There's much to see and do in the 25 blocks of DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Originally a ferry landing, the former industrial and factory-filled neighborhood is thriving. Its paved streets are flanked by loft apartments, boutiques, eateries, and art galleries.
Part of Brooklyn's Tech Triangle, DUMBO has seven coworking spaces that attract innovative remote workers, including the stylish Greendesk, the loft-like Kongo, dog-friendly WeWork DUMBO Heights, the convenient Spaces, and homey Soho Works.
DUMBO may be small, but its culinary offerings are robust. Treat the team to coffee at % Arabica, the Japanese coffee chain known for its coffee and design, or take a lunch break and grab thin crust coal-fired pizzas at Grimaldi's and Juliana's Pizza. For groups who can’t agree on what to eat, there’s Time Out Market, home to nearly two dozen local restaurants, bars, and bakeries. Locals' favorite 68 Jay Street Bar is a cozy spot to unwind after a long day as is the swanky old-school cocktail bar Harriet's Lounge. When in season, step aboard the 147-foot wooden schooner Pilot, an oyster bar docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park. For a fancy dinner, book a table at the Michelin-starred The River Cafe adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge for seasonally-changing American cuisine.
On days off, DUMBO is best explored on foot. The collection of boutiques at Empire Stores, independent bookshop The Powerhouse Arena, and the weekend Brooklyn Flea all offer wares made by local artisans. From strolling art galleries like A.I.R. Gallery and admiring the street art of DUMBO Walls to exercising while enjoying the skyline views in Brooklyn Bridge Park to taking a whimsical ride on the antique Jane's Carousel, there's something for everyone. Don't miss taking photos at Fulton Ferry Landing, the refurbished pier with enviable views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan. At night, take in a show at St. Ann's Warehouse or walk to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge.
Lauren is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in 100+ publications, including The Daily Meal, Culture Trip...
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