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DUMBO Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Find out why tourists and NYers alike flock to DUMBO, Brooklyn, every single day! Discover restaurants, museums, art, and transportation in the area. Learn about average rental prices and great schools in DUMBO.
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 2
Public transportation 9
Schools 6
Lifestyle 10
Crime 3

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.

In this DUMBO neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

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 Ample Hills Creamery, 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, abundant 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 significant 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.

DUMBO House offers it's private club members good eats in beautiful spaces with spectacular views.

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.

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.

Bus Lines
SubwayA, C, F
BusesB25, B67, B69

Rent Prices in DUMBO

DUMBO is usually among the priciest of Brooklyn neighborhoods. Much housing are apartments and condos in converted warehouses and new high-rises.

If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the DUMBO neighborhood:

Median Asking Prices in DUMBO
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in DUMBO Neighborhood

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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:

Local Schools
P.S. 307Public - PreK-5 - 372 studentsSmall classroom sizes with at least two adults in most.
P.S. 8Public - 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


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 whom 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 couple of other unique spots in DUMBO include Juliana's (owned and operated by the legendary Patsy Grimaldi) and Superfine (Mediterranean spot with live music).

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

How Safe is the DUMBO Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 33.0733 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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