DUMBO isn't as silly a name as it might seem and it stands for 'Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass' which sums up DUMBO's location. The area is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that sits just on the edge of the East River. The neighborhood is known for cobblestone streets and warehouses that have been converted into beautiful apartments. Nearby Vinegar Hill is considered an extension of DUMBO.
DUMBO is becoming less and less affordable due to the recent construction of expensive luxury condos. The average family can no longer afford the area and moving to DUMBO has become something only rich people are able to pull off. Industrial spaces have been turned into spacious lofts, making the area popular with artists and their families. Living in DUMBO is becoming too pricey for your average Joe but if you can pull together some roommates it might become more realistic an option.
Because of the popularity of DUMBO with artists, it has become a mecca for art galleries. The large warehouse at 111 Front Street has been converted into a large gallery space housing Central Booking, Amos Eno, Fluxconcert, Farmani, Henry Gregg Gallery, Illegal Art, Kate Mejia, Klompching Gallery, Kris Graves Projects, Randall Scott Gallery, Umbrage Gallery and Watermill Brooklyn Gallery, among others. Anyone interested in art will love this neighborhood and many galleries hold open houses on the first Tuesday of each month, often with free wine and cheese. The Galapagos Art Space has relocated to DUMBO from Williamsburg and hosts live music, performance art, dance, theatre, film screenings and obviously art exhibits.
DUMBO is packed with trendy, delicious restaurants which makes it a great place to head out for a meal in. Superfine has a free pool table and great Mediterranean-inspired food which makes it a popular place with locals. Bubby's is another local favorite but the most famous eatery in the area is Grimaldi's Pizzeria which, some argue, is the best pizza place in the city. ReBar is an excellent bar with a great beer selection and microbrews
The A, C and F trains all stop in DUMBO and the 2/3 station is only a short walk away which makes it a pretty well-connected neighborhood. Taxis will travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan because the suburb is so close and it is also a walkable distance of about a mile in length across the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is also popular with exercisers and pleasure-walkers. Brooklyn Bridge Park is currently under construction but once it's finished it will offer be full of lawns, beaches, playgrounds and fully landscaped areas.
DUMBO is an excellent choice for artist types or anyone who enjoys galleries. It is close to Manhattan and hooked up with good transport links so if you don't get your gallery fix in DUMBO, you aren't far from other areas of the city to enjoy the arts. It's a bit pricey but if you can afford it, living in DUMBO would make a great choice.