The mixed uses in DUMBO.

June 6, 2010 at 10:18 am 3 comments

This post has been updated to reflect the closing of some businesses and to add a few new ones (thanks Nancy, for the insider info!)

Considering the diversity of goods and tenants in DUMBO’s history, it’s fitting that a range of designers and design retailers are now thriving in this neighborhood.  While I haven’t gotten to spend much time in DUMBO myself, I can tell I’ll be making several visits in the near future.

Some places in DUMBO (like powerHouse publishing) sell books. One place called Zakka sells books and lets you make things (like T-shirts) in their “Creator’s Market.” Through Neighborhoodies, you can design your own hoodie that gets made right there on Jay Street. TRUNK sells clothes, on top of furniture and accessories and sometimes art, just down the block. Journey is also in the “furniture and more” business, though these boutiques all exude a distinct personality. Similarly, spring sells a variety of design objects on top of producing full blown gallery shows. City Joinery (a personal favorite from BKLYN DESIGNS and ICFF earlier this year) calls DUMBO home, as do a number of furniture showrooms: Baxter and Liebschen specializes in Danish Modern, while Czech Kolektiv has Czech Modern covered. And whether or not you’ve ever needed a fancy hat, I do hope you’ll join me in discovering what Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute is all about.

One of our readers also suggests the following:
NOS Shoes for starters, as well as Half Pint Citizens and Pomme (both for the kids). Nancy also says “Dewey’s Candy is a real treat, and there a ton of tiny new pop-up stores in a new “Green Mall” next to ReBar (which is where you should get lunch while you’re here).”

June 6’s daily design idea is you can’t have too many design interests. So satiate them all in a neighborhood like DUMBO, where you can be inspired by dozens of incredible (and incredibly diverse) designs.


Photo by Flickr user PHAR AWAY

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  • […] The mixed uses in DUMBO, 07Jun10, DDI […]

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  • 2. Nancy  |  June 19, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Unfortunately, a few of the businesses listed above closed some time ago. Loopy Mango and Tivoli home have both had to call it quits in the past couple of years, and will be sorely missed.

    On a brighter note, we have a ton of great new businesses to check out! NOS Shoes occupies Loopy Mango’s old space, as well as a few others, Dewey’s Candy is a real treat, and there a ton of tiny new pop-up stores in a new “Green Mall” next to ReBar (which is where you should get lunch while you’re here). If you need a few more kid friendly spots, check out Half Pint Citizens and Pomme.

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  • […] DUMBO – “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” which has a great story for how it was named and also has some great design destinations […]

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