Primarily a warehouse district, it was not until 1978 the acronym DUMBO became familiar. In the 19th century, the western side of the neighborhood was known as Fulton Landing and side-by-side they were Navy Yard/Dumbo/Vinegar Hill. Back then, DUMBO has grown into an industrial district with notable company like Brillo, American Tea Co, Eskimo Ice Cream, and various alloy factories sprung up in the area. Continued to grow, the industry list included:

Ajax Iron and Wire Co.
American Tea Co.
Arbuckle Coffee Mill/Sugar Refinery
E.W. Bliss Machine Works/Foundry Boorum & Pease Co.
Boss Manufacturing Co. 
Brooklyn White Lead Co. 
E. Burt Shoe Co. 
Campbell & Thayer Linseed Oil Factory 
W.B. Conrad & Co. 
Dan W. Feitel Bag Co. 
Electrose Manufacturing Co. 
General Typewriter Exchange 
Howard & Fuller Brewing Co. 
Hubbard & Carpenter Steam Pumps 
Improved Mailing Case Co. 
Ketchum & McDougall 
Kirkman & Son Soap Co. 
Lightfoot-Schulty Co.
Matchless Brass Co.
Mercereau Tin Box Manufacturing Co. 
Miller & Van Winkle
National Licorice Co.
Phillips-Doup & Co.
Louis B. Prahar
S. Rawister & Co.
Roy Watch Case Co. 
S. Sternau Co.
Union Lead & Oil Co. 
A. Zaracas Sons Macaroni

(source: www.placeinhistory.org)

The various materials used in the industry above has inspired the re-imagination of the social and historical reminiscence of the site-specific port/waterfront tableau. Proposed as a site-specific development at Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth St), an interactive garden (jardin d’hiver) would live inside this formerly boiler building. The garden includes plants that were used as raw materials on industry list above. From barley grass that were used in breweries, ornamental flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra), linseed plant/flax plant (Linum usitatissimum) are among those that will “live” in the garden.