December 18th, 2009

new york


D U M B O   T R E E

Like SoHo and TriBeCa, DUMBO is one of New York's neighborhoods that has been given an acronym: it stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It's a trendy and pricey "frontier" neighborhood in Brooklyn, "frontier" since you put up with the noise from elevated subways and two bridges, and a tangle of infrastructure and traffic of the roads and ramps serving them. But if you're lucky (and rich) enough, you have amazing views of Manhattan and the bridges.

I was there last night to see a play at an avant-garde theater space called St. Ann's Warehouse, and to freeze my ass off! It's a 10-block walk to subways, with wind chills coming off the river last night in the single, and possibly subzero, digits (Fahrenheit).

It's hard to appreciate the scale here -- the tree is actually quite large, maybe 20 feet tall, and the vaulted overpass that's part of the bridge is fucking ginormous.