This year, the Dumbo Improvement District supported 103 indie businesses, 1000+ creative offices, thousands of residents, picked up 86,600 bags of trash, installed 48 planters & benches and 82,000 twinkle lights, welcomed DOZENS of new companies – from tech and creative to fashion houses – managed 2,600 Open Street hours, helped calm the impact of $100 MILLION in street reconstructionhosted Biggie on Clumber Corner, broadcast 185 languages from tiny speakers in the Archway, presented the work of 164 artists, celebrated our 100th Light Year Projection, cheered the long awaited opening of Dumbo’s first ever ice skating rink, watched thousands of elephants fly down from the sky, welcomed hundreds of new residents and 4 new buildings–including 2 ground up office spaces, and hosted 40 weekends of the Brooklyn Flea, 96 free cultural events, and one very special holiday tree with 162 construction cones to round out a very productive year.

A message from Alexandria Sica, Dumbo Improvement District President

It’s with great pleasure that we present the work of the Dumbo Improvement District in 2023, a year that saw our office tenants shining, our community growing, and our small businesses working harder than ever – just like us. This year, we upped our game on so many of our core initiatives – from a whole new holiday lighting scheme with expanded projections, to brand new street furniture on Washington Street, signature events like Dumbo x Design and, importantly, staffing up on operations to meet the needs of our very popular neighborhood. We have endured record amounts of construction – supporting businesses along the way. We have celebrated the opening of new businesses, a teen community center, an ice skating rink and yes, even a new surface for the Pearl Street Triangle. Take a look – and as a reminder, we are always here to help if we can and build new connections in this amazing community. Please reach out!

— Alexandria Sica, President


Creating a Vibrant Neighborhood


Now in its seventeenth year, the Dumbo Improvement District is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting Dumbo, Brooklyn. We advocate on behalf of Dumbo’s businesses, nonprofits, cultural organizations, property owners and residents, and work hard to amplify Dumbo’s creative and innovative vibe.

Think of us as a hyper-local-chamber-of-commerce-meets-neighborhood-cheerleader.


Business Improvement District (BID) is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development and promotion of their commercial district.

Funding for BID services comes from a special assessment paid by the district’s commercial property owners. New York City is home to 76 BIDs, who invest over $165 million worth of programs and services in neighborhoods annually.










THE DUMBO ARCHWAY & pearl street triangle

The Dumbo Archway and Pearl Street Triangle are managed by The Dumbo Improvement District under the NYCDOT Plaza Program. It’s a place for gathering, for art, entertainment, the Brooklyn Flea, and beyond. It’s Dumbo’s community living room.

car-free washington street

In 2023, we continued to offer this popular amenity seven days a week, offering all Dumbonians and visitors additional public space to eat, gather and enjoy outdoors. Additionally, Open Streets has become a platform for us to showcase local artists through programming such as The Six Foot Platform, and develop community through programs such a Dumbo Family Games and Dumboween.

In August, we unveiled new streetscape furnishings, custom designed for us by 55 Washington Street-based  Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Architects. The modular benches create new space on car-free Washington Street to enjoy the view, grab a bite at local restaurants, and capture a unique angle of Dumbo’s famous backdrop. 

old fulton plaza

The Dumbo Improvement District maintains and manages Old Fulton Plaza for the NYCDOT Plaza Program, giving extra space for all walking to the waterfront, in need of a place to sit down or stopping to eat on our restaurant row: Old Fulton Street.



In August 2023, Light Year, our monthly video art exhibit curated by Dumbo-based Leo Kuelbs Collection, Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker, celebrated its 100th installation, bringing its nine-year run to an end. Launched in 2015, over nine years and 100 months, Light Year has brought video art out of the gallery and into the public realm, presenting more than 350 artists and curators.

Barricade Art

In July, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park we unveiled new barricade cover designs by nine artists. These works were from an open call for works, and graced barricades throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo, bringing color and whimsy to otherwise simply functional spaces. Featuring work by Acrylicize (@acrylicize), Vanesa Álvarez Díaz (@vanesaalvarez), Faye Harnest,  Ji Yong Kim (@jiyongkim_art), Isa Marcello (@isamarcellopaints), Leysan Nigmatova (@leysan.nigma), Williams B Perez (@will_illustrate), Alexey Tishkin (@like_i_like) and Mitzie Wong (@mitzie33). 

The Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund

The Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund provides grants for eligible public art, performance, and accessibility projects that serve to enhance public space, increase access to cultural programming, and connect the neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn. The Art Fund is a partnership of the Dumbo Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.


