Dumbo (or DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The area known as Dumbo used to be known as Gairville. It encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connects Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area. The neighborhood is bounded by Brooklyn Bridge Park to the north, the Brooklyn Bridge to the west, Brooklyn Heights to the south, and Vinegar Hill to the east. Dumbo is part of Brooklyn Community Board 2. The area was originally a ferry landing, characterized by 19th- and early 20th-century industrial and warehouse buildings, Belgian block streets, and its location on the East River by the imposing anchorage of the Manhattan Bridge. The entirety of Dumbo was bought by developer David Walentas and his company Two Trees Management in the late 20th century and remade into an upscale residential and commercial community—first becoming a haven for art galleries and currently a center for technology startups.
The large community of tech startups earned Dumbo the nickname “the center of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.” In that time, Dumbo had become Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood, as well as New York City’s fourth-richest community overall; this is owing in part to its large concentration of technology startups, its proximity to Manhattan, and its large number of former industrial buildings that have been converted into spacious luxury residential lofts.
The name is an acronym of “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” The area has been known variously as Rapailie, Olympia, and Walentasville; the developer who began its current gentrification is Two Trees Management, led by David Walentas. The “Olympia” name came from Comfort and Joshua Sands, who bought the land in 1787 and planned to develop the ground as a summer place for New Yorkers. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, the area now known as Dumbo was considered part of Vinegar Hill. Top Brooklyn Electrician
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The area has emerged as one of New York City’s premier arts districts, with a cluster of for-profit art galleries such as the Klompching Gallery and such not-for-profit institutions as the St. Ann’s Warehouse and the A.I.R. Gallery. The DUMBO Archway is a popular location for film shoots, art exhibitions, live music, large-scale events, and watch parties for events like the World Cup.
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