Welcome to DUMBO
Laid-back neighborhood with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the East River
DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is one of New York's historic, most attractive, and picturesque neighborhoods. Situated just north of Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO is known for its breathtaking views of Manhattan, cobble-stoned streets, world-class waterfront parks, flourishing art and food scenes, and high-tech companies.
This waterfront neighborhood has a rich and fascinating history. The area was originally a ferry landing, characterized by 19th and early 20th-century industrial and warehouse buildings, but at the end of the 20th century, developer David Walentas bought the entire neighborhood and transformed it into an upscale residential and commercial community.
Today, you'll still find the long-abandoned rails of the old Jay Street Connecting Railroad and renovated industrial buildings. DUMBO is home to spacious luxury lofts, historic mansions, high-end condos, and upscale apartments. It's a walkable neighborhood easily accessible by subway or bus.
What to Love
- Lots of outdoor activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Top-notch restaurants
- Stunning waterfront and Manhattan views
DUMBO is smaller and quieter than its neighbor, Brooklyn Heights, but has become a draw for young professionals and tech entrepreneurs. Despite its proximity to lower Manhattan, DUMBO is pedestrian-friendly, walkable, and equally understated and energetic.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Despite being a small neighborhood, DUMBO fits a lot of shopping, dining, and entertainment in its cobblestone streets. Empire Stores is home to some great shopping opportunities like West Elm, which provides well-designed, high-quality furniture pieces that will fit any taste.
When it comes to dining and entertainment, check out Time Out Market, a food hall with 24 food vendors, three bars, a performance stage, and of course, a fifth-floor rooftop area with amazing views. Get fluffy pancakes and brunch from the venerable Clinton St Baking Company, enjoy a scoop of ice cream at Sugar Hill Creamery, or stop for a slice of pizza pie at Fornino. Other notable dining options in DUMBO include Beppe Trattoria, Cecconi's Dumbo, The Osprey, and Celestine.
The bar scene in DUMBO is vibrant, but the ones that stand out are Pilot, a bar on a vintage boat docked at a nearby pier serving oysters and other seafood with cocktails & wines, and Olympia Wine Bar, which boasts an excellent selection of reds and whites wine by the glass or bottle.
Things to Do
There's never a dull moment in DUMBO. The waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park offers a lot of ways for you and your family to enjoy yourselves in nature. You can ride your bike, play basketball, or go kayaking, bouldering, or rock climbing. The kids can enjoy a ride on the vintage carousel near the water, and you can settle in for stunning Manhattan views on one of the many lawns or waterfront beaches.
Brooklyn Bridge Park also keeps up a busy events calendar, with festivities such as yoga classes, stargazing, scavenger hunts, and outdoor movies with a view. You can also take a stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and enjoy amazing views of Downtown Manhattan, the East River, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
For art and book lovers, browse new reads at the sprawling Powerhouse Arena, or you can spend the evening exploring Smack Mellon, a non-profit gallery supporting emerging, under-recognized, and mid-career artists, or A.I.R. Gallery, a gallery dedicated to works from women.
Catch a live performance of contemporary plays and concerts at St. Ann's Warehouse, a tobacco warehouse turned theater, or head to Bargemusic, a floating concert hall that plays chamber music while docked on the East River. Don't forget to check out the DUMBO Archway, a plaza that plays host to street fairs, live music, art exhibitions, and even film shoots.
The New York City Department of Education serves the community of DUMBO.