The winners of the 2012 Atlantic Avenue Holiday Windows Competition. The winners are Sterling Place, at 363 Atlantic Avenue, for Best Overall; Collier West, at 377a Atlantic Avenue, for Most Elegant; GUMBO, at 493 Atlantic Avenue for Spirit of the Season; and Dig, at 479 Atlantic Avenue, and Jonathan Adler, at 378 Atlantic Avenue, each won an honorable mention.
This year’s Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition will be judged by prominent representatives of local community and cultural organizations: Erika Byrnes (Director of Development & Communications, Brooklyn Historical Society), Howard Kolins (President, Boerum Hill Association), Jane McGroarty (President, Brooklyn Heights Association), Tucker Reed (President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership), and Carlo A. Scissura (President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce).
The window design competition is based on artistic merchandising and creative window display. Awards, in various categories, are given to merchants for their aesthetic contribution to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill.
Competitors must have their window designs installed by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 when the panel of judges will walk along the avenue to view and judge individual store windows based on the following criteria: original creative concept; use of materials; display technique; merchandising acumen; execution on a holiday theme and eye catching appeal for pedestrians.
Erika Byrnes is Director of Development & Communications at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Erika most recently worked as Development Director at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City.
Howard Kolins is a producer of corporate and special events with extensive experience in all aspects of live production. Howard is the President of the Boerum Hill Association and sits on the Community Advisory Council of Brooklyn Bridge Park. He lives in Boerum Hill with his wife, Carol, and their two boys.
Jane McGroarty is a Brooklyn Heights architect whose works includes townhouses, apartments and retail – both contemporary and historic. Jane is currently serving as the President of the Brooklyn Heights Association and is the BHA representative to the Community Advisory Council of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Jane lives in Brooklyn with her husband, James, and their daughter.
Tucker Reed is the President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Tucker previously was the Director of Special Projects for Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development firm based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where he assisted in the execution of development projects with an aggregate budget of nearly $200 million, while directing communications and community development efforts for the firm. From 2008 – 2009 Tucker worked for the State Department in Baghdad, Iraq on the rebuilding of the City and serving as Chief of Staff of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). Prior to joining the State Department, Tucker was the founding Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District, responsible for launching the organization in 2006 that has overseen the flourishing development of that waterfront office and residential district. Previous to his DUMBO position, Tucker was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Small Business Services in the Bloomberg Administration.
Carlo A. Scissura, a lifelong Brooklyn resident, is currently the President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, Carlo served as the Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for five years where he restructured government operations at Borough Hall and served as senior advisor to the Borough President. At the same time, he served on the 2010 New York City Charter Commission. Carlo has served on the boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Public Library. He is also the Vice President of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations, where he has spearheaded the building of the new Italian Cultural and Community Center. He is also the Master of Ceremonies for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade.