06/12/15 3:40pm

DUMBO is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Brooklyn and has a little something for everyone. We’ve selected some of the best business in DUMBO to get you started. Once you’ve checked these off your list,  come back to read about some of other top picks to visit after you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Have fun and enjoy the neighborhood!


For those famous Manhattan skyline views, head straight to the waterfront. The newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park offers green space with spectacular views. The park is still under construction, but it’s already a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s amenities include a boathouse, Jane’s Carousel, athletic fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and dog runs.


river-cafe-dumbo-brooklyn The amazing views from River Cafe | via Facebook

River Cafe
The waterfront restaurant opened in Dumbo in the 70s, long before the neighborhood experienced its renaissance. It quickly became a destination for its romantic setting and phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Its menu is eclectic, with American and international dishes that highlight fresh ingredients. The restaurant is upscale and expensive, but a perfect pick for a special occasion.


05/28/15 5:48pm
OY/YO by Deborak Kass in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Whether you’re a visitor to New York or a native, everyone has one big item on their to-do checklist: walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge itself is beautiful, the views of the East River and the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines are breathtaking, and you’ll be getting some fresh air and exercise.

OK, so you’ve walked across the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Now what?

We hope you’re not thinking of just turning around to trek back to Manhattan, or heading straight for the subway. You’ve reached Brooklyn! This is where it’s all happening!

Instead, take the first Brooklyn exit off the bridge and spend a few hours in Dumbo, one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant and scenic neighborhoods. Check out the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park, eat some world-famous Brooklyn pizza, shop in upscale boutiques…you may not want to go back to Manhattan!

Read on for how to get where you want to go, and what to do with your day in Brooklyn. (more…)

06/27/13 9:57am

The pop-up pool at Pier 2 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park is reopening for the summer starting today (June 27, 2013). The 30’ by 50’, 3.5 feet deep pool will be open for the second year from 10 am to 6 pm seven days a week through Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2013) and is free to enter. The day is divided into 45-minute swim sessions that begin every hour, on the hour, with a maximum capacity of 60 people per session. The pool area has its own faux sandy beach overlooking lower Manhattan, and is a great way to cool off while taking part in the many activities at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The area immediately surrounding the pool, which will be serviced by a new concessionaire, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, is bordered by the sandy beach with lounge chairs, picnic tables, and umbrellas where visitors can rest, enjoy snacks, or soak up the sun from 10 am to 11 pm.

Lizzmonade Brooklyn serves fresh, artisanal lemonades that are made to order, and will also offer light, pool-side fare for children and adults. After 6 pm, the lemonades will lend themselves to fresh sangrias, locals craft beers will be on tap, and activities such as trivia and bocce ball will be hosted on-site.

Pop-up Pool, Lizzmonade Brooklyn, Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Full Directions
(via Subway – closest is A/C to High Street, then F at York Street or 2/3 at Clark Street)

01/16/13 12:58pm

As President Obama calls for action on guns today, mothers, fathers, children and concerned citizens will join the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Chapters of One Million Moms For Gun Control (@1MM4GC) in a symbolic march across the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by a rally in City Hall Park, to call for new gun control legislation and a sensible interpretation of the Second Amendment, on Monday, January 21, 2013. The event will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the corner of Middagh Street and Cadman Plaza West with brief remarks and a moment of silence led by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. At 9:35 a.m. the march will begin across the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway and end at City Hall. The rally on the steps of City Hall will run from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHEN: January 21, 2013

  • 9:15 a.m. – Group gathers at Cadman Plaza
  • 9:20 a.m. – Moment of Silence
  • 9:35 a.m. – March across Brooklyn Bridge begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – Rally in City Hall Park
  • 11:30 a.m. – Event ends

WHERE: Rally Begins at corner of Middagh and Cadman Plaza West (Brooklyn Heights)
Proceeds across Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
Ends at City Hall Steps

10/23/12 5:46pm

smokestack shack, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge park has requested proposals for the creation and operation of Park concessions, including restaurant, food carts, and a marina at Pier 6 and for the Smokestack building. From the Brooklyn Bridge Park:

The Smokestack Building is prominently located at the intersection of Water Street and Old Fulton Street, adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. Situated between Pier 1 and the Empire Fulton Ferry sections of the Park, the site has great visibility from Old Fulton Street and sits in a highly trafficked pedestrian thoroughfare. Empire Fulton Ferry features spectacular views of the harbor and is the location of the historic Tobacco Warehouse and Jane’s Carousel. Located at the foot of Old Fulton Street, Fulton Ferry Landing is one of Brooklyn’s most historic sites and a popular tourist destination. Pier 1 to the south is the largest of the park’s piers and the location of many of the park’s special events and programming. In the future, BBP plans to reconstruct the area beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and offer additional amenities to the public which will further increase pedestrian traffic to the area.

The smokestack could be a great place for something like Shake Shack or a seafood shack, no? What else would you want to see there?

Information Session & Site Tour November 7, 2012
Submissions Due December 3, 2012

(via Brownstoner)