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Dumbo, an area whose name is an acronym for its location, “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” was for a long time a warehouse district of Brooklyn but has since transformed into a much-desired residential neighborhood. Nevertheless, its industrial roots are still visible in its converted factory buildings and cobblestone streets, not to mention the unusually large loft apartments available.
Dumbo covers the region between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, from Hudson Street to Fulton Street and from John Street, on the East River, to Prospect Street. Also included in this neighborhood is the area to the east of the Manhattan Bridge as far as Vinegar Hill. The A/C and F subway lines stop in Dumbo, and plenty of other trains serve the Borough Hall station in Brooklyn Heights, just a short walk away.
While many of the homes in this neighborhood are former warehouses converted into residential buildings, there is also an abundance of new construction, including several condo skyscrapers. The latter offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. At the waterfront, the pier that once docked Brooklyn-Manhattan steam ferries is now home to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and also serves as a popular setting for wedding photographs.
Grimaldi’s famous pizza is also located near the pier, as is the upscale River Café. Other dining options in Dumbo include everything from chocolate and pastry shops like Almondine to restaurants like Superfine and the Vinegar Hill House. This neighborhood is also known for its art community, featuring several galleries, free outdoor movies, and St. Ann’s Warehouse, a performing arts center.
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