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Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a thriving neighbourhood of artistic activity and tech startups.

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Be greedy: try both Juliana’s Pizza and Grimaldi’s Pizza. These two joints usually duke it out for the accolade of best pizza in DUMBO. Be your own judge!

DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighbourhood in the borough of Brooklyn. The unflattering acronym was adopted by local artists in 1978 in the hope that it would help deter developers. But to no avail: today it is a start-up haven and Brooklyn’s most expensive neighbourhood. Although the cheap lofts may be long gone, the legacy of art lives on. Keep your eyes open as you walk by the windows of graffitied warehouses and you may glimpse a sculptor at work.

With its waterfront access, thriving art scene and architecture that’s at once rough and charming, its no surprise that DUMBO has become one of Brooklyn’s most sought after neighbourhoods. It’s a perfect place to get a little lost: the area is awash with all the amenities that follow gentrification. You’ll be spoilt for choice with DUMBO’s French bakeries, independent bookstores, designer boutiques, edgy galleries and outstanding restaurants.

Starving artists

They may have existed here in the past, but probably no longer: DUMBO is home to some of the finest restaurants and food shops in New York. Take Juliana’s Pizza on Old Fulton Street — recently voted the best Pizza joint in America according to Trip Advisor, its buffalo mozzarella and smoky coal-oven flavours are not to be missed. If that’s not enough, make a trip to Jacques Torres Chocolate. There you will find a Willy Wonka emporium, replete with seasonal sweets and a Mexican style hot chocolate with ground chilli peppers. That ought to keep the winter cold at bay.

Nearby Attractions

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Brooklyn Bridge
New York's iconic 19th century bridge is an awesome industrial achievement, and a symbol of American optimism.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
An unrivalled view of Lower Manhattan's skyline over New York Harbour makes this a popular place for an evening walk.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
A modern park built on historic foundations that affords magnificent waterfront views of Lower Manhattan.
Brooklyn Heights
Originally Brooklyn Village, this historic neighbourhood is now a beautiful and affluent residential area.
Chatham Square
From tattoo parlours to Prohibition-era reform, this Chinatown intersection is full of history.
Manhattan Chinatown
A bustling district home to the largest Chinese population in the Western Hemisphere.

Related Tours

A View from Brooklyn Heights
Connecting Long Island and Manhattan since 1883, Brooklyn Bridge has become a globally recognized symbol of New York. Cross it in the company of your personal guide before a private trip around Brooklyn.

  • Step across the glorious Brooklyn Bridge 
  • Enjoy the illustrious past and colorful present of Brooklyn Heights
  • See DUMBO in urban form
Majestic Brooklyn Bridge

Your tour begins at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. Here you will cross the world famous landmark, during which there will be ample time to discuss the fascinating history of the bridge and to photograph Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York Harbor. Accompanied by your expert local guide, you will hear about the origins of the ferry, travel across the East River, learn about the politics behind the building of the bridge, the complications around its construction,  as well as the stories of designers and immigrant builders who made the project happen.

Trendy Brooklyn Heights

You will then have the pleasure of strolling along the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, known as the finest of all the residential neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Filled with colorful people and beautiful architecture, you will explore the myriad streets and alleys of America’s first ‘suburb’. While you walk, you will learn about George Washington’s stand against British General Howe, listen to the plentiful stories of engineering and military defeats, as well as the history of the anti-slavery preachers and remarkable authors of the area. You will also pay a visit to the Brooklyn Promenade, for absolutely unbeatable views of Manhattan. 


From the promenade, you will walk down to the ferry landing area and explore a small part of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Formerly a manufacturing and industrial district, the area suffered from economic decline and eventually fell into disrepair. Fortunately, due to a renewed appreciation for the architecture of the area and sizable investment, the once vacant factory lofts have now become very attractive destinations for artists and creatives alike. DUMBO has been transformed into a lively Brooklyn neighborhood, boasting many art galleries and high-end boutiques, pizzerias, a scenic waterfront and characterful cobblestone streets lined with historical architecture. 


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