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DUMBO (an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass" or "Down Under Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass") is the popular name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It encompasses two sections; one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connect Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another which continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area. The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 2.
DUMBO used to be known as an artists' haven, when many of the expansive warehouses in the neighborhood were renovated into loft spaces. However, in recent years, as property has become more and more valuable in Manhattan, this neighborhood has also increasingly gentrified, pricing out most of the artists.
Celebrity chef Jacques Torres opened a chocolate factory in December 2000 in DUMBO. Other famous culinary institutions in the area include Fulton Ferry, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and the River Café. The One Old Fulton Street building, which houses the landmark Pete's Downtown Restaurant, is located in DUMBO.
One of DUMBO's main attractions is its excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Lower Manhattan. There are several public places where these views can be enjoyed. These include Fulton Ferry, Empire-Fulton State Park and the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park is currently planned for further expansion within a few years potentially expanding the waterfront park area even more.
Ferry transportation to the neighborhood is provided by the New York Water Taxi company from the Fulton Ferry. New York City Subway stations are located at York Street (F) on the IND Sixth Avenue Line and High Street-Brooklyn Bridge (A C) on the IND Eighth Avenue Line. Bus service is provided by the B25, B67, B69, and B75.
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