Ode to DUMBO (2017 Edition)

Happy 2018, DUMBO! It's a tradition around here to close out the year with a poem. Behold, our ode to 2017:

Oh little 'hood of Dumbo,

Twenty Seventeen is at its close,

So let's look back on the year we had

in poetic form, not prose:

Dumbo this year–the land of stars

so we'll just name a few:

Bjarke Ingels set up double shop,

JJ Redik moved in too.

Did you spot Leo DiCaprio

on the Ceconni's patio?

or watch our own Ana Gasteyer

on that Match Game show?

Awesome events galore this year

 like the reunion of Gaijn a Go-Go,

Live at the Archway's artist interactive

and Nick Jonas' Archway solo.

The Pearl Street Triangle 

turned ten years old,

The tree lighting

was not so cold,

And thousands snagged a mini dumbo

 at the first ever Great Dumbo Drop,

Raising funds for local schools

amid wind that would not stop :)

So, Celestine or Cecconi's?

Bluestone or Sugarcane?

Dumbo is now a Dining Destination 

The New York Times did proclaim!

Wanna shop at Scotch & Soda or at John Fluevog?

City Chemist or The Modern?

Randolph Beer lets you serve yourself

step up to take your turn.

Which is your favorite Brooklyn Roasting now:

Washington Street, the one in West Elm or on Jay?

Will you cowork at Dumbo House or The Wing?

A choice for another day!

This year we watched the eclipse

in true wacky Dumbo style

on top of epic new roof decks–

the whole neighborhood was out for a while.

More epic news in 2017!

Bridge Park 2 will soon look like this!!!

And best of all, New York Mag agrees (see Sept 1)

our Belgian Blocks will always exist!

Let's end with the loveliest story of the year

which is to say:

the story of Besnik Sokoli 

Dumbo building super by day...

By night, an Olympic hopeful skiing phenom

training to represent his home country of Kosovo.

Rooting for Nik is a true delight,

Donate to help him go!

A very happy new year to you all

2018 is just in time - We'll see you January Second,

standing in the Yumpling Truck line :)

Alexandria, Chris & Clara

The DUMBO Improvement District