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DUMBO is the Brooklyn neighborhood that sits beneath two of Brooklyn’s most famous bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Beyond simply defining the neighborhood’s location, these bridges define the essence of DUMBO, both past and present. DUMBO is considered by some, the golden child of the NYC renaissance. Twenty years ago, DUMBO was a worn-out industrial zone home to artists and squatters. Today, DUMBO has an appealing mixture of elements: historical district, cultural destinations, waterfront, spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, NY Harbor, and fabulous Brooklyn Bridge Park. You still see old warehouses and cobble stone streets, but designers, techies and stock brokers have moved in and opened up boutiques, furniture stores, galleries, food trucks, and high-priced apartment buildings. In DUMBO, you can find art galleries, shows, and festivals. It 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, of course, Brooklyn Cupcake!

How to get to DUMBO:

Via Subway

A/C train to High Street, exit onto Cadman Plaza West. Walk left, toward the overhead highway; the street changes name 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, take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.

F train to York Street, walk one block down Jay Street toward Manhattan, turning left at Front Street. Take Front Street until Old Fulton Street, turn right. The Turn left on Front Street. Proceed straight until Old Fulton Street. Turn right. The entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park is located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.

Via Bus

The B25 bus stops at Fulton Ferry landing. This bus runs from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Fort Greene to Downtown Brooklyn to Fulton Ferry, and back. Visitors to DUMBO who are unable to walk more than a few blocks might save a bit of walking by taking the bus to and from a stop within blocks of the 2 or 3 subway stop at Clark Street and back.

This bus (B25) operates only in Brooklyn (Schedule: http://new.mta.info/)

To avoid frustrating route changes, always check subway and bus schedules on Hopstop or the New York City MTA Trip Planner website. Also, the aforementioned subways above are at least a quarter of a mile from the beginning of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Via Walking/Biking

You can enjoy fabulous views of the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor, the East River, and other NYC bridges. How long does it take to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge? If you are a fast walker, Allow 25-30 minutes. If you want to take a romantic walk with your honey, allow 45 minutes. If you a tourist or photographer, allow 60 minutes. Please also note that there’s going to be construction on the Brooklyn Bridge until 2014. Therefore, be sure to get timely information from the source: The NYC Department of Transportation at:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/infrastructure/brooklyn-bridge.shtml#promenade.
You can also get notices via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter (#NYCDOTbkbridge) by emailing: brooklynbridgeoutreach@gmail.com.

How to Walk from the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Path to DUMBO & Brooklyn Bridge Park:

It’s a five minute walk to DUMBO from the first exit off the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway:

Take the first exit when walking off the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway.

Take the path off the pedestrian walkway that bears to the left and slightly downhill as you face Brooklyn. d Roll” at Pier 84 (West 43rd Street) or Battery Park (just west of Pier A): http://brooklyn.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=brooklyn&cdn=citiestowns&tm=38&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=12&bt=8&bts=8&zu=http%3A//www.bikeandroll.com/

The CitiBike Share Program has also been installed in DUMBO!
http://dumbonyc.com/2013/04/23/citibike-bike-share-program-installed-in-dumbo/

Via Ferry Boat (Seasonal)

A water taxi operates between Manhattan and DUMBO — but only seasonally, starting in the late spring.

Saturday and Sunday: The ferry runs between Pier 6, Fulton Ferry Landing and South Street Seaport.

Fridays: The ferry runs between Pier 6, Fulton Ferry Landing and South Street Seaport and Governors Island. On Fridays, you can take your bike for free.

Get schedules and fares at http://nyharborway.com/

Via Car

DUMBO is located near the Gowanus Expressway, and of course, near the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.

How to Drive Over the Brooklyn Bridge from Ground Zero and Local Streets in Manhattan

Head toward Vesey Street on 12th Avenue and the West Side Highway.

Go 0.5 mile: Turn right onto Chambers Street.
Turn right onto Centre Street.

Go 1.2 mile: Turn left and take ramp onto Brooklyn Bridge toward Kennedy Airport/La Guardia Airport.

Go 0.5 mile: Continue on Adams Street, Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.

Go 0.3 mile: Turn right onto Joralemon Street.

Arrive at Joralemon Street

The trip takes 2.9 miles.

How to Drive Over the Brooklyn Bridge from Midtown and Other Areas in Manhattan North of the Brooklyn Bridge

Take the FDR Drive South (that’s the Franklin D Roosevelt Drive, also known as the East River Drive) in the direction of Battery Park.

Take exit #2, with signs marked as “Brooklyn Bridge /Manhattan Civic Center”, on a right side ramp. When you see the sign, it’s a good idea to shift into the far right lane as the exit to the Brooklyn Bridge becomes congested. At rush hour there’s a long back up of cars exiting onto the Brooklyn Bridge.

Follow the signs onto Brooklyn Bridge and beware of merging traffic.

The ramp will lead you onto the Bridge.

Go 0.5 mile: Continue on Adams Street arriving in Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.

How to Drive Over the Brooklyn Bridge from the South Street Ferry and Other Areas in Manhattan South of the Brooklyn Bridge

Take the FDR Drive South (that’s the Franklin D Roosevelt Drive) in the direction of Battery Park, and loop around the tip of Manhattan.

