With an industrial and military waterfront heritage, today's Dumbo and Vinegar Hill neighborhoods provide a unique residential experience that eschews pristine fussiness in favor of sturdy longevity. Set along the East River, this popular Brooklyn enclave is bounded by West Street to the east, York Street to the south and the Brooklyn Bridge to the west.
Protected by two historic districts, residential spaces in Dumbo are largely found within converted warehouse and factory buildings with private outdoor space limited to the occasional terrace or roof deck. Neighboring Vinegar Hill adds a number of Federalist and Greek Revival townhouses to the mix. The area has also become a notable hotbed of co-working spaces and tech start-ups, giving the neighborhood a work-live vibe that has elevated services and restaurants catering to a daytime crowd, while nightlife and other residential conveniences have lagged.
Picture postcard views at every turn make this neighborhood a feast for the eyes, but the near-constant rumble of trains and construction will rattle those who cherish quiet. Subway service can be distant, especially from the waterfront and Vinegar Hill sections.
Brooklyn Bridge Park blankets the Brooklyn riverfront from Dumbo to Brooklyn Heights providing breathtaking Manhattan views from its abundant lawns, piers and playgrounds.
Once an active military shipyard, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has become a center of varied commercial and manufacturing activity including a farm, a major film production studio and artists' workspaces.
A popular lunch and happy hour gathering spot for area employees and residents, the Manhattan Bridge Archway, Pearl Street Triangle and Anchorage Place are also available for use as private event space and location shoots.