Let’s Go to DUMBO

You say DUMBO to someone not from New York and they think of a big eared elephant that could fly. You say it to someone from New York and they think of Brooklyn. They think of cobbled streets and cute cafes. Over priced food and expensive rent. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The stretch of Brooklyn, you rightly assumed, is cut through with the Manhattan Bridge overhead (and has been since the early 1900s). It looks like a quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood.

DUMBO wasn’t always this adorable, yes adorable, corner of Brooklyn. It like many areas was once a industrial mecca, but people left and it became less attractive, until of course it became more attractive. That’s always how it works.

Walking down Jay Street there, you can’t help but notice the once cobbled streets–portions still exist where it hasn’t been paved over. You notice the old train tracks which use to transport supplies to different manufacturing buildings in the community. You notice the artsy feel. You feel like you’re in the Brooklyn everyone talks about.

Mural Under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway
Mural Under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway

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Have You Lost Your Shoes?
Have You Lost Your Shoes?

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Old Jay Street Connecting Railroad Tracks
Old Jay Street Connecting Railroad Tracks
Partially Cobbled Street
Partially Cobbled Street
Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge

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The Manhattan Bridge
The Manhattan Bridge
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