Dumbo Before and After

This post from Brownstoner amuses me on many levels.

First they state that the name DUMBO was meant to deter real estate brokers. The story I had always read was that the name was created by real estate brokers to turn DUMBO into the next SoHo. I now have no idea which story is correct. DUMBO would eventually become Brooklyn’s SoHo, as it last year became Brooklyn’s most expensive area.

But the pictures on the post amuse me even more. The first one is the classic Dumbo shot.

You can just google “Dumbo Manhattan Bridge” and the image search will show that picture a million times. You see in the picture a person standing in the middle of the street taking a picture. That spot is two blocks from my office and my daughter’s art class is in the red brick building on the right. During warm weather you literally cannot walk past that intersection without at least one tourist standing in that spot. Often multiple groups and often wedding parties. It’s a good thing there isn’t much traffic.

But the next picture is super cool. From 1909 when the bridge was three years from completion. All you see is the Brooklyn tower, no actual bridge…

And the last picture is from 1974 when the neighborhood was sketchy. Hard to believe every apartment in that picture sells for over a million dollars today…


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