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
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 developedBrooklyn 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.
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.