Thanks to its industrial charm and proximity to Manhattan, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is one of Brooklyn’s most visited neighborhoods. Whether you’re in the mood for a coal oven pizza or vintage shopping DUMBO has you covered. Here’s what to do in this lovely Brooklyn neighborhood.
Built in 1922, Jane’s Carousel is a DUMBO mainstay. Nestled next to the Brooklyn Bridge, overlooking Lower Manhattan the carousel offers one of the more pristine settings you’ll find in NYC. Take a ride on one of the ornately carved horses or admire the view—either way you won’t forget this New York icon any time soon.
Jane’s Carousel. Dock St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 222-2502
One of NYC’s most popular, and largest, flea markets, Brooklyn Flea takes over the area underneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway every Sunday from 10am to 6pm. With everything from vintage furniture and clothing to signage and NYC mementos there’s a lot to see here. Don’t forget to visit the row of food trucks when you work up an appetite for dumplings, ice cream or both.
Brooklyn Flea. 80 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 928-6603
A New York City institution since 1991, Grimaldi’s is one of the city’s most popular pizza joints. Yes, there is almost always a line, but it moves quickly and rest assured the pie is worth the wait. While the toppings list is long you’ll want to stick to the classic combination of mozzarella cheese and crushed tomato on handmade dough. Bon apetit.
Grimaldi’s. 1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 858-4300
Washington Street View
If you’ve spent any time swiping through photos of NYC on Instagram it’s a good bet you’ve seen the view down Washington Street in DUMBO. It’s the place where the arch of the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building so perfectly it’s as if it was built for that sole purpose. Get out your iPhone, DSLR or Polaroid and start snapping. One thing’s for sure—you won’t be alone.
Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY.
A fan favorite among locals Front General Store is one of the most exquisitely curated vintage shops in the city. From aging bifocals to a seemingly endless collection of leather goods you could spend a day poring over everything Front has in stock. Front also features works from Brooklyn-based artisans so keep an eye out for the rotating seasonal local displays.
Front General Store. 143 Front St, Brooklyn, NY. (646) 573-0123