See and Be Seen

Annual Meeting

Each year, hundreds gather to hear what's coming up in the neighborhood, meet fellow Dumbonians and celebrate local rockstars. Not. To. Be. Missed.

2018 ANNUAL MEETING

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, 200+ members of the DUMBO Improvement District turned out to the Dumbo Loft to celebrate all things DUMBO. They sampled treats from VHH Foods, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Smile to Go, and Bluestone Lane, enjoyed La Catrina's lovely flower arrangements, and celebrated all of the DUMBO Dozen and Magic Feather recipients.

Once a year we gather for a deep dive into this fantastic community.

Alexandria Sica - Executive Director - the Dumbo Improvement District

ICYMI: Alexandria Sica’s State of the Neighborhood Address

DUMBO BID Executive Director Alexandria Sica welcomed everyone and began her address with a headline that actually appeared in The New York Times last summer: Dumbo Stakes Its Claim as a Dining Destination. *mic drop*

She told the story of how we got there— starting with the opening of Empire Stores— and announced two exciting additions coming soon!

Next up, Ms. Sica introduced all of the fantastic new businesses that have opened in DUMBO since our last Annual Meeting.

The next portion of the presentation focused on neighborhood improvement projects that we're so excited about— including building out Bridge Park 2, transforming the plaza under the Brooklyn Bridge, and restoring DUMBO's Belgian Blocks.

Plus, more people, companies, and events that set DUMBO apart and a look ahead at fun events happening this summer!

Read about our 2018 Magic Feather and DUMBO Dozen awardees here.

Get all the photos from the event here.

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors, The Dumbo Loft and Green Desk!

2017 ANNUAL MEETING

On January 23, 2017 (despite the insane weather), 250+ members of the DUMBO Improvement District packed the Etsytorium in Etsy’s stunning new DUMBO Heights offices to celebrate all things DUMBO. They sampled treats from Bluestone Lane and Foragers, enjoyed music by Turntable Lab’s DJ Keat Teoh, and celebrated all of the DUMBO Dozen and Magic Feather recipients.

Read about our 2017 Magic Feather and DUMBO Dozen awardees here.

2016 ANNUAL MEETING

On May 19, 2016, members of the DUMBO Improvement District packed the Archway to celebrate ten years of the DUMBO Improvement District. 350+ enthusiastic DUMBOnians showed up, donned SoundOff headsets, toasted our decade with beers from the Lighthouse, enjoyed performances by DUMBO artists, and celebrated all of the DUMBO Dozen and Magic Feather recipients.

"The before and after of DUMBO is really something!" said Executive Director Alexandria Sica as she showed images of the Archway and Pearl Street Triangle before they were transformed into plaza spaces, the BQE before it was covered with DUMBO Walls, and many other great works of the organization over the last ten years.

Read about our 2016 Magic Feather and DUMBO Dozen awardees here.

2014 ANNUAL MEETING

On December 8, 2014, members of the DUMBO Improvement District gathered at Superfine to celebrate another great year in the neighborhood. They enjoyed refreshments and each other's company and celebrated all of the DUMBO Dozen and Magic Feather recipients.

Read about our 2014 Magic Feather and DUMBO Dozen awardees here.

2013 ANNUAL MEETING

On January 23, 2014, 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 firsthand 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. 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.

Read about our 2013 Magic Feather and DUMBO Dozen awardees here.

2012 ANNUAL MEETING

On January 22, 2013, despite bitter temperatures, the DUMBO community packed Galapagos Art Space for the DUMBO Improvement District Annual Meeting. They networked over cocktails and treats from One Girl Cookies and Dumbo Kitchen and celebrated the Magic Feather recipients.

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."

Read about our 2012 Magic Feather awardees here.

2011 ANNUAL MEETING

On November 1, 2011, the DUMBO community gathered at Galapagos Art Space to hear about successes and accomplishments from the past year, learn about what's to come in the neighborhood, and celebrate the Magic Feather recipients.

Read about our 2011 Magic Feather awardees here.

2010 ANNUAL MEETING

On September 13, 2010, members of the DUMBO Improvement District gathered in Galapagos Art Space to hear about the latest neighborhood happenings. They enjoyed cocktails and canapés from Rice in DUMBO and celebrated the Magic Feather recipient.

Read about our 2010 Magic Feather awardee here.