By Joseph Morris and Owen Trueblood

This project is a site-specific sound installation featuring the voices of hundreds of speakers of endangered languages spoken throughout the city of New York, on view in the Dumbo Archway.

As you approach the installation, the sound is a whispering babel, with hundreds of recorded voices speaking hundreds of languages. However, as you walk beneath the speakers, the babel fades, and individual voices and languages are heard. As you move through the installation you will hear the voices of New Yorkers reciting personal stories, poems, and fables of languages we’re accustomed to hearing as well as the sound of languages that NYC is expected to lose in a generation or two. (Photos by Hassan Mokaddam.)


By Sherwin Banfield

A nine-foot-tall steel and bronze sculpture of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, on view at Clumber Corner, at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. 


In this “striking piece of art” (Time Out New York) artist Sherwin Banfield sought to both honor Biggie and challenge “the traditions of western public sculpture by representing his African American artistry, lineage and evolution.”  (Photos by Noemie Trusty.)

Cultural Programming


Live at the Archway celebrated a seventh season of bringing live music and interactive art to the Archway in 2023. Hundreds came out on Wednesday evenings all summer to enjoy a diverse slate of programming. Curated in partnership with Jan Bell of The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, there was Haitian soul, Syrian indie pop, campy subway-inspired trios, Americana, old school rock n’ roll, protest music for a new generation, and collaborations with Brasil Summerfest, and the Center for Cuban Studies.

For a fifth year, we continued to present Dumbo-based artists in an interactive art experience. Each week, a different Dumbo artist created a large scale collaborative art work for public interaction. 

We were thrilled to host the second annual SIXPOINT ART SHOW in the Dumbo Archway, featuring artwork submissions from artists and fans that show what “Beer Is Culture” means to them.

And thanks to ConEdison for powering the Arts in Dumbo this summer!

Live at the Archway is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are so thankful for their support!


We tapped some of Dumbo’s best artists to guide our creativity this summer. Every Tuesday, a Dumbo-based artist led hundreds of eager apprentices in a guided art experience. There was figure drawing, charcoal, paint-by-paint-chips, watercolors, and more.

Powered with love by Creatively Wild Art Studio



The Ninth Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, curated and produced by Jan Bell, presented ten bands in the Dumbo Archway on September 29 & 30. 

The fifth annual Brooklyn Brujeria Festival returned to the DUMBO Archway on September 22 with a day of music, magic, art, and community celebrating Brooklyn’s immigrant culture and fierce resilience. This year’s line-up featured an all star cast of some of the city’s best drum and dance collectives, tarot readers and a market full of magic makers.


The Dumbo Improvement District expanded its efforts to support the businesses and create neighborhood cheer this holiday season with new holiday lighting, expanded projections and new holiday events.


New in 2023, we wrapped all of Dumbo’s trees in twinkle lights, and wrapped our Open Street furniture up as presents, bringing holiday magic to the streetscape.


Continuing our tradition of delightful, and slightly bizarre, holiday animations, we once again commissioned Dumbo-based animation studio Augenblick Studios to create whimsical animations to enliven the neighborhood in November and December. This year, we added whimsical interpretations around the theme of Gift Giving (Manhattan Bridge at Pearl Street), as well as a delightful winter panorama full of Dumbo Easter Eggs (BQE in Susan Smith McKinney Steward Park) and spotlights on buildings around Dumbo. These joined their Holiday Trees (Manhattan Bridge at Adams Street), creating a Dumbo-wide projections walk, projected nightly though New Year’s Eve.


Our 2023 Gift Guide featured 150+ items from 70+ businesses, with ideas and tips for everyone on your list. These were mailed to 8,000+ addresses, and displayed in larger-than-life style in the Pearl Street Triangle, and on York Street. 


On Saturdays and Sundays through December 24, The Brooklyn Flea brought 40+ vintage and handmade vendors to the Archway in a curated Holiday Market.


In a cheeky nod to Dumbo’s ongoing capital street improvement project, this year’s holiday tree was Dumbo’s first ever Construction Cone Tree! We commissioned the tree from longtime Dumbo artist, Casey Opstad.


One of our favorite traditions, Santa’s Mailbox is our direct line to the North Pole, with a chance for $100 Dumbo Dollars to make those wishes come true locally in Dumbo. 


On December 7, hundreds of Dumbonians joined us to ignite some holiday cheer at our annual Tree & Menorah Lighting. They enjoyed Christmas covers by Curtis J. Social and the Dumbo house band, as well as performances by the PS307 Diamonds and Dock Street Middle School cheerleaders. They were treated to tasty bites donated by Celestine, Dawn’s ‘Til Dusk, Ivy Stark Mexology, Jacques Torres and Starbucks DUMBO, and winter fun from Adams Street Library. And of course, we had Santa in a Self-Portrait Project photobooth!


