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May 20th, 2014

Neighborhood Spotlight: Dumbo

In 1978, Dumbo was named by the artists who lived there as a way to make the area sound silly and unattractive to people looking to buy real estate there.  They wanted to maintain the artist community that thrived there. Flash forward to today and the artists that started Dumbo are replaced by upscale apartment buildings and a pristine riverside park.

In 2007, the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted landmark status to the Dumbo Historic District. According to the LPC, the Dumbo area was “essential to Brooklyn’s rise as a major American industrial center and was the home of some of the most important industrial firms in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The buildings in the district reflect the extraordinary diversity of Brooklyn’s industrial development. By the early twentieth century, Brooklyn was the fourth largest manufacturing center in the entire country and a significant portion of this manufacturing was done in Dumbo”.

Dumbo has a long history in our culture both past and present. Even Jerry Seinfeld included a joke about the neighborhood on his Late Night appearance saying, “New Yorkers arbitrarily added the ‘O’ at the end because they did not want to live in a neighborhood called ‘Dumb’”.

What’s a Brooklyn neighborhood without a famous pizza joint? For one of the best pizza places anywhere, grab a slice at Grimaldi’s on Font Street.  It has an astronomical 3,000+ reviews on Yelp. This is the place everyone talks about in Dumbo and is a can’t miss spot on your next trip.