Dumbo, sometimes stylized as DUMBO, is the northwest Brooklyn neighborhood where you instantly feel the raw and charming atmosphere the second you step foot out of the subway. Dumbo (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) started out as an uninhabited industrial area that was only known as the town for the ferry stop prior to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Throughout its earlier history, Dumbo went through seven name changes and also became the site of the invention of the cardboard box. In the 1970’s, the area was home to artists and young homesteaders who colonized its large and inexpensive loft apartments. These individuals coined the name “Dumbo” in the hope of deterring developers with such an unattractive name. However, in the late 20th Century, a developer named David Walentas and his company decided to remake Dumbo into an upscale residential and commercial community. Today, Dumbo cultivates an air of art, business, and leisure. It is now Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood and New York City’s eighth richest community overall. Part of that is due to the large concentration of technology startups in the area (25% of NYC-based tech firms are located here). It’s a haven for art galleries and due to its close proximity to Manhattan, industrial building are always being converted into spacious luxury residential lofts. Besides indulging in some sweets at world renowned chef Jacques Torres’ chocolate café, the entertainment offered here stretches far and wide. Atrium DUMBO is an American restaurant known for consistent quality food and exceptional service from brunch through to dinner. There’s a wide selection of wine and the cocktails are said to be some of the best in Brooklyn, period. Superfine, a music venue/restaurant, will have you considering seconds. Be ready to wine and dine with beautifully styled plates of food, prepared with locally sources ingredients. There are multiple options to get to this fascinating neighborhood through the F, 2, and 3 trains. The famed Brooklyn Bridge touches down in the heart of the town, but the most glamourous way is via the East River Ferry. NYC’s own Silicon Valley is continuously improving and innovating the community’s culture. It’ll be sure to uphold its reputation for grandeur with ease.

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