More than 100 people attended the event, where DUMBO President Tom Montvel- Cohen said they are continuing to expand the neighborhood and have several projects planned for the future.
Sica said last year was extremely busy for the BID, and they accomplished many of their goals. After recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Sica was proud to announce that the majority of the businesses are now all reopened. The Water Street Bar and Grill, which has been closed for a long time, will also be opening soon.
The BID is always looking to improve its infrastructure, she said. Because of the increasing amount of bicyclists, cars and pedestrians, there were many meetings about how to fix the streets. In June, the Department of Transportation (DOT) agreed to reuse old cobblestone and install a granite strip to accommodate bicyclists.
“We have the best of worlds, cobblestone and bicycle streets,” she said.
With Brooklyn being among the top 25 best places for technology companies in the country, Sica said the BID launched the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Master Plan and will continue to work with the de Blasio administration on this.
“We’re really taking a hard look at what kind of real estate improvements can be made,” she said.
Last summer, they also created DUMBO Beach on J Street, and started DUMBO walls, which are murals painted by local artists.
Young families were not forgotten either. There were daily events in the summer including arts and crafts, music and much more. After having Halloween cancelled in 2012 because of Superstorm Sandy, more than 40 businesses opened their doors to trick-or-treaters.
There was also DUMBO Test Kitchen, where small startups were given grants to use technology to benefit the community. One business made a fire pit that harnesses power and creates electricity. The electricity lit the Christmas tree in December.
“Anytime we can have a public fire pit, I’m all in favor,” Sica said.