DUMBO & Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York, New York Guide (A): DUMBO & Brooklyn Bridge Park

Take a stroll through one of Brooklyn’s chicest neighborhoods, DUMBO (meaning Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and newest waterfront park area, Brooklyn Bridge Park, while discovering great shops, restaurants and local venues. End your walk at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway.
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Walk Route

Guide Name: DUMBO & Brooklyn Bridge Park
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Halcyon   Bubby's Pie Company, Brooklyn   Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street Lot/Empire Ferry Fulton Park   Galapagos Art Space   Jacques Torres Chocolate   St. Ann's Warehouse   River Cafe   Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1   Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory   Fulton Ferry Landing   Grimaldi's Pizzeria   Brooklyn Bridge (Pedestrian Walkway)  
Author: Terri Davis-Merchant
Author Bio: Terri Davis-Merchant is the author of “Try Anything Once,” a food and travel blog discussing local and international cuisine, restaurants and travel. While not writing about her experiences in Brooklyn and abroad, she is often cooking new recipes and cheering on New York’s sports teams. She resides in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn with her husband.

1) Halcyon

Opened in 2004, Halcyon is a DJ or serious music lover’s paradise. Come here to find rare music finds in a funky, fun environment. The staff is very helpful and can provide great suggestions to fit your musical taste, and they do have a section for vinyl records (remember those?). The store also sells furniture and other décor elements in case you’re hoping to take your home furnishings to a new level. When you have a chance check out halcyononline.com, the store’s online community for...
Bubby's Pie Company, Brooklyn

2) Bubby's Pie Company, Brooklyn

Stop in this American comfort food restaurant for a selection of desserts (especially the pies!) and nice brunch options. If you want a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge, try to sit upstairs if it’s open. Also if you are interested in having a meal, definitely call ahead. Bubby’s is a popular place to hold weddings and other events. Can you blame people for wanting to come here? Look at that view! There is also a branch of Bubby’s in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Hours: Monday -...
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street Lot/Empire Ferry Fulton Park

3) Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street Lot/Empire Ferry Fulton Park

One thing you should know is that Brooklyn Bridge Park is expansive. At the end of final construction of the park, the New York City Park’s Department hopes that the park will stretch from DUMBO to the southern edge of Brooklyn Heights at the Pier 6 portion of the park, which is currently open. In this part of the park go sit on the stone steps and relish the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the makeshift gravel beach. This is one of the best places for a picture as well as Fulton Ferry...
Galapagos Art Space

4) Galapagos Art Space

Artists were some of the first residents in DUMBO, so it is no surprise that DUMBO has several artistic venues in the neighborhood. Having moved from the Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood, the Galapagos Art Space is a performance space and bar providing a venue for avant-garde artists. Come here for independent film, dance and performance art. Galapagos also serves as a community bar offering trivia nights and variety shows. Even if its daytime, stop in. The folks who work there tend to be...
Jacques Torres Chocolate

5) Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres is a renowned pastry chef and chocolatier, who decided to go out on a limb and begin his chocolate empire here in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Jacques Torres began his work in pastry arts in France and moved to the United States in 1988 to be the Corporate Pastry Chef for the Ritz Carlton Hotel group. Later Mr. Torres started working in the world-famous Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan where he dazzled diners with his confections for many years. Finally in 2000, Mr. Torres opened up his own...
St. Ann's Warehouse

6) St. Ann's Warehouse

Like the Galapagos Art Space, St. Ann’s Warehouse is a theater and concert space that has been open in the DUMBO area for thirty years. The theater specializes in innovative performances. The theater encourages playwrights and performers to take their shows to the next level. The New York Times has stated that the productions there are “tough, raw, emotion-provoking material…” Recent performances have included a modern adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red...
River Cafe

7) River Cafe

River Café is considered one of the best fine dining establishments in New York City. With its tasty menu featuring modern American cuisine and its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, it is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. The restaurant offers tasty gourmet brunches and special dinners on major holidays such as Thanksgiving. River Café is also known for its excellent wine cellar and selection of wines. Gentlemen, you should know that jackets are required after 5pm each day...
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

8) Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park recently opened in March 2010. There is a small children’s playground, areas for picnicking and lounging around in the grass as well as more than enough benches to sit and watch the East River, the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. In the summer time, be on the look out for great events like Movies with a View, a series of free outdoor movie screenings in July and August. There are food vendors including a cart from Calexico, a wonderful local...
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

9) Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory prides itself on its use of all natural ingredients and the fact that it makes ice cream the old-fashioned way. All of the ice cream is made locally making it truly a Brooklyn institution. This won’t taste like mass-produced ice cream, but it will taste like what Mom used to make at home: fresh and delicious. My personal favorite flavors are the peach, when it's in season, and gold ol' vanilla. I hear that you can't go wrong with the chocolate...
Fulton Ferry Landing

10) Fulton Ferry Landing

Why is this part of the Brooklyn waterfront called Fulton Ferry Landing? Until the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, New Yorkers living in Brooklyn needed to take a ferry across the East River to get to Manhattan. Brooklynites took the Fulton Ferry from the spot you are standing on right now. Robert Fulton established the Fulton Ferry Company in 1814 with steamboat ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. After the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, ferry service became almost...
Grimaldi's Pizzeria

11) Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is a local pizza making institution here in New York City. Grimaldi’s uses the old techniques of coal oven baking that give its pizza a distinct flavor. It’s often cited by some as some of the best pizza in New York City. As with anything that is so good, you must be prepared to wait for it. There is almost ALWAYS a line snaking outside the door and down the street for seating. Diners have been known to wait well over an hour and a half to get a table. There are no...
Brooklyn Bridge (Pedestrian Walkway)

12) Brooklyn Bridge (Pedestrian Walkway)

Enter here for the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian Walkway. Designed by architect, John Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Roebling almost didn't get to see the bridge completed due to him suffering several debilitating injuries. Luckily, his son and daughter-in-law stepped in as the supervising architects and eventually presided over the construction and completion of the bridge. At one point, the bridge used to...

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