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Neighborhood Profiles

Industrial Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s waterfront docklands, warehouses, and factories were derelict for years, cut off by grim Robert Moses–era elevated highways from the revitalizing, conventionally cozy brownstone neighborhoods. Most DUMBO, Gowanus, and Red Hook residents have been hardy artists and squatters priced out of the rest of the city. The three neighborhoods share the fact that they weren’t built to be residential and only began drawing serious interest in the past year or two. "When I first moved here, I rarely saw an artist," says Richard Van Buren, a sculptor and longtime Red Hook resident. "Now I see them every day, young families too. You see more Volvos." Buyers in DUMBO have the most at stake, but the views, proximity to the Heights, and the size of the apartments should prop up its value. And there’s no place for Gowanus and Red Hook to go but up.— JOEY HOFFMAN

In our archive
Best of New York: Brooklyn (March 25, 2002)
Real Estate 2001: Industrial Brooklyn (March 12, 2001)

Real Estate Listings
Offsite resources

Brokers who list DUMBO, Red Hook, and Gowanus apartments
Corcoran, 124 Montague St., 718-852-9050
William B. May, 150 Montague St., 718-875-1289
Brooklyn Heights Real Estate, 158 Montague St., 2nd Fl.
Renaissance Properties, 71 Hoyt St., 718-875-5650
Cobble Heights Realty, 206 Court St., 718-596-3333
Brooklyn Bridge Realty, 211 Court St., 718-625-3700
Harbor View Realty, 179 Atlantic Ave., 718-855-1591
Frank P. Manzione, 223 Columbia St., 718-834-1440
Frank P. Manzione, 223 Columbia St., 718-834-1440
See also: Carroll Gardens and Park Slope listings (for Gowanus), Brooklyn Heights listings (for DUMBO)
The Schools

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Elementary and Middle Schools

School District 13
School District 15

High Schools
Pacific High School

Cobble Hill School of American Studies

School for International Studies

Brooklyn School for Global Studies

Freedom Academy High School

School Reports
Board of Ed site (in PDF format)

Offsite resources

Weekly Crime Stats (in PDF format)
Precinct 84 (Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Fulton Mall): 301 Gold St., 718-875-6811
Precinct 76 (Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Gowanus): 191 Union St., 718-834-3211
The Scene
Restaurants and Bars
Superfine: Local artwork, an orange-felted pool table, and a Mediterranean-inspired menu draw an enthusiastic neighborhood crowd to this DUMBO pioneer.

Bar Between the Bridges: Before DUMBO was hot, there was BTB; when DUMBO cools, there'll be BTB....
Other Helpful (or Interesting) Websites

Offsite resources
Community District Page: DUMBO

Community District Page: Gowanus, Red Hook

South Brooklyn Network: Red Hook

Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition

Sponsor Directory
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