DUMBO is a small neighborhood with a lot of heart that's located right where the name implies: Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Right of the water, this Brooklyn neighborhood is full of trendy entrepreneurs seeking to make an impact in the fields of technology and art.
DUMBO started out as a neighborhood in Brooklyn known as Olympia. In the late 1700's, private landowners purchased much of modern day DUMBO and turned it into Summer homes for wealthy Manhattanites. While this dream never really took off, DUMBO was a popular port neighborhood for those traveling from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Factories began popping up around the mid 1800's and DUMBO became a place of industry for the next few decades. DUMBO was known for innovation as well, especially in 1890 when the cardboard box was invented there. DUMBO would remain largely industrial, even after World War II.
After many of the factories and office buildings were abandoned in the years after the…
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