Originally an industrial area packed with factories and warehouses, DUMBO — which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass — became popular among artists in the 1990s and early 2000s before transitioning into the tech hub that it is today.
Currently, about 80% of the companies based in the area are in the tech and creative industries, according to the DUMBO Improvement District.
According to artist and Community Board 2 member Doreen Gallo, “the neighborhood is much more residential and upscale” than it was when she moved in 20 years ago.
“There’s a lot of very interesting businesses and startups, so it’s vibrant in that way,” Gallo added.
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