The Associated Press just posted a travel story on Dumbo, that’s been picked up by several papers and will probably be published by others in the next few days. The article, titled “Offbeat Brooklyn neighborhood offers history, bridge views” is a fairly thorough portrayal of Dumbo. The article starts with “Four centuries in 30 minutes. That’s what tourists get in trendy DUMBO. The history of this offbeat Brooklyn neighborhood includes Dutch settlers, George Washington, Walt Whitman, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and a 21st-century chocolate shop.” If tourists are spending 30 minutes at Fulton Ferry Landing and Jacques Torres, they’re missing out on the real Dumbo. I agree that both are must visits for first time visitors, but the truth is, they’re in the Fulton Ferry Historic District and there’s a lot more history east of Washington Street in Dumbo as well. If visitors want to see the artist studios, there’s the Dumbo Arts Festival (September 24 weekend), a good chance to visit the art galleries and to check out events in Dumbo.
The article also mentions that Dumbo is relatively unknown. That’s true for non-New Yorkers, but national stories will no doubt bring more attention to this ‘secret neighborhood’ with the best views of NYC that’s also a creative community of digital and traditional artists.
Read the full AP article on MSNBC.