Dumbo in the News

Dumbo has been written up in a few media outlets lately and wanted to compile in this post.

Dumbo was ranked 12 in The L Magazine’s 13 ‘most livable neighborhoods in Brooklyn’. The list included subjective rankings (graded on a scale of 0 to 10) on access, affordability, green space, culture, food, nightlife, and architecture. Since Dumbo is one of the most expensive neighborhood in NYC, affordability is 0. Culture, access, greenspace ranked high. Food is ranked a 5, but we think the food options are getting better. (We’ll post more on Dumbo food news soon.) If you’re wondering, #1 in the rankings is Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Read about the other neighborhoods on The L Magazine.

(from WSJ)

The Wall Street Journal must love Dumbo, since they’ve published articles on Dumbo’s media agencies and tech companies, real estate vacancy rates, Gran Electrica, photo district status, NY Photo Festival, NYC tech boom, another tech company article, and even Chumbo, the Manhattan side of Dumbo.

The latest article discusses how Dumbo has grown up, sort of:

The charms of Dumbo as a spacious, relatively affordable, convenient, scenic and artsy neighborhood have made it the New York of Hollywood—a destination for wedding shots, music videos, television shows and movies.

But the section of Brooklyn, located mostly between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, is continuing to come into its own with restaurants, businesses and even quirky operating routines reflecting its popularity as an artists’ enclave.

Indeed, Dumbo has taken flight.

“We kind of think of it as what I imagine SoHo was like in the ’70s or ’80s,” said John Watkinson, 36 years old, who co-founded Docracy, a Dumbo company that provides legal documents and legalese workshops, mostly for the neighborhood’s sizable population of freelance web developers, writers and artists. “It is professional with skinny jeans,” he said. “It is for when the kids from Williamsburg get jobs, real jobs.”

They mention Singularity & Co as a business that bridges the professional and artistic community and compare Dumbo to the East Coast version of San Francisco’s Presidio. “And businesses such as Recycle-A-Bicycle, Rabbit Hole Yoga or Possum Paint Studio play into that.”

Time Out New York asked us for a few favorite spots in Dumbo in an article about the best of Brooklyn. I mentioned Zakka, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Shibui, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Finally The Real Deal published an article in the October 2012 issue on NYC’s neighborhood blogs and how the smart real estate pros read hyperlocal news to keep up with building and neighborhood information. Fellow bloggers Brownstoner, EV Grieve, F’d in Park Slope, Bowery Boogie, Brooklyn Heights Blog, Pardon Me For Asking, West Side Rag, Queen’s Crap, and Ditmas Park Patch were featured (with DumboNYC too).