Travel Guide

Brooklyn, New York City


DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in Brooklyn situated between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. The neighborhood was once a manufacturing district in New York City with its factories and warehouses. However, cheap rents and property prices began to attract new residents in the late 1970s, transforming DUMBO into a residential neighborhood. DUMBO also attracted artists who not only resided in the neighborhood but also opened their studios and art galleries here.

The Neighborhood
DUMBO is located along the East River neighboring Downtown Brooklyn with the Manhattan Bridge physically passing over the neighborhood. Many of the buildings seen here are 19th century factory warehouses and homes once occupied by the factory workers. The old buildings give DUMBO its unique character and many have been converted into apartment blocks, spacious lofts, restaurants, and shops. However, gentrification in the last two decades is gradually transforming DUMBO into an affluent neighborhood, raising rental and property prices. Today there are pockets occupied by more recently built condos and commercial buildings.

See & Do
St. Ann's Warehouse is a performing arts theater housed in a former spice mill. Located at 36 Water Street, the theater is a major venue in Brooklyn for plays, musicals, and concerts. The Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park is situated along the East River between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The Fulton Ferry Landing is a large pier located on the southern half of the park with a view of Lower Manhattan. From the the Fulton Ferry Landing, the New York Water Taxi operates a commuter and river cruise service along the East and Hudson Rivers.

Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO, Brooklyn (New York City)

Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO by laslovarga

DUMBO is a premier art district in New York City with several art galleries located here. Artworks include paintings and sculptures ranging from the contemporary to more classical art forms. For the serious art lovers, it would require more than a day to visit the various galleries in the neighborhood. 111 Front Street Galleries is housed in a large converted warehouse in Front Street and home to several major art galleries in Brooklyn. Among the galleries here are the A.I.R. Gallery, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Henry Gregg Gallery, and Klompching Gallery.

Eating Out in DUMBO
There are plenty of options when it comes to eating out in DUMBO and there is an eatery on just about every street corner of the neighborhood. Eateries range from American to ethnic establishments, especially Italian restaurants and pizzerias. A famous eatery here is Grimaldi's, a pizzeria located at Old Fulton Street. Unlike other pizzas, the pizza at Grimaldi's are still baked in a coal-fired brick oven. Jacques Torres is a
famous North American chocolatier and operates the Jacques Torres Chocolate at Water Street. There are assortments of quality chocolates sold and visitors can actually watch the chocolates being made at the shop.

Plymouth Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn (New York City)

Plymouth Street in DUMBO by Jim Henderson


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