The event took place at Galapagos Art Space on 16 Main Street. Galapagos was flooded with over 10 feet of water during the hurricane, but was clean enough to host the fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14.
According to the DUMBO Business Improvement District. roughly a dozen businesses in the neighborhood were severely damaged.
Alexandria Sica, executive director of DUMBO BID, said it was good to see the neighborhood sticking together.
“We raised more than $30,000,” she said, noting that more than 350 people attended.
Money was raised was through a silent and live auction, along with donations. Prizes at the auction ranged from art donated by local artists to a personalized voicemail message recorded by Borough President Marty Markowitz. State Senator Daniel Squadron acted as a guest auctioneer.
When asked about the vitality of this neighborhood, Sica said that the support has been tremendous.
“A lot of people are concerned with what is going on locally,” she said about DUMBO residents.
Sica went on to say that a lot of businesses in DUMBO that weren’t directly affected by the hurricane still need help because they are run by people that were. She said many people who attended the event work in DUMBO but live elsewhere, such as Coney Island or Red Hook, that were devastated by the storm.
After the event, Sica said she gained a better understanding of how much the hurricane had impacted the neighborhood.
“Some business will need to consider closing,” she said.
However, she believes that with additional fundraisers some will be able to keep their doors open, if only for the time-being.
Cautiously optimistic, Sica said that some businesses are talking about, “opening partially,” but she said, “we’ll have to see how sales go.”
Sica believes it will take six months to a year to determine how exactly the DUMBO neighborhood will bounce back from this storm.