Our new favorite holiday tradition was born this year! On December 13, we hosted a seven-stop holiday crawl, touring participants around Dumbo to enjoy our giant projections, lots of entertainment, free drinks and more. Plus, all participants received Dumbo Dollars to spend + indie shops were open late.

BID Services

Sanitation Services

The Dumbo BID “Clean Team” rose to the challenge throughout the year, keeping Dumbo beautiful seven days a week, rain or shine. They swept the streets, maintained the plazas, & took out the trash, including servicing our 15 Big Belly containers located throughout the district. Together the crew addressed all manner of sanitation challenges, big and small. They also continued to support the Dumbo BID Open Streets campaign, setting up furniture and barricades, and keeping Washington Street looking great! 

The “Clean Team” is contracted through the Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization working to end cycles of homelessness, incarceration and addiction through paid transitional work and supportive services.


block faces with sanitation services


hours logged by workers


trash bags collected


tons of trash collected


hours spent watering


incidents of graffiti removed


The BID contracts with The Horticultural Society of New York (“The Hort”) to brighten our public plazas with seasonal plantings. From chrysanthemums and pansies to peacock kale and celiosa, The Hort helped keep our public spaces looking great year round! The Hort is a nonprofit whose mission includes using horticulture as a way to provide vocational training and transitional employment to former inmates and at-risk youth.


A biannual gathering of Dumbo design companies, presented by the Dumbo Improvement District, Pensa and Hudson Wilder. 
In 2023, we hosted these in May at Superfine with NYCxDesign week, and in October in the Dumbo Archway. 

Supporting Small Business

This year, the Dumbo Improvement District provided tons of support to our eclectic retail mix–from indie shopping havens to waterfront fine dining–helping them connect with customers, and evolve their messaging.

The Dumbo Guide

Our map continues to fly off the shelves. This guide includes the neighborhood’s eating, drinking, shopping and cultural attractions, plus suggested itineraries for your perfect Day in Dumbo. 40k+ maps have been distributed to visitors, with more picked up every day! 

The QR Code Lives On

2023 was (still) the year of the QR code. Our giant “Where Should I Eat” posters helped guide visitors and Dumbonians alike to take out, outdoor dining and, when allowed, indoor dining in the ‘hood.


The Brooklyn Flea returned to The Pearl Street Triangle and the Dumbo Archway on Saturdays and Sundays, April through December, offering cool vintage finds and authentic New York souvenirs.

Spreading the Word


On Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok and our weekly eblasts, we mix real-time news and information with insider tips, shopping & dining guides, small business behind-the-scenes profiles and Only in Dumbo event round ups.  With thousands of fans and followers translating into millions of impressions, our content served both to support our small businesses, and connect and inspire our community.


A curated guide to Dumbo, sent monthly to Dumbo Residents & Dumbo Workforce, with insider tips, guides and all things Dumbo.


We work hard to keep Dumbo buzz worthy and at the center of all things New York City.

Supporting Artists


The Six Foot Platform is an experimental performance + art program presenting work by Brooklyn-based artists on a 6×6 platform at the intersection of Washington and Water Streets.

For a third year, Artists transformed this space over the course of the summer, chosen from a juried call for works. Audience members were invited to create trash puppets, think outside the box, enjoy fifteen minutes of fame, call their sick loved ones, and more. 

The Six Foot Platform is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council.


MELISSA DIAZ | Creativity is my Safe Space





TIANDING HE, Qingan Zhang & Yuexing Sun | HOW I DISAPPEARED


Brooklyn based art for the holidays? Yes, please. On December 2, we hosted our third annual Shop the Studios in partnership with Art in Dumbo. 50+ Dumbo artist studios and galleries opened with gift-priced art for sale.

Building Community


#DUMBODROP 2023 was epic, bringing tens of thousands of excited spectators to Brooklyn’s most iconic block party. There was live music, art making, beer gardens, a bedazzling extravaganza led by Creatively Wild, photo ops, and a Kids Zone in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Parents.

Thousands cheered as keepsake elephants parachuted down onto Brooklyn’s most photo- graphed block (Washington Street!) to raise significant funding for the neighborhood’s public schools, PS307 and The Dock Street School.

Continuing the tradition of parachute-as-collector’s-item, the artwork for the 2023 parachute was designed by Dumbo art collective Lucky Risograph.


