DUMBO – Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass
I had to Google this odd acronym that refers not to a flying elephant, but rather to the historical and recently gentrified waterfront warehouse district of Brooklyn.
While in New York City recently to research all the city’s great places for kids, our family decided to take the train to Coney Island, with a quick stop first in DUMBO, Brooklyn. My original plan had us biking or walking over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, but as is often the case on our trips, I quickly realized that I needed to scale back our plans so as to avoid a full family revolt (it was pretty hot out). In the end, we took the train over (or should I say ‘under’), and enjoyed a nice stroll with great views, ate some yummy sweet treats, and even did a little shopping. We were so engaged by our sneak peak of Brooklyn, that we have decided to visit (and stay) in this borough next year. In our short stopover, however, here is what we saw.
An attractive space to get some shade under the Manhattan Bridge.
The famed Jacques Torres chocolate shop.
Some street art……or maybe just some graffiti.
The nicely curated Half Pint Citizens kids store.
As mentioned above, our short visit was enough to make me want to return to Brooklyn. On my list of must sees for next year will be a visit to Jane’s Carousel, the Pier 6 Playgrounds, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and about 50 restaurants. Stay tuned.
note: As you will notice by the photo below, my son at this point of the trip was no longer interested in cooperating for photos. My daughter, on the other hand, would quite happily sit through a 3 hour photo shoot.