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!