FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2010
Contact: Jane Kojima
Director of Communications & Marketing
DUMBO IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT TO HOST A ROYAL WEDDING VIEWING PARTY UNDER THE ARCHWAY FREE and Open to the Public with Media Partner BBC America
BROOKLYN, NY — On Friday, April 29, 2011, the Dumbo Improvement District, with media partner BBC America, will celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton with a live viewing and British-style street party under The Archway in DUMBO. The event will be FREE and open to the public.
BBC America’s commercial free coverage of the wedding will be shown from 5:30AM EST and festivities will continue throughout the day including contests and prizes for the best fancy hat and costumes for both children and adults. Dress as your favorite royal (real or imagined), don a fancy hat and commemorate it all with a snapshot from the photobooth on site. For late-risers, BBC America’s coverage will be replayed in its entirety immediately following the live coverage.
“The Archway, with its soaring barrel vaulted ceiling has a cathedral-like feeling and will be the perfect place to watch this historic event with friends, families and neighbors – and have some cheeky fun,” said Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the Dumbo Improvement District. “Brooklyn is home to thousands of Brits, and we want to help them celebrate in style. We know that New York City has Royal Wedding fever and look forward to seeing all of our local princes and princesses, young and old, dressed up or just stopping by to check out the spectacle.”
For more up to the minute information about the Royal Wedding Viewing, visit the Dumbo Improvement District’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/dumbo.bid.>
The free public viewing is made possible by BBC America, with support from the local DUMBO business community – Bubby’s, the DUMBO Loft, Ito En, Water Street Restaurant & Lounge and The White Gown, and in partnership with Big Apple Brits and We Love Photobooths.
About the DUMBO IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT & THE ARCHWAY
The Dumbo Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Improvement District showcases DUMBO as a world class destination, advocating on behalf of DUMBO’s businesses, property owners and residents. The organization provides supplemental sanitation services, marketing, economic development, neighborhood programming and long-term planning.
The Archway is a magnificent and unique public space in DUMBO, Brooklyn- a 7,000 square foot space under the Manhattan Bridge, paved with historic Belgian block roadbed and a soaring barrel vaulted ceiling. Previously a scrap metal storage area for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), The Archway was returned to the public in 2009. The Dumbo Improvement
District manages the space as a pedestrian thoroughfare and venue for community and cultural events.
In 2010, the Dumbo Improvement District hosted free, public viewings of the World Cup – which drew thousands of fans from Brooklyn and beyond and attracted international media attention.
Directions to THE ARCHWAY – DUMBO
F-train to York Street; exit station and turn right onto Jay Street, left of Front Street, right on Pearl Street/Anchorage Place, walk one block. A/C – trains to High Street/Brooklyn Bridge; exit at Cadman Plaza West stairwell, cross Cadman Plaza Park, pathway curves to the left. Walk downhill on Washington Street, turn right on Water Street. 2/3 – trains to Clark Street; exit the station and turn left onto Henry Street. Pass Cranberry Street and make a right on the footpath; you will see A/C train station. Cross Cadman Plaza Park, pathway curves to the left. Walk downhill on Washington Street, turn right on Water Street.
Director of Communications & Marketing
Dumbo Improvement District