Sunday, October 7, 2012


One of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC is DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). DUMBO has spectacular views of the city including the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge. It's a combination of old warehouses, unique boutiques, restaurants and pricey condos and lofts. Various art galleries adorn the streets of this small neighborhood. 
The Manhattan bridge with the Empire state building in the background
A view of the Manhattan Bridge
The lush green Brooklyn bridge park is a perfect spot to spend an afternoon. You can wander around the pathways and gaze at the views of the Statue of Liberty, have a picnic, read a book or just enjoy the excellent city views and the fresh breeze along the East river.  During the summer there are plenty of food vendors, special concerts, kayaking off the piers and many other fun activities for all age groups.

Perfect spot for picnics
Manhattan Bridge
Another view of the Manhattan bridge

Sit along the river and enjoy the lovely views of the city
DUMBO is a kids friendly neighborhood. Apart from the lush green parks, there are plenty of   playgrounds for children. The play areas are well equipped with swings and is a hotspot in the evenings. 

Jane's Carousel created in 1922 is a spectacular addition to the neighborhood enjoyed by both kids and the adults. For $2 a ride it's a treat not to be missed. 

Jane's Carousel
In September the famous Dumbo Art's Festival features work of over 500 artists. This was my first year visiting the festival and I absolutely loved it. I was specially intrigued by the projects sponsored by the Children's Museum of Art. The projects were vibrant, creative and so much fun. Here are a few pictures I took. It was a day well spent admiring some talented artistis. 
Youngs minds at work!
Siddharth posing at one of the warehouses
One of the artistic creations near the river
Admiring the view 
In Brooklyn, there is no lack of good food options. There is always great pizza everywhere. Grimaldi's is a must eat pizza place if you can patiently endure the super long lines. Once inside, the pizza is a sure winner. It's spectacular!! Read my yelp review here.
Outside Grimaldi's Pizza 
Long lines at Grimaldi's Pizza
Delicious pizza!
Another recent favorite of ours is the Mexican place - Gran Electrica. Love their rad wall paper, cocktails and their delicious mexican tapas. Oh and don't forget to check out their romantic, outdoor seating area. It's a winner all the way!
Gran Electrica - DUMBO's new Tequira
Grand Electrica's cute wall paper
Outdoor seating
Tostado Jaiba
Setas Quesadilla 
Poblano Chile Tacos
To satisfy your sweet tooth, head straight to The Brooklyn Ice Cream factory. Their ice creams are delicious!

Another place famous amongst the tourists is the One Girl Cookies. They make all sorts of cookies, cupcakes, whoopie pies and deserts. What did i think about them? Read here!
One Girl Cookies 

Assortment of cookies and cakes 
Some other fun places to eat are: 
AlMar - cash only 
Bubby's - cash only

River cafe restaurant
Another Panoramic view of DUMBO

Many people come to DUMBO just to take photographs, for wedding pictures, special occasions and anniversaries. The New York City skyline provides a perfect background for any picture. Located just 648 ft from the Brooklyn bridge, this yuppy, artistic and creative neighborhood is becoming one of New York's most talked-about borough!! 
From the Brooklyn bridge


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anna | Today I like Blog said...

this area is amazing, I didn't know it was called DUMBO!!! thanks for a wonderfully long post ;-)

Ameena said...

I've always wanted to see DUMBO...thanks for the information and great pictures! I hope to make it out there when I'm in NYC for Thanksgiving!