Neighborhood Guides


Dumbo is not quite Brooklyn brownstone, not quite Manhattan skyscraper. This post-industrial, historic waterfront neighborhood has a character all its own.

At a Glance

Dumbo can no longer be labeled “up-and-coming” -- it's up and it’s come. Narrow cobblestone streets and warehouse spaces offer a raw, industrial appeal. And while designer boutiques and trendy restaurants and bars are everywhere, don’t expect a raucous late-night scene. Dumbo caters to those who seek a Tribeca vibe, but want a little distance from the hustle of downtown Manhattan. It’s no surprise that it’s now known as a place where established local artists, musicians and creative types can rub elbows with A-list celebrities.


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The Mood

With its large, imposing warehouses, finely curated shops and pristine galleries, Dumbo has an imperturbable air of cool.

Heart of the Neighborhood

The crown jewel of Dumbo is its waterfront where you can find insane views of Manhattan and tons of public art and cultural events.

Neighborhood Quirk

The name Dumbo comes from the the acronym “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” which is a very accurate description of the neighborhood's location.

Best Perk

Between the industrial architecture, the cobblestone streets and awesome views, you cannot ask for a more photogenic neighborhood. It doesn't get old!

Biggest Downside

Dumbo lacks certain everyday amenities. There are no public schools or full-service grocery stores and transportation options are limited to the F train.

By the Numbers

Dumbo is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn with prices easily rivaling those of Downtown Manhattan for both sales and rentals. For those prices, however, you can expect mint-condition new units and some incredible views.

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Food & Drink

Dumbo’s restaurant scene caters to the office crowd during lunch time. For dinner, bring a date and take in the romantic views.



Though this Brooklyn staple has a complicated history, the thin crust pizza remains delicious as ever and as always baked in a coal-fired oven.



Grimaldi's is the OG when it comes to Brooklyn wood-oven pizzas. The local favorite has turned into a tourist destination so expect lines.

Atrium DUMBO

American (Traditional)

Atrium is praised by locals and tourists alike for serving up modern, seasonal French fare in a beautiful, airy dining room.

The River Cafe

Long before Brooklyn was cool, The River Cafe was the borough's main destination for fine-dining. Open nearly 40 years, it's standards of excellence remain.

Luke's Lobster

American (Traditional)

Buttery rolls stuffed with a quarter pound of your choice of lobster, crab or shrimp. Try the lobster grilled cheese.

Gran Electrica

Mexican, Breakfast & Brunch

Gran Electrica goes to great lengths to perfect their take on Authentic Mexican fare: hand pressed tortillas, house made sauces and chorizo served alongside a healthy tequila and mezcal menu.

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