The area now referred to as Dumbo, or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, originally served as a ferry landing surrounded by industrial and warehouse buildings, and later as the mafia’s preferred body dumping ground. With the deindustrialization of New York City and Dumbo’s large loft spaces, it emerged as an attractive enclave for artists and creative professionals fleeing the shrinking spaces and increasing costs of Lower Manhattan. Today’s Dumbo, however, is virtually unrecognizable to its recent past. Tourists regularly cross its cobblestoned streets looking for the perfect true New York photograph, kids play on Jane’s Carousel, and real estate values are well in excess of most of Brooklyn, as well as many Manhattan neighborhoods, especially new development with river and skyline views. You will still find many loft buildings, both original and newly-developed, along with galleries and commercial space catering to TAMI tenants. While the streets have fewer cars and honking horns, be prepared for the rumble of the subway crossing the Manhattan Bridge overhead.