Man, Dumbo’s got a heck of a lot of culture: St. Ann’s Warehouse, all the art studios on Front and Jay streets, plus powerHouse Arena (and used books at PS and sci-fi at Singularity & Co.) And there are all the media and publishing companies (like ours!) bringing smart young people into the neighborhood every day by the F, A and C trains, not to mention the ferry. And the neighborhood has those old Belgian-bocked streets with elegant, retrofitted brick warehouses, the towers of the Manhattan Bridge (and that jaw-dropping sightline on Washington and Front) and Brooklyn Bridge Park along the waterfront. The few bars aren’t bad, though there’s not a hell of a whole lot to eat (especially for lunch), but the real problem is that the average monthly rent is $16 million.
Photo Manhattan Bridge in 1974 (Danny Lyon’s DOCUMERICA series)