One of our favorite neighborhood traditions, DUMBOWEEN brought hundreds of costumed Dumbonians out for our Annual March to the Arch through Brooklyn Bridge Park with Funkrust Brass Band and puppets from Chinese Theater Works, followed by an Archway Party featuring crafts with Creatively WILD Art Studio and a photobooth from Self Portrait Project. For a second year, we partnered with H.E.A.L on a Howl-o-Ween Costume Contest, this time on Washington St! Plus, 50+ Dumbo businesses handed out candy for trick-or-treat!


We teamed up with Brooklyn Bridge Parents for DUMBO FAMILY GAME TIME: fun and games for Dumbo residents on weekend mornings, June – October.

Special thanks to Leaf Medical + Dental for supporting our community programming!


Our Ninth Annual electronics waste recycling program was held in September. With the help of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, we helped 142 households/businesses in Dumbo recycle 11,742 pounds of unwanted electronic devices!


Supporting Local Community Partners

Throughout the year, we work with our community partners to do our part to support our neighbors. In 2023, we raised money for Dock Street Middle School and PS307 elementary school, hosted an ongoing food drive around Dumbo with the Vinegar Hill Food Pantry, and held coat & toy drives at the holidays in partnership with NYPD.


Public Infrastucture


In 2019, NYC DOT began a major capital project to upgrade sewer and water infrastructure, reconstruct our Belgian block streets and build-out the Dumbo Archway plaza space. The work will modernize our streets, while retaining the historic Belgian blocks, and creating safer intersections, bike lanes and accessible pathways around the neighborhood. Streets on the docket include: Pearl Street, Water Street, John Street, parts of Front St and Jay Street, Pearl Plaza (including Anchorage Place + the Archway), Adams Street, Plymouth Street and Main Street.

As of January 2024, the project is 71% of the way to completion, with most electrical, catchbasin, and sewer work complete. 2023 saw the Construction crew continue working on the eastern side of the neighborhood, finishing final sewer lines and preparing some of the last utility installations along Water Street. This year we also saw final restoration of sidewalks and belgian blocks on portions of Front Street, Plymouth Street from Adams to Pearl, Pearl Street from Plymouth to Front, and parts of John Street. The highlight of the year was the final installation of pavers on the Pearl Triangle, which is looking great! The finish line is definitely in sight! 


The Dumbo Improvement District sits on the BQE Community Visioning Council, pressing primarily for this once-in-a-generation investment to benefit our neighborhood by reducing local traffic flows and transforming the public realm spaces created by Robert Moses below and around the BQE – including the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage lots between Old Fulton and Washington Streets, Bridge Parks 1 and 3, and Old Fulton Plaza. The Dumbo Improvement District has long called for the consolidation of City parking lots and construction staging areas to create new public spaces throughout the neighborhood. Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage lot is slated to return to the public next year.

Shaping Conversations

President Alexandria Sica is a member of the Board of Directors for the NYC BID Association – a peer group of 76 BIDs throughout the City. During this important policy year, Alexandria has served as the Chair of the Public Realm Committee, advocating directly with the Adams Administration on all things that shape our streets and public spaces.

Clara Schuhmacher represents the Dumbo BID on monthly calls with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, elevating the needs of our business community and brainstorming borough-wide initiatives with this influential body, and serves as a peer review panelist for the Department of Cultural Affairs grant making efforts. 

Kalvis Mikelsteins leads the Commercial Corridor Recovery Task Force Brooklyn North Working Group, planning and facilitating meetings throughout the year with New York City Agency Officials to problem solve specific traffic, vending, and quality of life issues in the District. The Task Force focuses on inter-agency challenges and site specific issues that often fall outside of standard 311 requests.


2024 Awardees

The Magic Feather Award

The Dumbo Dozen

This year’s Dumbo Dozen recognizes some of the artists who help make our arts scene shine.

Please Welcome…

In 2023, we welcomed some incredible new businesses to Dumbo! Please say hello to:

2nd Street

70 Water Street

Specialized in vintage luxury, 2nd Street is the place to find one of a kind trending second-hand clothing in great condition.


53 Water Street

Modern American cuisine paired with a selection of 56 wines by-the-glass.

Brompton Microjunction 

111 Front Street

Few bikes can claim to be as recognizable as the Brompton. It looks different. It is different.
It’s a useful tool that makes owners smile. The magic of the fold. The space and time saved. Freedom every day. 

Carnaby Club

247 Water Street, #101

Carnaby Clubs is a connective safe haven for modern families. Their club space is utilized as a kids’ fitness studio, indoor playground, and they provide different programs and enrichment classes!

