60 Water Street, a new rental building in Dumbo, has a location that’s hard to beat. It’s a block away from the river and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from neighborhood landmarks such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, Grimaldi’s, and Jacques Torres. And with the views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop garden, you might wonder why residents of 60 Water would leave to go anywhere else.
Fortunately, whether you’re heading off to work or just having a weekend adventure, Dumbo offers a lot more ways to get there than by driving or taking the subway. Thanks to Dumbo’s riverside location between two of Brooklyn’s most iconic bridges, residents of the neighborhood can easily walk, bike, or even take the ferry to their destination.
Read on for the many ways you can spice up your commute.
Navy Green is a new development in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Taking up almost the entire block where the Navy Brig once stood — bounded by Park, Clermont, Flushing and Vanderbilt Avenues — Navy Green is a village of townhomes and condos surrounding a 30,000-square-foot common green. Residents of this development will be able to enjoy this quiet neighborhood’s many charms, including the restaurants, bars and shops of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the nearby Brooklyn Greenway, Navy Yard attractions, and even a brand-new Wegmans supermarket.
The neighborhood adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard — sometimes referred to as Wallabout, sometimes as extensions of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — was once described by the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program as an “outdoor architectural museum.” Belgians settled in the area as early as 1624, but Wallabout (from the Dutch Waal-bogt, meaning “a bend in the harbor”) remained largely rural until the opening of the Navy Yard in 1801. Many of the houses in the neighborhood were built for the people who worked at the yard, which was shut down in 1966 and gradually converted into the center for industry and the arts it is today.
Following are some of the best attractions in the neighborhood around Navy Green.
Jacques Torres is not only a master chocolatier, he’s a Brooklyn pioneer. Torres, who had worked as the pastry chef at the renowned Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque, decided to make it on his own in Brooklyn. He set up shop here in Dumbo way back in 2000, then a fledgling neighborhood that didn’t seem like the obvious choice for a chocolate factory.
Torres and his business partner built the factory by hand and from scratch, working right up until opening day. Torres’ goal was to make hand-crafted, premium chocolates without preservatives, additives, extracts, oils or essences. His bon-bons, hot chocolate, chocolate-covered snacks, and chocolate bars became popular quickly, and by 2004 Torres was ready to expand into Manhattan.
The 300 car capacity parking garage at 60 Water Street (aka 37 Front Street, which replaced the now demolished 21 Front Street garage, and the Nova Clutch building before that) is now open. The additional parking spaces give drivers and residents with another parking option in Dumbo, which has seen parking lots close over the years. With the increase of tourists and businesses in the area, additional parking space alleviates cars that circle around the blocks looking for limited street parking. We spoke with a few garage attendants in the area who tell us that “a lot of existing monthly accounts have moved to 60 Water Street”, even with the higher prices, because 60 Water is a park and lock (self park) garage.
Here’s a list of the indoor parking garages in Dumbo (The advertised monthly rates for comparison):
60 Water Street (aka 37 Front Street) – 300 car capacity, monthly rate $407.71
85 Adams Street – 52 car capacity, monthly rate $362.40 (718-596-4137)
100 Jay Street (between York and Front Streets) – 424 car capacity, monthly rate (inquire)
55 Washington Street – 120 car capacity, monthly rate $362.40, enter on Adams Street, between Front and Water Streets
50 Washington Street (aka 45 Main Street, 718-222-0500) – 150 car capacity, monthly rate $385.05, enter on Main Street, 718-246-9201between Front and Water Streets
20 Jay Street (between Plymouth and John Streets, 718-254-9141) – 120 car capacity, monthly rate $339.75