Monday, December 14, 2009
The Brooklyn Bridge
I had the pleasure of living under The Brooklyn Bridge for almost 6 years during the 1990's. While we could see the financial district from the east side of the Hudson River, it always felt like we were looking from past history at the new world - Manhattan. This area was called DUMBO, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, a name coined, some will say, too make it sound unattractive to developers. In years past it was mostly a manufacturing district, which, due to the changing economic situation turned into low cost loft apartments with a great deal of space, used primarily by arts organizations and artists.
This all started in the 1970's and lasted until the late 90's when developers finally started buying and renovating the area into expensive apartments with the appropriate consumer services that turned this into a more residential family area. Being only one stop from Manhattan also helped to facilitate the change in DUMBO.
This photograph is from the base of Old Fulton Street looking toward the financial district.
PS: As a side note DUMBO has fabulous pizza on Old Fulton Street - used to be Patsy's and now called Grimaldi - amazing thin crusted pizza with very fresh mozzarella cheese.