Going to a restaurant in DUMBO or a concert in nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park, but not sure how to get there? You can go by foot, subway, bus, ferry, or car. In fact, just about the only way you can't get to these adjacent destinations is by plane!
Visitors to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park have three choices of the subway.
- A/C train to High Street, exit onto Cadman Plaza West. Walk left, toward the overhead highway; the street changes to Old Fulton Street. Walk down the hill and bear left as you approach the East River. Continue on Fulton to DUMBO's Front Street to get a sense of the neighborhood.
- 2/3 train to Clark Street, take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.
- F train to York Street, walk one block down Jay Street toward Manhattan, turning left at Front Street. Take Front Street until Old Fulton Street, turn right. The Turn left on Front Street. Proceed straight until Old Fulton Street. Turn right. The entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park is located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.
To avoid frustrating route changes, always check subway schedules on Hopstop or the New York City MTA Trip Planner website. All the subways above are at least a quarter of a mile (or a half kilometer) from the beginning of Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you want to stop to pick up a snack or see a bit of a historic Brooklyn Heights, the 2 or 3 subway is preferable.
The B25 bus stops at Fulton Ferry landing. This bus runs from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Fort Greene to Downtown Brooklyn to Fulton Ferry, and back. Visitors to DUMBO who are unable to walk more than a few blocks might save a bit of walking by taking the bus to and from a stop within blocks of the 2 or 3 subway stop at Clark Street and back. This bus operates only in Brooklyn. In 2013, the B67 bus offers new weekday service connecting South Williamsburg to Downtown Brooklyn via the Navy Yard and DUMBO.
(Travelers tip: Again, it's smart to check bus schedules on Hopstop or the New York City MTA Trip Planner website for possible delays or changes.)
By Water Taxi (Seasonal)
A wonderful way to get to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park is by ferry. A water taxi operates between Manhattan and DUMBO — but only seasonally, starting in the late spring.
- Saturday and Sunday: The ferry runs between Pier 6, Fulton Ferry Landing and South Street Seaport.
- Fridays: The ferry runs between Pier 6, Fulton Ferry Landing and South Street Seaport and Governors Island.
Finally, you can easily drive to DUMBO from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island; parking is another matter. DUMBO is located near the Gowanus Expressway, and of course, near to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.