Post-industrial, chic, weird, kind of loud -- the area along the East River where Vinegar Hill and DUMBO sprawl is often slapped with these descriptors. And though side by side, they're two distinct neighborhoods with separate charms.
DUMBO (which stands from “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”) got its name in the late '70s when early residents to the once-desolate factory area thought a silly name would keep developers away. In fact, the opposite occurred. Today DUMBO is home to pricey lofts and corporate office spaces.
Vinegar Hill, however, seems to have retained its historical charm. Originally settled by Irish immigrants, the area gets its name from the Battle of Vinegar Hill (between Britain and Ireland in 1798). Cobblestone streets and a border of just three blocks on each side means that Vinegar Hill is small and quaint.
Walking between these neighborhoods is easy and gives a peek into New York’s early past and future development -- not to mention some great views of lower Manhattan.
Drink responsibly at Brooklyn Roasting Company
Go exploring at The POWERHOUSE Arena
View the Manhattan skyline from Empire Fulton Ferry
Stop in for lunch at Superfine
Stroll the Vinegar Hill historic district
Shed your urban angst at DUMBO Boulders
Dine on Vinegar Hill House's American classics
Catch a show in a former tobacco warehouse