One of the first things you learn as an entrepreneur is that on some level, you’re only as good as your pitch. The accelerators reinforce this by teaching you the art of storytelling, a skill that helps an investor sign a term sheet as much as it helps the father of a young child decide to take a…
I met the man who bought this carousel today. I was taking an afternoon walk outside my office in DUMBO, and spent a few minutes admiring Jane’s Carousel, which sits on the water in the Brooklyn Bridge Park and has amazing views of the bridge. It was the first thing I checked on after Hurricane Sandy (stunning photo here).
I was reading the plaque explaining the carousel’s history and how it came to be when the man standing next to me piped up, “What do you think?” “It’s stunning,” I said. He said, “That’s me!” As in the David Walentas mentioned on the plaque who, with his wife Jane, bought the 1922-constructed historic beauty at auction in 1984 and spent the next 20+ years restoring it to its original majesty before gifting it to Brooklyn and the neighborhood of DUMBO.
David also happens to be the founder and principal of Two Trees Management. His development company essentially built DUMBO and designed it to be the mix of cultural, digital and architectural diversity it is today (with a little help from the 500 digital agencies and companies now located here and a little company - my company - called Digital DUMBO).
It was very cool to chat with him about his wife’s process to restore the carousel. I was admiring it because my grandmother loves carousels and I wanted to take a picture of it for her. My grandfather made her carousels by hand for several years, but he never brought her one this big. :)
I love these guys. (Also: Happy birthday to half of one of the coolest couples I know.)
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”