PHOTOGRAPHY: Dumbo (Brooklyn, NY)
by Kenneth Shinabery
Brooklyn has several neighborhoods to
explore. But Dumbo is one of the neighborhoods that has revamped itself
over the years. The area where the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges cross
over t he East River
from the city originally was a manufacturing district. Then in the 1970s
people began buying affordable loft spaces to use as apartments. Now
Dumbo is full of Boutiques and shops. Although Dumbo is transforming into
a trendy area of Brooklyn, it still maintains a little gritty feel to it.
Dumbo is not named after a famous Disney character, but
stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." In 1978
residents decided to give the neighborhood what they thought was a silly
and ugly name to detour developers from coming in. Little would they know
that wealthy residents, art-and-design based businesses and galleries would
soon come to love the name Dumbo!