The area “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” used to hold the warehouses of New York City’s shipping and industrial magnates. Now, DUMBO’s factories sit beside glossy residences with riverfront views, and locals have enriched it with great places to shop, eat, and explore. Use NYTG Neighborhood Guide: DUMBO to lead you through this bustling Brooklyn community. Download our map here.
NYTG Neighborhood Guide: DUMBO
Take the A or C Train to High Street and use Cranberry Street for access to the waterfront. A stroll along Brooklyn Bridge Park provides the best views of lower and midtown Manhattan. Head north and you’ll reach Fulton Landing between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges; it’s a perfectly picturesque backdrop for your new profile pic. You’ll find several sites along this stretch of the East River. Jane’s Carousel has been immaculately restored from its original state, dating back to 1922. Nearby, St. Ann’s Warehouse holds regular music and theater events in its converted performance space. When the weather’s nice you can also see a show at BargeMusic, a floating venue on the river. If you’re hungry, head to The River Café, a neighborhood hotspot serving New American cuisine right on the water. Get dessert afterwards at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on the other side of Water Street.
Then, walk inland and you’ll find more great food. A stop at Grimaldi’s on Old Fulton Street is a must; it’s the original location of one of New York City’s most famous pizzerias. Walk to Water Street and you can have a French-inspired meal at Atrium DUMBO. Afterwards, get your sugar fix at Jacques Torres Chocolate. Coffee enthusiasts can find the headquarters of Brooklyn Roasting Company a few blocks away on Jay Street. This homegrown coffee purveyor provides beans to markets, cafes, and restaurants all over New York City, but a fresh cup of Joe from their personal stash is necessary for caffeine addicts.
DUMBO’s Front Street has some of the best shopping in Brooklyn. Check out P.S. Bookshop for rare, gently-used art and design publications. Pick up other secondhand goods at Front General Store, where you can get vintage threads and furniture. Gentlemen can find more home décor at Modern Anthology, a store owned by the developers of DIY Network’s Man Cave that specializes in designs for the discerning male eye. Boutiques like Nos and Natchie dot Front Street, offering unique fashions and art from local creators. Check out Trunk for an array of options; the shopping collective is owned by five fashion designers who feature their trendiest pieces in-house. When your arms are tired from all the bags you’re carrying, take a break at Superfine, one of DUMBO residents’ favorite places for lunch or dinner. Dewey’s Candy across the street makes for an excellent stop for dessert.
You can see great art in DUMBO, too, by attending First Thursdays, an evening each month when neighborhood galleries open their doors for anyone who wants to see what they’re exhibiting. Some of the participants include Minus Space, Klompching Gallery, and Smack Mellon, all of which can be found near the waterfront. More awaits you at A.I.R. Gallery on Plymouth Street, the first gallery in the U.S. to solely feature female artists. You can also see plenty of art in DUMBO without going indoors – “The Fence” is a 1000-foot installation beneath the Manhattan Bridge produced by United Photo Industries. New pictures are submitted each year and rotate across five U.S. cities, so, for the sake of posterity, make sure you capture your favorite shots on your phone – they may not be there the next time you come back.
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