DUMBO is primarily an art district with boutiques, coffee shops, and other local businesses. Some of the streets between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge have been temporarily closed off to traffic, making it a hassle for drivers to get around the area.
The one block radius between Washington and York Street is closed off to cars. Construction vehicles are parked there and large dirt mounds are piled. There is a huge hole in the street where construction workers are replacing a massive sewer pipe system to improve the flooding that can occur there. At the underpass across the street is where part or the project is taking place. As of the week beginning October 17, 2010, at the east side corner of Washington and Front Street is where the bulk of the construction is taking place. The street is not closed off to vehicles, but there is a gaping 15 foot deep rectangular hole. When I was walking in the neighborhood, they had already dismantled part of the large pipe that will be replaced with a newer one. There was a construction worker directing traffic, holding a “SLOW” sign. Be careful walking in this area.
The project is slated to be completed by June 2011.