PHOTOGRAPHY: Dumbo (Brooklun, NY)
Brooklyn has several neighborhoods to explore. But Dumbo is one of the neighborhoods that has revamped itself over the years. The area where the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges cross over t he East River from the city originally was a manufacturing district. Then in the 1970s people began buying affordable loft spaces to use as apartments. Now Dumbo is full of Boutiques and shops. Although Dumbo is transforming into a trendy area of Brooklyn, it still maintains a little gritty feel to it.

Dumbo is not named after a famous Disney character, but stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." In 1978 residents decided to give the neighborhood what they thought was a silly and ugly name to detour developers from coming in. Little would they know that wealthy residents, art-and-design based businesses and galleries would soon come to love the name Dumbo!

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