DUMBO is one of the most scenic neighborhoods in New York City, and its creative energy is absolutely contagious. DUMBO is short for “Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” as the waterfront neighborhood is beneath—you guessed it—the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge. In fact, if you pause on DUMBO’s main thoroughfare at just the right angle, you’ll see the Empire State Building perfectly framed by the structure of the Manhattan Bridge. It’s certainly a sight to behold.
In DUMBO, you’ll find unmatched Manhattan views (and high-rise rental prices to match), trendy lofts, cobblestone streets, and a chic industrial aesthetic. DUMBO was once a factory district, and began attracting artists for its expansive loft spaces. Today, it’s a trendy and well-to-do area with charming boutiques, art galleries, and creative businesses.
Because DUMBO is so close to the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s a fun area to explore after walking across the bridge from Manhattan. Nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park is full of beautiful greenspace, playgrounds, food pop-ups, and those aforementioned jaw-dropping skyline views. The park also regularly serves as host to concerts and other special events.
DUMBO is home to St. Ann’s Warehouse, a groundbreaking theatre where you can catch edgy productions. On the waterfront, you’ll also spot Jane’s Carousel, a restored historic carousel that’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike. If you get hungry while exploring, top-rated food trucks, bakeries, pizza places, and other eateries are at every corner.
You’ll want to be sure to keep an eye out for photo ops in DUMBO. Just about every block of the neighborhood is picturesque, whether you’re looking for a chic, gritty backdrop or a snapshot of the Manhattan skyline.
DUMBO is also adjacent to historic Brooklyn Heights, a beautiful brownstone-lined neighborhood that’s perfect for a leisurely stroll. On a sunny day, you can wander along the Brooklyn Heights promenade, with waterfront city views.
What To See In DUMBO
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- Jane’s Carousel
- St. Ann’s Warehouse
- Fulton Landing