Downtown Brooklyn saw $310 million in economic activity last year: report

Brooklyn’s Cultural District spurred almost $310 million in economic activity during 2013, through ticket sales, foot traffic to local businesses, hotel bookings, employment opportunities and more from 4.5 million visitors – residents and tourists alike – according to a new report released by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP).

The report’s data came from DBP’s businesses and the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA), which surveyed 37 out of 60 local cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BRIC Arts/Media and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Free family-oriented and educational programming also drew crowds, with over 64,000 children attending thousands of public performances, events and classroom visits.

Brooklyn’s cultural institutions are “fueling a renaissance throughout Downtown Brooklyn,” said Tucker Reed, president of the DBP. “New Yorkers want to live and work near world-class art, culture and creativity [and] our cultural investments are enriching the lives of children throughout Brooklyn [while] serving as an engine for growth across our borough.”

To continue that growth, DBP and city agencies are building up short and long-term infrastructure in the area.

This means the streets within the Brooklyn Cultural District will be “stitched” together via a $3 million streetscape design that includes “distinctive lighting, paving and additional seating and landscaping along Fulton Street, Ashland Place, Lafayette Avenue and side streets.”

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