Dumbo: Soho Like It Used to Be

Talk about a transformation: Years ago, the 50-acre waterfront wedge down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass was forgotten, almost inhospitable. Then artists, edged out of Manhattan, found their way here; as did developer David Walentas, who gave it a name, and Dumbo was created. Legend has it that Walentas bought swaths of the neighborhood — two million square–feet of it, according to some press reports — decades ago, and, building by building, converted it into today’s high-end, Soho-like neighborhood (sans the clothing chains). Artists still live here, but increasingly, with prices among the highest in Brooklyn, bonus buyers and moneyed types have taken to it, too, lured by the cobblestone streets, the galleries, the restaurants (Superfine, Rice, River Café), and the mostly funky — though pricey — retail-mix (Jacques Torres, Modern Tots). But the biggest attraction is the great housing stock: once-decrepit warehouses turned luxury lofts, and brand-new high-rises built by developers seeking some of Walentas’ lucre. After the jump, some you can check out this weekend. —S. Jhoanna Robledo


57 Front St., nr. Main St., Apt. 604
Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.


85 Hudson Ave., nr. Front St., Apt. 2B
Sunday, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

1 Main St., nr. Plymouth St., Apt. 4E
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
$1.275 million


42 Main St., nr. Front St., Apt. 2B
Sunday, noon–2:30 p.m.

30 Main St. nr. Water St., nr. Apt. 5E
Sunday, 1 p.m. –3 p.m.

79 Bridge St., nr. Front St., Apt. 6F
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1.095 million

30 Main St., nr. Front St., Apt. 8D
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$1.225 million


30 Main St., nr. Front St., Apt. 5G
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$1.995 million