Dumbo, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, 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 Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area.
On December 18, 2007, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the DUMBO section of Brooklyn as the city’s 90th historic district. The DUMBO historic district consists of properties bound by John Street to the north, York Street to the south, Main Street to the west, and Bridge Street to the east.
The area has emerged as one of New York City’s premier arts districts, with a cluster of for-profit art galleries and such not-for-profit institutions as the St. Ann’s Warehouse and the A.I.R. Gallery. Chef Jacques Torres opened a chocolate factory in DUMBO in December 2000. Other culinary businesses in the area include Grimaldi’s, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, the River Café, and, in the One Old Fulton Street building, Pete’s Downtown Restaurant. All of these businesses cluster in Fulton Landing, which is also home to Bargemusic, a floating venue for classical music. The first public space in the neighborhood was Fulton Ferry, followed by Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park, a joint state/city venture presently under development, was launched in 2006.
The New York Water Taxi company runs a water ferry from the Fulton Slip at Fulton Landing. New York City Subway stations are located at York Street (F train) on the IND Sixth Avenue Line, and High Street- Brooklyn Bridge (A, C trains) on the IND Eighth Avenue Line. Bus service is provided by the B25, B26, and B69. A convenient staircase connects the Brooklyn Bridge walkway to Washington Street, one of DUMBO’s main streets.