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Dumbo - "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass" - is one of the most popular neighborhoods for families and young New Yorkers. It's iconic streets with converted old factories, cobblestone streets and close-up views of the Manhattan Bridge make it one of the most photographed areas of the city. Families are drawn to the area for its safety as well as the large, luxury apartments bordering the Brooklyn waterfront. Singles are drawn to the area for its extremely close proximity to the city.
When it comes to things to do, Dumbo isn't a crazy, over-the-top area loaded with clubs, but it's a major cultural draw thanks to the galleries, events and artisanal restaurants that dot the area. Many people will claim that you can't go to Dumbo without stopping at Grimaldi's Pizza for a classic Brooklyn slice, but there are a other iconic spots like the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to chow down on Brooklyn fare. Brooklyn Bridge Park is the gorgeous park that lines the waterfront and hosts cultural events or locals and tourists just looking for a place to have a picnic, sip wine and take in the billion-dollar views.
The area is serviced by the A or C train to High Street or the F train to York Street, and each of those trains is a mere stop away from the city. Big chain stores don't dot the area, but local grocery stores like Peas & Pickles and Foragers are there for last minute needs. Major retailers like Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are a subway stop away. Dumbo is a great place to live for people who are looking for a safe, quiet area to raise their families. It's also great for people who work in the city, especially those who need to commute to and from the west side of the city. It can get extremely busy on the weekends, especially in the summer, but evenings are generally peaceful.