There comes a time when you have to stand up for yourself. When you have to push back against forces larger than you and say, “Enough! This aggression will not stand, man.” Unless you actually have an army, you have to pick and choose where and when you’ll fight these battles. But today, we’re throwing down the gauntlet, drawing a line in the sand and getting the knives out: RAMBO is not a freaking neighborhood.
Curbed brings us news that the unfortunately-named patch of DUMBO has now appeared on GoogleMaps, which lends it a veneer of official endorsement and possible entrance into Wikipedia, arbiter of all knowledge. RAMBO is allegedly a tiny kinda rectangle thing boxed in between BQE, Nassau Street, Tillary Street and the Manhattan Bridge overpass.
It stands for “Right Around the Manhatan Bridge Overpass” which is so different from a place that’s “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” that apparently you need to slice it out with a scalpel.
It’s one thing when Brokelandia is playing up realtors’ penchant for ridiculous “new” neighborhoods, and yeah, sure, DUMBO is itself a made up term. But, it’s not as if DUMBO is so big that it needs to be split up. Let this happen and the next thing you know, “Barackabilly” will be a real place. Email Google, call your state senator, petition UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, write to Sly himself and do whatever you can to make sure Brooklyn remains RAMBO-free.