It was a steamy night at St. Ann’s Warehouse last week when the DUMBO improvement District hosted “DUMBO Fight Night” party, a fundraiser for the formerly industrial nabe. In keeping with the night’s theme, a boxing ring was set up in the middle of the room, and various acts — dancers, rappers and, off to the side, developers in a dunk tank (pictured at right) — amused the crowd.
When we weren’t shoving the fancy food, which was being pushed around in carts like at a real fight, into our maws, we were asking partygoers what the worst fight that they had ever been in was.
Tucker Reed, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District
My little brother is 8 years younger than me, so obviously I roughed him up a little bit. Once I was teaching him to box, so I was down on my knees — he was three years old — and he hauled off and hit me right in the nose. I was bleeding everywhere.
Jed Walentas, vice president of Two Trees Management
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a legitimate fight, but I’ve been a party to fights at basketball games and I was severely threatened a couple of time in my Yankee regalia at baseball games in Fenway Park.
Yasser Darwish, dancer
In Egypt, I had a fight when someone bothered a girl who was with me. He came with his friends and it was a real fight. I beat him up and damaged his face but he came back with some knives. I was in a bad situation until some of my friends came to help me.
Ella Weiss, president of the Brooklyn Arts Council
I’ve got road rage all the time!
Lars Schlichting, owner Half Pint
I was in Prague, and there were two of us fighting 10 English soccer hooligans. They kicked me in the eye and I couldn’t see for a week!
David Walentas, DUMBO development titan
For me, life is war every day.