It’s worth a visit to DUMBO on a sunny summer’s day, and not just because it’s at the other end of a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. This one-time industrial neighborhood now boasts Brooklyn Bridge Park and the most breathtaking views of the Lower Manhattan skyline you can find anywhere. All this and excellent food and shopping, too. So: Hit it up!
DUMBO is home to a vibrant mix of small, well-curated retail establishments. The west elm MARKET, a spin-off of the furniture chain, houses a laid-back coffee shop and an array of hard-to-resist, locally made products. For killer book recommendations for adults and kids, The POWERHOUSE Arena has a busy calendar of in-store readings and panels with popular writers. Finally, for men’s clothing and home goods, Modern Anthology is a great place to spend 20 minutes poking around.
If you’re looking for variety, head to DUMBO on a Sunday to check out the world-famous Brooklyn Flea Market, featuring 75 vendors of vintage, handmade, antique and food items.
As lines wrapping around the block can attest, the pizza at Grimaldi’s is the stuff of legends. Inside scoop: Rival Juliana’s doesn’t have the lines, but the pizza there is considered better by those in the know. For a more upscale dining experience, experience a meal at Vinegar Hill House, which has a beautiful garden in back. Finally, One Girl Cookies is a good stop for your afternoon coffee/whoopie pie-fix.
Finish your day in DUMBO by sipping a satisfying cocktail and nouveau-Mex bites in a picturesque outdoor garden at Gran Eléctrica. A few blocks away, Superfine is a spacious and inviting spot for a beer; and vino enthusiasts will find an impressive list of labels and a cozy atmosphere at Olympia Wine Bar.