Dumbo will live up to its namesake when flying elephants descend upon Washington Street tomorrow (Thurs, 9/28) at The Great DUMBO Drop! For the first time ever, everyone’s favorite street for photos in Brooklyn will feature food and family fun during this new annual block party hosted by the Dumbo BID.
Starting at 6PM, mini dumbos will parachute down from rooftops onto Washington Street and depending on where it lands, you can win a $500 shopping spree in the neighborhood! All you have to do is adopt your own baby elephant for $20.
You can also expect some local fun in the festivities:
If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.
Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.
The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.
If you were at the Dumbo tree lighting on December 3, you saw something pretty crazy… 350 elephants dropping from the sky.
Fortunately for the people there, the elephants were small and made of foam, and they floated into the crowd on parachutes. This “Operation Dumbo Drop” was a stunt by the DUMBO Improvement District to promote holiday shopping in Dumbo by giving away $10,000 in DUMBO Dollars. These $20 vouchers are good towards items at 26 stores throughout the neighborhood.
If you missed out on the fun, keep an eye on the DUMBO BID’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as DumboDollars.com, where they’ll be giving out hints for the locations of future Dumbo Drops. (It looks like there’s one today!)
Photo of 2015 Dumbo Tree Lighting by Philip Greenberg.(more…)