Must-See DUMBO: 10 Great Things to See and Do
by Ben Detrick, 01/01/2010
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With its rumbling of trains overhead, cobblestone streets and cavernous spaces carved out of former factories, DUMBO (an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass") exudes a cool, urban grandeur that sets it apart from bustling Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Nestled between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, this neighborhood has transformed during the past few decades from an industrial zone into an enclave of airy lofts, unique galleries and fashionable boutiques. DUMBO has a little bit of everything in precisely the right proportions—you can browse through a hip bookstore or two, visit several galleries, pick up some Japanese pop-culture magazines and then take in an avant-garde theatrical performance. The outdoor expanses of Brooklyn Bridge Park provide the perfect place to unwind and let the kids run free as well as offer striking, iconic views of the East River and a magnificent perspective of Lower Manhattan. Then it's back to scampering across the cobblestone streets for art books, Danish furniture and French chocolates.