DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Brooklyn. Dumbo is found within two sections, one is between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and the other is from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill.
What Is Dumbo Known For?
Dumbo was originally a ferry landing and industrial area before it was bought by developer David Walentas in the later part of the 20th century. Walentas and his company, Two Trees Management, turned the ferry landing and industrial area into an upscale residential and commercial community. Back then the area transformed into a haven for artist galleries and now it is a hub for tech startups.
Due to this development, Dumbo is well known for business, leisure, and art. In art, the area is well established as one of New York’s prime arts districts. Galleries that are found there include the Klompching Gallery.
Food wise the area has garnered its share of business, in part because of Chef Jacques Torres’ chocolate factory which opened in December 2000. There are other prominent culinary businesses like the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, The River Café, and Grimaldi’s.
Tech Center Neighborhood
A high concentration of technology companies is found in this location, so much so that it holds 25 percent of New York City-based technology companies.
Development of tech start-ups is supported by the City of New York in partnership with New York University. Tech start-ups are especially attracted to this area due to the low rental prices in comparison to Manhattan.
Places To Go For Fashion & Art
With its flourishing art scene and designer boutiques, among other successes in the area, there are some places that really make this location what it is today. Do yourself a favor if you are visiting Dumbo or have lived there but have not quite explored yet, and check out some of these places.
Places To Go: Art
Found on Fulton Ferry Landing under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic is a big work boat that has been turned into a concert hall offering chamber music and spectacular views of Manhattan all year round. Going to the Bargemusic is considered an intimate musical experience that is like no other. You can expect to pay around $35 for a concert and you can expect to pay nothing for the one-hour recitals that take place on Saturday afternoons.
2. St. Ann’s Warehouse
St. Ann’s Warehouse is a well-known theater that has been offering eclectic entertainment for the past 30 years. What you will see will vary from one night to the next, from a rock show one night to an innovative theater production the next. St. Ann’s has become such an important and compelling live performance destination that you really need to experience it for yourself.
3. Masters Projects
Having been established as a haven for art galleries, you can expect to see many art galleries in Dumbo. One of those galleries to visit is Masters Projects which is found on Water Street. Masters is renowned for bringing forth new talent to the US art market. If you are planning to go now, you can see Irving Penn’s Women Warriors Exhibition.
Places To Go: Fashion
This location is great for eclectic stores and some of the places that you can visit include:
Zoë is a one-stop shopping center where you will find high-end brands like Stella McCartney and Lanvin. If you are a
fashionista, this is the place for you to shop for your Jimmy Choos and your Alexander Wang tees.
2. Half Pint
If you are looking for more eco-friendly clothes for your kids, then Half-Print is your place. You can get organic clothing for children and infants and eco-friendly toys and gifts. A natural rubber pacifier is something else useful that you can find there.
If shopping for Jimmy Choos and Stella McCarthey jumpsuits is not within your budget, Trunk is your next best affordable stop. Trunk stocks jewelry, clothing, wallets, bags including furniture made by local designers. It is generally considered a lifestyle boutique.
How To Get There
This neighborhood is easily accessible by land or water. By land, if you are using the NYC subway, stations are
located at York Street using the F Trains, and High Street using A and C Trains. If you use buses you can take the B25, B67 and B69 buses. By sea, use the East River Ferry which connects the wharf at Fulton Landing to stations in Manhattan and Williamsburg.
Where To Get Help
If there are any incidences that require hospital or police services, here are the closest hospital and police service
18 Adams Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
301 Gold Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3003