DUMBO Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray

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DUMBO NYC

Once visitors get the chance to walk around DUMBO area and see the jaw-dropping views of Lower Manhattan and the East River, they instantly understand why it's one of the most visited spots in Brooklyn.

DUMBO,  an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is known for its proximity to 85-acre waterfront area Brooklyn Bridge Park, historic warehouses, and cobblestone streets.

Situated just north of Brooklyn Heights, residents and visitors can enjoy the best skyline views, indulge in homemade ice cream from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, take a ride on Jane's Carousel, and picnic by the waterfront.

A must-do for visitors is to take a selfie on the most photographed street in the country--Washington Street, which features the famed angled-view of the Manhattan Bridge from a cobblestone street.

Dumbo Bridge Photo by Florian Schneider

Turned hip by a hefty number of artists who were priced out of SoHo, DUMBO still has a thriving art scene despite the high real estate prices, rich with art galleries, art festivals, and resident artists.

There's never a dull moment in DUMBO, which is home to several different dance/musical theater companies and St. Ann's Warehouse.

On the industry side, DUMBO is best known for being home to a great number of start-ups and as the tech-hub in Brooklyn. Some companies based in DUMBO are Etsy, Gothamist, Huge, and Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

​​​​​​​Brooklyn Bridge Photo by Ben Duchac

If you take a walk through the neighborhood you might notice one or two movie or TV shoots that are always happening, not to mention the constant stream of photo shoots going on.

Now with revamped historic warehouses in Brooklyn Bridge Park, housing new retail businesses, and a new DUMBO museum, there are more ways to play than ever.

Museum in DUMBO, Photo by Tim Trad

Fun Fact: DUMBO is the birthplace of both the cardboard box and the domestic coffee shipping industry.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in DUMBO neighborhood:

CelebrityNotes
             Anne Hathaway                 Actress & Singer

Public Transportation

Streets in DUMBO Photo by Dan Gold

The DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn is not very convenient when it comes to the number of subways in the area; however, the walk you will experience on your way to your destination will make you grateful you stayed above ground.

To get here by subway, you can take the A/C train to High Street, the 2/3 train to Clark Street or the F train to York Street and it's about a 7-15 minute walk from both. It's about a quarter of a mile to Brooklyn Bridge Park from all subway lines.

By bus, the B25 is a good option for those living in the Brooklyn area, since the bus route goes from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Fort Greene to Downtown Brooklyn to Fulton Ferry and back.

Alternatively, you can take the B67 Bus to Jay Street/ York Street or the B69 bus from Park Slope to the last stop at Sands Street. 

Depending on how adventurous you're feeling, you can also take the East River Ferry, which operates from the Fulton Ferry Landing to several different locations in Manhattan. The fare is $4.

SubwayA, C, F
BusesB25, B67, B69


Average Rent Prices

Here are the average rent prices in the DUMBO neighborhood:

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
$3,214$4,460$6,216$13,099

Public & Charter Schools

DUMBO, which is Brooklyn's wealthiest neighborhood,  falls into District 13.

In recent years, rezoning laws have begun gradually mixing area schools that have a predominately white population like Public School 8 into Vinegar Hill area schools like P.S. 307 with predominately black and Hispanic children.

Though DUMBO area schools hold higher-than-average academic standards, the schools have lately faced a growing problem with overcrowding and segregation.

Here are some of the most popular area schools in DUMBO:

SchoolInfoNotes
P.S. 307Public - PreK-5 - 372 studentsSmall classroom sizes with at least two adults in most.
P.S. 8 Public - PreK-8 - 947 studentsLocated in quiet area of Brooklyn Heights. Active parents, imaginative curriculum and a special focus on social studies.
Satellite West Middle SchoolPublic - 6-8 - 195 studentsProvides challenging, well-rounded curriculum. Very supportive group of parents.
Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative ArtsPublic - 9-12 - 541 studentsTechnology and creative arts strikes a nice balance. Science and engineering courses including a robotics team

​​​​​​Restaurants

One thing top-rated DUMBO restaurants have in common is a great view, maybe even the best view of all but that's all depending on who you ask.

The River Cafe, a romantic Michelin-starred restaurant located under the Brooklyn Bridge offers patrons fine dining and a panoramic view of the city that never sleeps.

A few other unique spots in DUMBO include Juliana's (owned and operated by the legendary Patsy Grimaldi), Superfine (Mediterranean spot with live music) and Celestine (with floor to ceiling views or outdoor seating in the warmer months).

Head over to Gran Electrica (Mexican), Atrium (New American), and newcomer Cecconi's (Italian) to round out the honorable mentions. 

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