Whether you're craving a slice of pizza at Grimaldi's, itching to buy gourmet chocolate at the original Jacques Torres location, or you just want that iconic view of the Manhattan skyline, you can find it all in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. Not sure how to get there? One option is to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or you could take a subway, bus, ferry, or car instead. In fact, just about the only way you can't get over to this little section of Brooklyn is by plane!
Visitors to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park have three choices when riding the subway.
- A/C train to High Street: As you leave the subway station, take the exit onto Cadman Plaza West. You will then 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: You will need to take the Henry Street exit when leaving the subway. Turn left onto Henry Street. Take another left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to get to the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park—it's located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.
- F train to York Street: First walk one block down Jay Street toward Manhattan before turning left at Front Street. Continue walking down Front Street until you reach Old Fulton Street. You will turn right, then left onto Front Street. Keep going straight; when you get to Old Fulton Street, take another 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 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, so be prepared to walk for a bit. If you want to stop to pick up a snack or see a bit of the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, the 2 or 3 train on the subway is preferable.
Alternatively, you could take the B25 bus, which stops at Fulton Ferry landing. This bus runs from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Fort Greene to Downtown Brooklyn to Fulton Ferry, and back.
Just be aware that this bus operates only in Brooklyn. If you're coming from Manhattan and are unable to walk more than a few blocks, you might save time being on your feet by taking the B25 bus to and from Cadman Plaza West and Clark Street. This stop is within blocks of the Clark Street subway station, which serves the 2 and 3 trains.
By Water Taxi (Seasonal)
A wonderful way to get to DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge Park is by taking the East River Ferrry. This water taxi operates between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Hop on the ferry at Wall Street/Pier 11 and you can go directly to DUMBO in just four minutes. If you want to take the more scenic route, grab the ferry at East 34th street; you'll get stunning views of Manhattan as you travel down the East River, with brief stops in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
A one-way ticket costs $2.75, and you can get it at the ticket booth at Wall Street/Pier 11, through the ticket agents onboard the ferry, or via the NYC Ferry app.
Finally, you can easily drive to DUMBO from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island. To get to DUMBO, you can take the Gowanus Expressway, the Brooklyn Bridge, or the Manhattan Bridge. It is difficult to find street parking, but there are several parking garages near the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you don't mind walking, you can also find parking lots in Brooklyn Heights.