By Fariha Afrin ’17
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass lies one of Brooklyn’s well known alluring neighborhoods known as DUMBO. The area thrives with art studios, luxury residences, and fine eateries, as well as designer boutiques. Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the reasons this area is as popular as it is today.
The park is accessible through land and water. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge lands you in the heart of the neighborhood. Citi Bikes offer kiosks throughout the neighborhood allowing easier transportation from one end of the bridge to the other. Subway options include the 2, 3, A, C ,and F trains, all a short distance from the park. But the most enjoyable way of arriving has to be a trip on the East River Ferry, a five minute ride from Pier 11 in Manhattan.
To catch a magnificent view of lower Manhattan, Pier 1 offers an open area to enjoy the scenic panoramic of the New York City skyline. It is also the largest pier with a promenade and granite seating to view the waters.
Pier 5 offers a variety of sports fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and Frisbee. Nearby, Pier 2 has a roller
skating rink, a basketball and handball court, and kayaking sessions.
Pier 6 also offers a swinging, sliding, splashing and other child-friendly stations.
Dining options in Dumbo are unlimited, ranging from the famous Grimaldi’s pizzeria to a quick stop for ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Hectic lines at Grimaldi’s may be too much for guests, however, which is why Juliana’s, another pizza joint opened by the owner of Grimaldi’s, offers a less frenzied and rather expensive atmosphere along with shorter lines. Prices at Grimaldi’s are affordable and the pizza is totally worth the cost. Personal pizzas cost $9, a small pizza costs $14 and a large costs $16. Toppings range from $2-4 with about 25 options including anchovies, pepperoni, meatballs, kalamata olives and mushrooms.
If you’re experiencing a sweet tooth, stop by Jacques Torres, a chocolate factory opened by Torres himself. Options include hot chocolate, ice cream sandwiches, and handmade chocolate treats. Prices are affordable starting at $3 per cookie with ranges in chocolate prices. The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is known for its indulgent ice cream ranging in flavors including chocolate chunk, peaches and cream and butter pecan. One scoop will cost you $4, two for $6 and three for $7 in one of three types of a cones or a cup.
Clothing stores vary from high-end designer boutiques such as Zoë to more affordable styles at Trunk.
PowerHouse Arena, a spacious bookstore, offers general-interest books and a children’s books along with P.S Bookshop which focuses more on art and design titles.
For only a small price of $2 you can relive your childhood on a classic spin on Jane’s Carousel, a 1922 merry-go-round moved from its original location in Ohio. Schedules are currently running on winter hours from September 20, 2015 to May 8, 2016. It’s open from Friday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
No matter where you end up in DUMBO, you’re bound to come across a place to eat, shop, or just enjoy yourself.