Take exit #2/Brooklyn Br/Manhattan Civic Center toward Brooklyn Bridge. Cross the Bridge.

Go 0.5 mile: Continue on Adams Street, Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.

Go 0.3 mile: Turn right onto Joralemon Street.

Arrive at Joralemon Street

The trip is 2.5 miles.

How to Get to DUMBO (not Brooklyn Heights or Downtown Brooklyn) When Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

Non-drivers can easily miss this turn off, which is the first exit off the Brooklyn Bridge, on the right hand side. It’s often busy, because this is also the exit for drivers wishing to get on the Belt Parkway. So, here are the directions to DUMBO, once you’re driving across the Brooklyn Bridge:

Exit off the Brooklyn Bridge onto a right hand ramp. Take the right fork of this ramp, onto Cadman Plaza West toward I-278, which is also the Bklyn-Queens Expressway via the Belt Parkway.

Stay in the right hand lane as you loop around and head downhill; the Brooklyn Bridge looms into sight. Do not go left onto the highway access ramp.

On the right, you will see 1 Front Street, the new home of pizzeria Patsy Grimaldi’s.

To go to the heart of DUMBO, make a sharp right onto Front St.

For detailed directions, check your destination’s website.

DUMBO ACTIVITIES and UPCOMING EVENTS

Jane’s Carousel is a completely restored historic Carousel with 48 exquisitely carved horses, and 2 superb chariots. Jane’s Carousel is now open in Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, where it is magically set on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Carousel is housed in a spectacular Pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel. Jane’s Carousel will delight children, as well as visitors from around the world, for many generations to come. For more info: http://janescarousel.com/

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy runs a robust schedule of weekend family programs that feature such topics as recycling, boats, storytelling, masks and solar power. Their hands-on educational programs about the natural environment are geared to kids of all ages, from kindergarten through high school, and are used by public schools and summer camps. Tots will enjoy two great playgrounds with the world class views in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They can roll down grassy hills and hop along the walkways that go around in this park. Depending on when you visit, you might find: kayaking, sports and chess lessons in summer; Easter egg hunt for children in spring; sledding and snowman building in winter.

Top 10 Brunch Spots in DUMBO

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Top Sweet Spots in DUMBO

Brooklyn Cupcake
61 Pearl Street – The Shops at Front Street
VOTED “NEW YORK CITY’S BEST CUPCAKE BY “NEW YORK DAILY NEWS”
Brooklyn Cupcake offers over 20 gourmet flavors inspired by our Puerto Rican & Italian roots: Venetian Rainbow Cookie, Tiramisu, Flan, Coquito, Guava Con Queso, Dulce De Leche, Tres Leches. And, our staple flavors: Brooklyn Red Velvet, Chocolate Raspberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Oreo, Nutella, and seasonal flavors like: Bananas Foster, Key Lime, Morir Sonando (Orange Creamsicle).

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is located in a landmark fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry Pier. Every classic, artisan-style, ice cream treat is made at the highest level syrups, sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes and more.

Smorgasburg DUMBO – Sunday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine
Smorgaburg happens every Sunday in Brooklyn Bridge Park on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, featuring packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 75-80 vendors http://www.brooklynflea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Vendor-List-Sunday-April-21.pdf

BUST Magazine, Spring Craftacular & Food Fair – Saturday, May 4
11am-6pm, Archway and Pearl Street Triangle
Anticipated attendance: 2,500
http://www.bust.com/craftacular/craftacular-home.html

Five-Boro Bike Tour – Sunday, May 5
All day, rest station in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Anticipated attendance: 30,000
http://dumbonyc.com/2011/04/29/five-boro-bike-fest-sat-april-30/

BKLYN Designs – Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12
New York’s Annual Exhibition of designers of contemporary furnishing, lighting, and accessories made or designed in Brooklyn, all handpicked by a jury of editors from leading design and shelter magazines.
All day, St. Ann’s Warehouse and Jay Street
Anticipated attendance: 5,000
Email: dumbo@dumbonyc.org, if you’d like to get involved

NYRR: Brooklyn Half Marathon Pick-Up – Wednesday, May 15 – Friday, May 17
All day, Tobacco Warehouse
Anticipated attendance: 25,000
http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2013/brooklyn-half-marathon

Transportation Alternatives Bike to Work Party – Friday, May 17
6-10PM, Archway and Pearl Street Triangle
Anticipated attendance: 3,500
Check out the latest commuter bikes, apparel, accessories, pop-up shops and enjoy music, local food and beverage. Participate in live screen printing, a photo booth and the first-ever nighttime Reflective Fashion Show.
http://my.transalt.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=4800

Flea Food in the Archway: June – October, Thursdays/Fridays, Hours TBD.
Serving lunch and dinner under the historic Archway which runs under the Manhattan Bridge between Anchorage Place and Adams Street
Email: dumbo@dumbonyc.org, if you’d like to get involved

DUMBO Arts Fest – Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29
All day, neighborhood-wide
Anticipated attendance: 100,000
http://dumboartsfestival.com/

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