Dumbo, (or DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighborhood in Brooklyn famously known for the iconic Manhattan Bridge shot. From the stunning city views, to the secret art scene, to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, to the unofficial “pizza mile” DUMBO is the place to be.
What used to be an industrial area, known for its shipping, factories, and warehouses, DUMBO is now a tourist favorite, with fine dining, local shops, cafes, and stunning city views.
Whether you are a tourist, or acting as a tourist in your own city, use the Uncover More DUMBO, Brooklyn Guide on what to Eat, See, and Do when you are in DUMBO!
- Have high tea at Alice’s Tea Cup
- Pick up an espresso Beepublic Coffee
- Order a chai at Bluestone Lane
- Buy coffee beans from Brooklyn Roasting Company
- Grab a Moroccan Mint Iced tea at Butler Bakeshop
- Give back by buying coffee at FEED, where every purchase provides a meal to children in schools
- Enjoy the view at Neighbors
- Order a whoopie pie at One Girl Cookies
- Order a matcha at Usagi while viewing the art on display
- Enjoy Italian fare at AlMar
- Dine at AlMar, a Michelin star seasonal restaurant with food sourced from Brooklyn markets
- Take in the Manhattan skyline with unparalleled views from Cecconi’s
- Chose from a variety of Eastern Mediterranean staples at Celestine
- Enjoy the view at Fornino, located in Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, overlooking the downtown skyline
- Order a coal-fired brick oven pie at Grimaldi’s
- Enjoy Gran Electrica’s backyard garden while sipping on their cucumber margarita
- Then order another at Juliana’s, the former owner of Grimaldi’s
- Feast on fajita’s at Pedro’s
- Connected to the 1 Hotel, dine at The Osprey for their views of the city, and market-driven fare
- Celebrate a special occasion at the iconic Michelin star The River Café
- Chose from one of the 21 vendors at Time Out Market
- Have a cozy date night at Vinegar Hill House
- Enjoy healthy and vegan options at Westville
- Transport to Paris at Almondine Bakery
- Order a scoop of Nona D’s at Ample Hills Creamery
- Or a milkshake at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
- Delight in Jacques Torres’s famous chocolate
Find hidden treasures at the DUMBO flea under the Manhattan Bridge Archway. Open weekends 10 AM – 5 PM, the Flea includes around 80 vendors. Described as part vintage bazaar, part old-fashioned town square, part food bonanza, you can find vintage furniture, clothing, and jewelry pieces.
Additionally, there is normally concerts, food markets, and event viewings under the Manhattan Bridge Archway. World cup viewings, large screenings, and more fun!
TAKE A PHOTO AT THE FAMOUS PHOTO SPOT
Head to the corner of Washington Street and Front Street, where you will be greeted with the classic photo spot. As you walk down Washington Street towards the water, you will see the Manhattan Bridge. In the distance, you can also see the Empire State Building perfectly framed in the archway of the bridge.
View the murals at the DUMBO Walls near the York Street subway station.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85 acre park on Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. Stretching from Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue to Jay Street north of the Manhattan Bridge, the park has numerous amenities including six piers, greenways, and even a carousel.
- Empire Fulton Landing
- Fulton Ferry Landing
- John Street
- Main Street
- Pier 1
- Pier 2
- Pier 3
- Pier 4
- Pier 5
- Pier 6
- Squibb Park & Bridge
- Jane’s Carousel – A classic 3-row machine with 48 carved horses and two chariots, the carousel was created in 1922 and originally installed in Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio. Tickets are $2.
The converted warehouses in DUMBO are home to many of Brooklyn’s artist residency programs and art organizations, located alongside artists’ studios and workshops.
- A.I.R. Gallery 155 Plymouth Street / A.I.R. Gallery is a permanent exhibition space that supports women artists to provide support and visibility.
- Meta Meta Meta, LLC 20 Jay Street / Meta Meta Meta LLC is a collaborative arts organization which facilitates creative and discursive activities with the aim of supporting a diverse community of underrepresented artists through collaboration and community engagement.
- Art in General 145 Plymouth Street / Art in General assists local and international artists to create groundbreaking and new works that would otherwise not be realized, and engages the public with key ideas that these artworks addresses.
- Minus Space 16 Main Street, Suite A / Minus Space specializes in contemporary reductive abstract art, and represents pioneering emerging and established artists.
- Photoville 16 Main Street, Suite B / United Photo Industries works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography.
- Smack Mellon 92 Plymouth Street / Smack Mellon presents solo and group exhibitions providing technical and financial support for their creation of new and ambitious projects by emerging, under recognized mid-career and women artists.
- Usagi 163 Plymouth St / Usagi NY is a hybrid space that combines an art gallery, a library, and a café to showcase multidisciplinary culture through exhibitions, performances and workshops.
Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Main Street, Pebble Beach allows you to walk down to the water and see an unobstructed view of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
Pebble Beach also offers free kayaking from August 14 through October 14. Read more on how to reserve your free spot here.
A modern urban marketplace located in a revitalized pre-Civil War era coffee warehouse along the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood, Empire Stores houses the Brooklyn Historical Society, Time Out Market, and a rooftop with stunning views of the city.
- The Center for Brooklyn History preserves, protects and shares Brooklyn’s history with the borough’s diverse audiences and beyond.
- Time Out Market New York houses over 21 vendors, featuring the highest-rated local restaurants and some of New York’s most-revered chefs. The real star of the show, is their fifth floor rooftop which offers sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. With 21 eateries and three bars, there are plenty of options to chose from. Note: You do not have to purchase something to visit their rooftop.
WALK THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
One of the famous things to do in DUMBO is to walk the Brooklyn Bridge! The Brooklyn Bridge is easily accessible from DUMBO. The walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan approximately takes 30 minutes with no stops. The entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge is on Tillary St.
St. Ann’s Warehouse is a performing arts institution located in the 1860 Tobacco Warehouse adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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