DUMBO is a small Brooklyn neighborhood that lies at the cusp of Brooklyn and Manhattan. This location gives DUMBO its name, which is an acronym for ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,’ and deems it a great spot to view the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. DUMBO also has a vibrant art scene and mouth-watering cuisine. We bring you a list of the 10 best things that DUMBO and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Whether you are looking for a patch of green to lie on or a scenic view, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place to relax. This park features a variety of piers where visitors can overlook the water and of course, the Brooklyn Bridge. Once a week during the summer, park-goers can try the tasty foods served at Smorgasburg, an incredible outdoor food market that takes place in different locations throughout Brooklyn. There are sometimes movie showings in the summers, and the park is known to feature unique art installations. This park is a fixture of Brooklyn and a must-visit.
Just outside of DUMBO’s border, The River Café is a fine dining spot with a great view. This restaurant was opened by Michael Buzzy O’Keefe in 1977, when the surrounding area was a forgotten neighborhood. The River Café gained immediate success and continues to attract crowds to this day. This restaurant boasts fine wines and food made with the freshest ingredients available. The River Café scenically overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge, so you can watch the boats sail by as you enjoy an incredible meal and excellent service.
The groundbreaking art of DUMBO isn’t only found in galleries. If the installations in Brooklyn Bridge Park have you craving more outdoor art, you’re in luck. Unique street art adorns many outdoor walls in DUMBO. If you’re searching for the most awe-inspiring street art, you’ll want to take a look at the murals under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, or the BQE. There you will find DUMBO Walls, a series of eight outdoor murals packed within a four-block stretch of DUMBO.