DUMBO Visitors Guide

Where to Go and What to Do in DUMBO, In Brooklyn Under the Brooklyn Bridge

DUMBO, a tiny industrial neighborhood with spectacular views of Manhattan and New York's beautiful bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, is the first neighborhood in Brooklyn you'll find after walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a combination of old warehouses, interesting shops and restaurants, and pricey high rise apartments. You can find art galleries and occasionally big neighborhood art shows here. And, DUMBO is home to the famous pizzeria Grimaldi's, as well as Jacques Torres chocolate shop, St. Ann's Warehouse (which hosts edgy theatrical performances) and numerous other arty venues. Here are ten things everyone should have on their list when they visit DUMBO.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

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    In a Nutshell: Things to Do in DUMBO

    USA, New York City, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline
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    1. Go to one of the many cultural events, have a picnic, go kayaking, biking and take the kids to the playgrounds with world class views at amazing Brooklyn Bridge Park
    2. Take photos, enjoy the view from Fulton Landing
    3. Eat! Try Grimaldi's and other local pizzerias, SuperfineGran Electrica or get a tasty taco, grilled cheese sandwich, and wine and salad at the very excellent food trucks near Brooklyn Bridge Park or visit the popular Shake Shake. 
    4. Take in a show at St. Ann's Warehouse in its new home in the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
    5. Across the street from St. Ann's Warehouse is the historic Jane's Carousel. Take a ride on the carousel.

     

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    Eat in DUMBO

    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
    ••• The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which sells homemade ice cream, is located in an old lighthouse in Brooklyn's historic Fulton Landing. It's a local favorite. Steven Greaves / Getty Images

      Rule One of living in Brooklyn, of course, is that you won't lack for good food options! And, as every Brooklynite knows, there's great pizza everywhere, with no need to wait in lines. If you're visiting DUMBO or bringing out-of-towners to see this interesting Brooklyn neighborhood, here are some food ideas

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      The River Cafe
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      Conveniently located at the foot of Fulton Street is a famous small landing that juts out into the water. On one side is the highly rated River Cafe, an expensive restaurant that's a favorite for weddings and special events. 

      Here you can also try the excellent Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, set in a picturesque old lighthouse. And, there's an equally charming old barge that's been renovated into New York City's only floating concert hall, called BargeMusic.

      Fulton Landing has great historical significance. It was the site of the original ferry, designed by Robert Fulton, that ran between Manhattan and Brooklyn starting in 1642.

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      Take Photos: Views of Manhattan from DUMBO

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      Many people come to DUMBO just to take photographs, for a wedding picture, anniversary or special occasion. What better photo than framed against the New York City skyline? If you take the F train, walk down Jay Street toward the waterfront where there is an entrance to Brooklyn Bridge's park's waterfront stretch. 

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      Brooklyn Bridge Park
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      Near the Fulton Landing (to the left, as you gaze at the Manhattan skyline) is a fabulous place, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Allow yourself at least a half hour to wander around the pathways and gaze at the world-class views of the Statue of Liberty. Take a picnic, read a book here, and enjoy the open vistas and fresh breezes as you watch the water traffic plying the East River. Across the water is Wall Street, the nation's financial engine.

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      The old, dark, noisy cobblestone streets in DUMBO, nestled between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, are full of interesting shops and eateries. Take a little self-guided walking tour down Front Street.

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      Jacques Torres
      ••• A favorite stop in winter for hot chocolate, and any time of year for delicious chocolates, Jacques Torres is a DUMBO highlight. Alexis Lamster / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

      Foodies and chocoholics love the chocolates here. You can see chocolate chefs at work through a glass window, stop for a treat, and buy wonderful small packets of interesting chocolates for gifts for the kids and family.

      Across the street, there's a fine French bakery, too!

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      Movies With a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park
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      In the summer you have the option of watching movies under the stars in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursdays nights at Movies With A View. The free event starts at 6pm with a DJ spinning some tunes and the movie begins at sundown. You can pack a picnic or you can get some grub from the DeKalb Market outpost located at the film series. Just to note, outside alcohol is not permitted. 

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      St. Ann's Warehouse
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      Brooklyn has become famous as a creative center. Among the many interesting cultural organizations based in DUMBO, perhaps the most famous are St. Ann's Warehouse. This cultural powerhouse takes its name from historic St. Ann's Church, a church in a nearby neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, where the company was founded. If you can, get tickets in advance for a performance at St. Ann's Warehouse, now housed in the heart of DUMBO. It won't disappoint. Also, check listings for

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      Pedestrian Level of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, pedestrian point of view
      ••• Pedestrian Level of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City. Fraser Hall/Photographer's Choice RF Collection/Getty Images

      You can arrive at DUMBO by walking, driving, or biking over the Brooklyn Bridge. It's also easy to reach by subway, taxi or car (but parking's hard to find in this neighborhood).