Check Out Dumbo’s Art Scene and Galleries After Hours at First Thursdays

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.

In months past, galleries involved in the walk have spanned a variety of tastes and media. For photography lovers, there’s United Photo Industries and Janet Borden Inc. MINUS Space is the spot for abstract art, and for a little bit of everything, there’s Usagi NY.

Dumbo isn’t the only neighborhood or city to have such an event: Thursday art walks have spread across the U.S. in the last decade or so.

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Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk, now more than a decade old, is organized by Art in Dumbo, an organization that supports the visual arts in the neighborhood, and the Dumbo BID.

You can click here for a nifty little map that shows some of the area’s galleries.

For more information on upcoming First Thursdays, visit Art in Dumbo on Facebook.