Wednesday, February 27, 2008

DUMBO and Dumber

A common response to someone who wants a hipper Forest Hills or create a mini neighborhood acronym is "move to DUMBO."

Thanks, but we'll stay here. However, you have to admire DUMBO's effort in getting this program instituted. . .

On Monday, the (DOT) unveiled the first installation in their Temporary Art Program, an initiative to spruce up otherwise drab and utilitarian streetscapes throughout the five boroughs.

The first piece of art was unveiled in DUMBO, and is an eight-foot-high and 70-foot-long mural on a corrugated metal fence alongside a DOT storage yard. "The streets are the living room of New York City, and starting here in DUMBO - and coming soon to neighborhoods citywide - we are transforming these rooms into galleries," said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.


DOT worked with the DUMBO Improvement District, the DUMBO Neighborhood Association, the DUMBO Parents organization and the d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center to bring Tan's work to the fence underneath the Manhattan Bridge.

"It is vitally important to us that our neighborhood remains a home for the arts for years to come," said Tucker Reed, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District.

The program will create temporary art installation on city spaces that are in need of aesthetic enhancement. The agency intends to add five projects each year, working with local artists as well as business improvement districts and community organizations.

For those keeping score, Forest Hills, by choice, doesn't have an Improvment District. That okay, the last thing we need is free artwork on the decaying, unused railway tressles that our Community Civics refuse to make accessible.

By the way, we came up with this idea last August.