Short for “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass,” this Brooklyn neighborhood has seen a major renaissance and overhaul over the past few years. Nestled between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, DUMBO is marked by its cobblestone streets, warehouse buildings in the midst of condo conversion, and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, framed by two of the most famous bridges in America. Another portion of DUMBO stretches from the Manhattan Bridge east to Vinegar Hill.

Throughout most of the nineteenth century, DUMBO’s western area was named after its ferry stop, Fulton Landing, until the Brooklyn Bridge was built to connect Brooklyn to Manhattan. At the time, it was an area devoted mainly to manufacturing that gradually became more residential, due to deindustrialization.

The neighborhood’s appeal began in the 1970s when it became known as an artist’s haven of deserted streets and cavernous loft spaces. Its many loft spaces continue to make it a haven for artists. A popular annual arts festival and the many performance spaces and pieces that take place on any given night throughout the neighborhood have also been attractive to artists. Some of these performances spaces and galleries include St. Ann’s Warehouse, the A.I.R. Gallery, the Dumbo Arts Center, the Museum of Modern Arthur, Spring, Schickler Howard Fine Art, the Galapagos Art Space, the powerHouse Arena, and the BAC Gallery. DUMBO is also home to Bargemusic, a docked coffee barge located at Fulton Landing that is now a floating classical music venue, and the Annual Art on the Bridge Festival.

In 2007, DUMBO was protected as an historic district—the 90th in New York City to achieve such an honor. Fulton Ferry, scene of George Washington's evacuation from The Battle of Brooklyn, now features a new pier with historical markers and is dubbed one of “the most romantic views” in the neighborhood. Old Fulton Street features the Eagle Warehouse and Storage Company of Brooklyn, a large beautiful brick structure completed in 1893 that is now a condominium.

On Water Street, the old Empire Stores building built in 1869 looks much like it did when it was at the hub of New York’s shipping business. To the west of DUMBO is the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Vinegar Hill. Today, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is being converted into a business park for the many companies requiring large open spaces. Also in the works are plans for a waterfront park to replace the unused docks along the East River.

DUMBO is also home to a number of culinary businesses and famous restaurants. These include Jacque Torres Chocolate, the River Café, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Grimaldi’s, Dumbo General Store, Five Front, Superfine, and Pete’s Downtown Restaurant. Some of the more popular area bars are Rebar, Speak Low, Il Brigante, Low Bar, and Walter Street Restaurant & Lounge. Shopping includes Wonk, City Joinery, which features innovative, space-conscious furniture, and Blueberi. DUMBO also has a number of clubs, such as 81 Front Street Gallery, Halcyon, Manhattan Bridge Archway, the Dumbo Loft, and Toro.

Boasting one of the best children’s parks in the city, DUMBO has become known as a great place to raise a family. The neighborhood is easily accessible by the A, F, and C subway lines at Jay Street, where residents and the area’s rapidly growing digital industry workers can get into Manhattan. People can also take the ferry, run by the New York Water Taxi company. The B25, B67, B69, and B75 buses are also an option, as is simply walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, via its famous walkway.

Local schools include League Treatment Center and Daniel Hale Williams School (PS 307).

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189 Bridge Street: Bridgeview Tower Apt 14B$5,500
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AVAILABLE 6 1 2022. 51 Jay Street, Unit 1M is a spacious duplex loft with a private outdoor patio in a beautifully converted warehouse, designed by the acclaimed architecture firm, ...$9,000
Brownstone living at its best in this 3 bedroom 1 bath apartment which offers a remarkable indoor outdoor lifestyle.$7,900
Expansive 1, 514 SqFt 2 bedroom 2 bathroom loft like home with in unit laundry and a large bonus room that easily functions as a third bedroom, playroom, home office, ...$7,500
29 Willow Street is Brooklyn Height's leading luxury furnished rental location !$7,050
The Amberly Recently Featured on Pix11's Design Recipes !$6,600
A dream lifestyle awaits in this epic Brooklyn Heights duplex penthouse.$6,495
Now leasing, Studio, One, Two, and Three Bedroom Residences !$6,416
PreWar 3 Bed 2 Bath Duplex Dishwasher Washer amp ; Dryer Pet Friendly Patio Gut renovated 2.$6,000
The flawlessly designed iconic 03 line at the Toren is finally available.$5,750
No fee. Luxurious 1, 300 square foot loft style apartment in a Pre War Art Deco landmark building boasts 3 home occupancy rooms sleeping rooms, 2 full spa like bathrooms, ...$5,500
Be the first to make this newly fully gut renovated 2 BD 1 BTH, over 1, 000 sq ft home yours.$5,200
Please note that this listing is for 8 1 move in, and has broker fee.$4,995
Available July 11th. This immaculate flexible four bedroom penthouse apartment has been updated to provide a convenient experience not seen often.$4,800
Brand new sprawling one bedroom in Brooklyn's most sought after luxury tower, Extell's Brooklyn Point.$4,500
SHOWING SATURDAY 5 14 11 12PM by appointment onlyAvailable June 1With nearly 1, 100 SF, this stunning loft with two home occupancies has it all.$4,500
Do not miss this opportunity for a fabulous home in Brooklyn Heights !$4,350
The Amberly Recently Featured on Pix11's Design Recipes !$4,250
A spacious and light filled one bedroom plus dining area in prime Cobble Hill.$3,800
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COMING SOON Live at the corner of fabulous and convenient.$3,650
NO FEE ! ! Take a stroll back in time This exceptional sunny and quiet, corner 1 bedroom in the heart of Brooklyn Heights has Pre War charm galore !$3,600
Welcome to 100 Warren Street Where Cobble Hill meets the Columbia St.$3,500
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