You’ve seen it on Instagram accounts from all around the world: a fashionably-dressed man or woman standing a top cobblestone with the beautiful, iron-clad Brooklyn Bridge looming in the not-so-far distance behind him or her.
If been seeing these photos for years, and have always wondered how I never gotten this view of the bridge before, despite the fact that I am in New York City on a regular basis. Well, last weekend, my prayers were finally answered when my sister and I took a trip across the water to Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Dumbo, Brooklyn is the neighborhood home to the cobblestone streets where pedestrians can look up and see the Brooklyn Bridge looming above them. Given this and the cluster of shops in the area, Dumbo, Brooklyn is a place to write home about.
Dumbo wasn’t given it’s goofy name for nothing: it stands for “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” So, yes, Dumbo is in fact smack dab under two bridges: the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
That being said, you can’t walk anywhere on the waterfront portion of the neighborhood without getting a view of an iconic bridge that seems close enough to touch. It’s really quite incredible (and oh-so Instagram-able).
Dumbo has definitely capitalized on its waterfront property and has built a couple different parks for visitors and residents to get more awe-inspiring views of Manhattan as seen from the outside.
Collectively, the parks are complete with nice benches, beverage and snack carts, sculptures and a carousel. This really helps the popular neighborhood maintain a very calm, peaceful and pleasant atmosphere most parts of Manhattan lack.
And what would a neighborhood truly be this popular if it didn’t have a couple different grub hubs for people to pick from?
My sister and I visited all three, but the high prices for such basic sweets really deterred us. I was really shocked at how small the cookies at One Girl are. I was expecting such a popular place to offer a cookie that might last more than one minute (they are almost bite-sized cookies).
All and all, going to Dumbo was literally a breath of fresh air–no thick city pollution here! To make matters even better, it didn’t even take that long on the subway; our subway ride from the Upper West Side was under 30 minutes.
But, even if it were over 30 minutes, spending time in Dumbo would have made it worth it.