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Dumbo

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Brooklyn, New York, 11201

The Basics

Once a nondescript ferry landing and industrial manufacturing area, Dumbo underwent a striking renovation in the latter half of the 20th century. It also changed monikers: Formerly known as Gairville, the neighborhood was redubbed Dumbo—short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass—in the 1970s. Now home to art galleries, tech companies, and top-notch bars and restaurants, Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most expensive and in-demand areas. Its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park also makes it a popular tourist destination.

Dumbo features on dozens of New York itineraries, many of which pair Brooklyn Bridge walks with neighborhood explorations. Other tours focus on the area’s destination-worthy food scene, while biking tours offer a speedy way to sightsee.

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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
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$170.00 per adult
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What a experience. We now have a much greater appreciation for the area. Well worth the time and $$$
jpaul1883, Dec 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • One of Dumbo’s most photographed corridors is Washington Street, which perfectly frames the view of the Brooklyn Bridge between two buildings.

  • The Brooklyn Flea is a popular vintage, craft, and food market, and it’s held in Dumbo’s Manhattan Bridge Archway on Sundays from April to October.

  • Jane’s Carousel, located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a beautifully carved merry-go-round that dates to 1922—and it only costs a couple bucks to ride.

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How to Get There

If you’re a Brooklyn first-timer, never fear: Dumbo is just minutes away from Lower Manhattan if you travel by subway. Take the A or C line to High Street–Brooklyn Bridge station or the F train to York Street station. The area can also be reached by ferry, bus, and water taxi, or on foot, by car, or by bike.

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When to Get There

Dumbo is appealing throughout the year, but the neighborhood has so many open-air attractions that it’s best to go when the weather is fine. In the summer months, Brooklyn Bridge Park plays host to Movies with a View, a weekly open-air film series that makes the New York skyline its backdrop.

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Must-Eat Locations

One of Dumbo’s culinary highlights is Grimaldi’s: a traditional coal-burning brick-oven pizzeria and a Brooklyn icon. After stopping to enjoy a whole pie, you can also drop by Jacques Torres for chocolate, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a sweet treat, and the Brooklyn Roasting Co. for a perfectly pulled espresso.

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