell. The woman behind the hugely successful Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Read our Q+A here.
  • Jason Wachob. DUMBO resident, new author of Wellth and founder of mindbodygreen.
  • Situ Studio. The design firm who first brought us Heartwalk is a very big deal now.
  • Smack Mellon. DUMBO’s iconic gallery on Washington Street. Read our Q+A here.
  • Tendigi. Making apps for everyone.
  • Work & Co. DUMBO digital design firm that has done some amazing work with Virgin America.

Join us in honoring these amazing people and their contributions to our neighborhood at our Annual Meeting on May 19.