NYC Neighborhood Focus: DUMBO's Best Buildings offer Huge Loft Spaces and Amazing Views

JUNE 18, 2012

DUMBO–an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge OverpassDumbo's Clocktower Building at 1 Main Street–offers gorgeous views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and the Manhattan skyline from its luxurious lofts and meticulously-updated former warehouses.

Located along the waterfront from Old Fulton Street in the south to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the north and from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the East River, the Brooklyn neighborhood’s vast work spaces attracted artists and artisans decades ago. Though it retains its industrious, creative vibe, many of those warehouses-turned-artists’ lofts have been converted for modern condominium living. Buildings like the visible-from-anywhere Clocktower Building at 1 Main Street, the Sweeney Building at 30 Main Street and 100 Gold Street boast state-of-the-art amenities, soaring ceilings, extra large windows and covetable city and bridge views; the unique new development known as Kirkman Lofts at 37 Bridge Street gives residents a choice between townhouse privacy and loft living; the sleek 33-story J Condominium at 100 Jay Street offers the best of modern apartment life.

Art, music and more
DUMBO’s jumbo interior spaces have attracted furniture and home design stores and studios and gourmet food emporiums as well as restaurants spacious enough to avoid the city’s prerequisite two-hour wait for a table. An annual arts festival brings visitors from all over the city. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a relatively new gem of a waterfront park, offering outdoor movies in summertime plus a full menu of family and cultural activities–it’s also one of the city’s best spots to view the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The micro-neighborhood of Vinegar Hill, which occupies a tiny corner just to the north, is a unique historic enclave of cobblestone streets and nineteenth-century frame houses.

A convenient commute
DUMBO is a one-stop commute from downtown Manhattan by subway via the F and A trains or via the East River Ferry from the Fulton Ferry landing.

Find more of the best buildings in DUMBO here.