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DUMBO’s top five - experience New York differently

19 September 2017

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We wanted to give you an insight into a popular little section of Brooklyn called DUMBO. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Originally built as a manufacturing district, this area is now one of the hottest places to reside in New York city, with the large spaces now converted into loft style luxury properties, art studios and technology companies. A welcome little escape from the buzz of central New York, the neighborhood feel of DUMBO is quite unique from Manhattan due to the stunning views, architecture, restaurants, cobbled streets and art. You don’t have to wander far to see some of the amazing graffiti art that splashes the walls and doors with colourful vibrancy.

Getting there is easy, of course you can catch a cab, but you can also walk over the Brooklyn bridge from Manhattan, jump on the East River Ferry from downtown Manhattan or take the Subway. The F train will get you there, just jump off at York Street, or the AC train stopping at High Street.

To save you doing the research, we’ve picked out our five top spots for you that are a must visit while in DUMBO…

  1. For comfort food you can’t go past a burger and fries at the Shake Shack. These guys started out as a roadside burger stand in Madison Square Park and are now a fully fledged international burger chain (lets hope they come to NZ soon!). But still offering the same experience, tastes and quality as they started out with back in 2001.
  2. Kiwi’s love a good coffee and you’ll find one at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO – try the chocolate whoopie for that sweet treat to get you through the morning.
  3. You’ve got to stop in at the Front General Store, a vintage store stocked full of unique items that would be wonderful to bring home as a souvenir, you’ll pick up hats, scarves, jackets, candles, jewellery, glassware, blankets and much more.
  4. You haven’t really tasted pizza until you’ve had a classic American pizza, and you’ll find the best at Juliana’s. You may have to wait to get in, but trust us it’s worth the wait.
  5. If you happen to be in DUMBO on a Sunday and you’re walking through the Manhattan bridge archway you’ll come across Brooklyn Flea Market, featuring 80 vendors and open April through October from 10am – 6pm. The Flea in DUMBO is part vintage bazaar, part old-fashioned town square, and part food bonanza.
Live like a local and immerse yourself in daily DUMBO life!

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