01/17/17 3:00pm

If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.

The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.

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04/18/16 2:47pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park Event Lineup 2016

Photo by Mary Hautman

It looks like spring has finally arrived and summer’s not too far around the corner — and what better way to celebrate the sunshine than to take advantage of the dozens of events happening at Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer.

Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy have announced their programming for the 2016 season, with events ranging from film screenings, musical performances, sports and exercise classes, art, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Check out the full schedule of events from the two organizations below. (more…)

03/22/16 8:21am
Dumbo, Brooklyn, in Tom Clancy's The Division

Everyone’s favorite selfie spot, mid-apocalypse. Via YouTube.

The third-person shooter video game Tom Clancy’s The Division was released on March 8, and it offers virtual tourists and Brooklyn residents alike a rare opportunity: to stroll around Dumbo armed to the teeth, in the middle of an apocalypse.

New York is in chaos in the wake of a devastating smallpox pandemic, and as a sleeper agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, your job is to restore to order. Fortunately for us, YouTube user River Frozenn took a break from the mission to give us a tour of the game’s impressive rendering of Dumbo. (more…)

02/09/16 2:57pm

Artists have long relied upon Dumbo’s timeless architecture, ethereal light, and melancholy atmosphere for inspiration and source material. It’s a secret that film and television artists have increasingly exploited. As recently as December, the makers of John Wick 2 were painting at least part of their dark tale on the Dumbo canvas. But film buffs know this is no new phenomenon; here are some famous films and television series that have set part of their stories in Dumbo.

Once Upon a Time in America

Still from Once Upon a Time in America via Brownstoner

Once Upon a Time in America
The distinctive view of Manhattan Bridge as seen from Washington Street serves as the official poster of Serge Leone’s masterwork about a Jewish gangster who returns to the hard luck streets from which he rose. The film is loaded with iconic Brooklyn locations. (more…)

01/11/16 4:35pm
Brooklyn Tourism Lampooned by Brookyln Cartoons

Courtesy of Brooklyn Cartoons

It’s a sight every Dumbonian is used to by now: dozens of tourists literally lining up in the middle of Washington Street to snap a shot of the Manhattan Bridge, perfectly framed between the buildings of Dumbo.

A recent cartoon by Brooklyn Cartoons recreates the iconic image, jammed with camera phone–toting tourists.

“Okay, we’ve seen Brooklyn,” one of them says. “What’s next?” You can almost see them rushing to head back to Manhattan, or to get in line at Grimaldi’s. (more…)