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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Bright Corner 2 Bed Condo in Dumbo with Outdoor Space, Parking, & Storage!$1,625,000
One of only four residences in the building with a private courtyard and private roof terrace, this trophy penthouse features stunning bridge, water and Manhattan views.$6,495,000
1 John Street DUMBO Luxury Waterfront New Development Completed in 2017 3 Beds, 3.$5,100,000
As big as a house ! With approximately 3600SF spread out over 3 floors plus multiple large decks, it is the size of many 5 bedroom brownstones.$4,775,000
3 Bedroom 4 Bath Duplex Penthouse with Amazing Private Terrace and Reserved Parking Space in Dumbo's Newest Full Service Luxury Building 51 Jay Street.$4,400,000
A developers dream ! This Mixed Use Brownstone is 17 feet wide by 72 feet deep and is on a large 1, 333 SF lot.$4,250,000
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Own a townhouse located in the heart of DUMBO.$3,300,000
Surround yourself in premium finishes and gorgeous views in this triple mint, gut renovated loft home featuring two bedrooms, an interior bonus room currently used as a nursery, and two ...$3,195,000
Authentic Brooklyn loft in the iconic Clock Tower Condominium.$3,150,000
Enjoy a Manhattan Bridge view from this immense three bedroom, two and a half bathroom loft home in a spectacular full service DUMBO condominium.$2,950,000
Enjoy DUMBO penthouse splendor in this spectacular full floor three bedroom, two bathroom condominium showplace with a private rooftop terrace.$2,675,000
Industrial luxury with immense warehouse windows, this spacious 1 bedroom 1.$1,385,000
A beautiful, high floor, light filled, three bedroom home with three glorious exposures showcasing East River and Manhattan Bridge views on an iconic block in the heart of DUMBO.$1,775,000
Perfectly designed for living and entertaining, this rarely available Kirkman Lofts penthouse is the best 4 bedroom value in DUMBO.$2,650,000
3 BEDROOM CORNER CONDOMINIUM DUMBO BK PRIVATE PARKING AVAILABLE47 BRIDGE STREET 5C, is the Home you always wanted and didn't think existed.$2,075,000
Mega Open House Wednesday evening July 17th RSVP http bit.$1,350,000
The best combination of space and value in Dumbo, Brooklyn.$999,000
In The Tallest All glass High rise In DUMBO, Brooklyn's Most Trendy And Unique Neighborhood.$890,000
Your dreams have come true !$2,150,000
A lovely two bedroom, 1. 5 bathroom offers high ceilings, along with an ideal living room that allows for separate living and dining areas, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, ample storage ...$1,450,000
Toren Condominium is a modern, luxury building located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.$943,000
Close to 4 rent yield with the abated tax and 3 yield after the abatement runs out in 2026 !$799,000
Fabulous direct water views !$1,175,000
Open House Sunday 23rd 12 1pmExperience prime Dumbo living at The Nexus !$1,395,000
This fabulous south facing loft, located in the landmarked DUMBO Historic District, combines beautiful original prewar details such as exposed brick walls and cast iron columns, with the best of ...$1,250,000
This home transfers with a large deeded storage unit.$1,100,000
Welcome to the Oro. An impressive, full service doorman condominium.$875,000
Penthouse one bedroom plus home office overlooking the transformative Brooklyn skyline.$1,195,000
Sprawling 1, 100sf two bedroom, two bathroom co op in Downtown Brooklyn.$835,000
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