Even though they didn’t make any money, organizers of last week’s “fight night” fundraiser for DUMBO are calling it a success.
“DUMBO Fight Night” did pack St. Ann’s Warehouse with partiers last Thursday, but even at $50 a ticket, the event was break-even at best, said Tucker Reed, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District.
His goal was to raise awareness for DUMBO, that once-industrial, now uber-hip neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. It’s a neighborhood of old warehouses that are rapidly being converted to luxury apartments, squeezing out many of the artists and residential pioneers who put the area on the map in the first place.
In hopes of preserving the neighborhood’s “character,” several groups are backing an effort to make DUMBO a historic district.
So even if the event — which featured live music, dance performances and a boxing card complete with fighters from Gleason’s Gym — didn’t raise big money, it did remind people about the need for “preservation of the historic character and the artistic community in DUMBO,” Reed said.
It was also, of course, for people who wanted to send real-estate titan David Walentas splashing into the dunk tank.
“I think I got the worst of it,” said Reed, who also volunteered said. “But we were all good sports about getting dunked.”
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