DUMBO, the industrial enclave between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges on the Brooklyn side of the East River, has been shedding its gritty patina for the last two decades. A new DUMBO has emerged as a unique mix of art spaces and forward thinking businesses, with discerning residents to match.
The core of DUMBO are the Gairsville structures, built by Robert Gair between 1887-1915. Recently, the last two unrenovated Gair buildings underwent a complete interior reconfiguration coupled with a careful exterior restoration, led by WASA/Studio A. We had the opportunity to document the sister buildings, as well as showcase the new version of the iconic Empire State Building - Manhattan Bridge view.