Iki Kimono

By appt

Vintage Japanese Kimono for Modern Times. Whether wearing kimono traditionally, or reinterpreting the style, Iki Kimono brings these vintage garments new life in your modern wardrobe. 

La Perla

126-A Front Street

 A pop-up bar and out-of-sight salon, La Perla offers a rotating menu of inventive cocktails and vintage musical ambience on Thursday nights from 5-11pm — Behind the Armoire at the Thea Grant shop. 

LoMein Collection

65B Pearl Street

Simon Busano has created a lifestyle brand to lift up and drip out all the underdogs in the world. Stop by for some fire bucket hats, polo’s, and more!

Natural Selection

48 Pearl Street

Natural Selection is a curated hand crafted home goods, lifestyle, and fashion boutique. Honoring master artisans of ancient technique.

Nervana NeuroSpa

68 Washington Street

Neurologist Dr. Audrey Halpern combines neurological and wellness spa treatments.


80 Front Street

With all-day dining and nightlife experience curated by Israeli Chef Sagi Azrouel, Nina serves a fusion of mediterranean delights and community spirit.


 257 Water Street

This new 24,000-square-foot facility is home of four indoor courts, a juice bar, a pro-shop, an outdoor terrace, premium locker rooms and rain showers.


53 Bridge Street

Handcrafted, functional beauty for the home-made from clay, glass, metal, wood and fiber. 

Reform Showroom

39 Main Street

A modern perspective on kitchens, in Dumbo since 2022.

Renata Facial Cosmetic Surgery

58 Prospect Street

Dr. Renata is facial cosmetic surgeon with over a decade of experience.

Ritual Moves

32 Pearl Street

Ritual Moves believes that movement is a tool for physical and emotional connection. They offer modern reformer and mat classes, private reformer training, and conduct wellness and community events.


Spear PT

81 Washington Street

Spear PT robust catalog of offerings means you can find everything you need under the SPEAR umbrella, quickly and conveniently. From Pediatrics to Geriatrics, Hand Therapy to TMJ, Golf Swing Analysis to Women’s Health, and many more in between, our therapists’ collective knowledge and training run deep and wide.


53 Water Street

Hospitality-forward wine retail & tasting room experience, designed for you to drink only the wines you love.

Ted Baker

76 Front Street

The Glasgow shirt specialist quickly became the place to buy some of the very best contemporary men’s shirting around. A very clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail gained the quickly growing brand the title of ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart.

Viso Project

46 Pearl Street

Francesco and David design, manufacture, and curate distinct objects and textiles crafted by expert artisans around the world.


With Love

32 Bridge Street, #209

Thoughtfully sourced vintage goods curated with love. Shop in person by appointment at the brooklyn showroom.


117 Adams Street

Urban beach ambiance for a clean, hygienic, and efficient tanning experience, complete with a cafè.

Have you been to The Shops at 145 Front Street? It’s a wonderland of small businesses and Dumbo’s own boutique Indie shopping corner.



Board of Directors + Staff


Alexandria Sica

Clara Inés Schuhmacher
Senior Vice President, Programs

Kalvis Mikelsteins
Director of Planning & Operations

Naseem Shad
Operations Manager


Sayar Lonial, President
NYU Poly

Peter Forman, Vice Chair
Forman Realty Management, LLC

Bruce Silverglade, Treasurer
Gleason’s Gym

David Lombino, Secretary
Two Trees Management Co., LLC


Asher Abshera
DUMBO Heights

Peter Benedetto
Chambers Paper/Dom Ben Realty Corp.

Charlie Cara
Cara Construction

Jack Cayre
Empire Stores

Jack Guttman

Pearl Realty Management, LLC

Johari Jenkins
Con Edison

Salvatore Leonardi
Front Street Pizza

Tom Montvel-Cohen
100 Jay LLC

Jed Walentas
Two Trees Management Co., LLC


Raymond Levin

Ayana Champagne


Laura Roumanos

Tanya Rynd

Lindsay Stuart
Glam Expressway


Kevin D. Kim 

Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Brad Lander

Comptroller, City of new York

Antonio Reynoso 

Brooklyn Borough President

Lincoln Restler

Councilmember, 33rd Council District, Brooklyn


Susan Feldman
St. Ann’s Warehouse

Taya Muller
Representative, Community Board 2


Hunty Mayton

Curtis Brewer

Michelle Leidecker

Nour Shabo

Onur Gul

Pamir Yilmaz


Yuquig Ye

Erin Sass

Claudia Kohn

Maisha Hanif


Emil Miles

Lionel Cassetana

A special shout out to our community partners!

And a special shout out to our amazing photographers, capturing all these moments in Dumbo!

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