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Guide to Dumbo in Brooklyn

The small, scenic waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO got its name because it lies “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” in Brooklyn, New York. Here are some great things to do in this trendy neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bridge Park and ferry terminal

One of the city’s newest public areas, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is still expanding, taking over a succession of disused commercial piers along the East River adjacent to DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. As well as being beautifully landscaped, with a cycle lane, picnic-friendly hills and meadows, natural amphitheaters, and postcard-worthy views of downtown Manhattan ­– particularly stunning around sunset – it’s one of the main stops for the East River Ferry, which travels between Manhattan and several other stops in Brooklyn, including Williamsburg.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, New York

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The Powerhouse Arena

Home to the iconic art-book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a loft-like, multipurpose space dedicated to art and writing, which includes a gallery, boutique, bookstore, and performance and events space, with seating provided on church pews.

The Powerhouse Arena

37 Main Street, New York

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Vinegar Hill House

One of the neighborhood’s off-the-beaten-track secrets, Vinegar Hill House is a beautifully decorated, rustic restaurant with an atmospheric back garden, offering seasonal new-American fare.

Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Avenue, New York

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Pedro’s

No frills, cheerful, and just off the York Street “F” train stop from Manhattan, this cozy Mexican-Dominican joint in a graffiti-decked former commercial building cranks out great-value happy-hour margaritas alongside classic tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.

Pedro’s

73 Jay Street, New York

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On multiple locations.

St. Ann’s Warehouse

Situated in a former tobacco warehouse, this live performance space is a DUMBO institution and played a key role in the area’s revitalization. For the past 34 years it has commissioned, produced, and presented a series of performances and events that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll, showcasing stars such as Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, and John Cale, and innovative theatrical shows like Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Julius Caesar.

St. Ann’s Warehouse

45 Water Street, New York

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Brooklyn Roasting Company

Fans of the bean will not be disappointed here. Located in a huge industrial space close to the water in DUMBO, the site combines a laid-back café and the full complement of barista services with its sustainable, fair-trade coffee-roasting operations.

Brooklyn Roasting Company

25 Jay Street, New York

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Jane’s Carousel

This quirky and beautiful new addition to the waterfront promenade was originally built for an Ohio amusement park in 1922, and it features 48 exquisitely carved horses and two chariots. Developers David and Jane Walentas bought it in the 1980s, and Jane painstakingly restored it by hand to its former glory in her DUMBO studio. Sheltered inside a glass pavilion designed by Jean Nouvel and lit up at night like a beacon, it is now back in operation.

Jane’s Carousel

Dock St, Brooklyn, New York

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Rides are $2 for adults.

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Last edited: August 1, 2017

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