Welcome back! The weather has been absolutely crazy in New York this past week, we started the week off with freezing temperatures and snow! Thursday was like an early summer’s day it was amazing! If you know me then you know that I absolutely hate the cold and love the summer! This is the first of a new series on my blog and it is going to be guides of different areas of New York. First on the list.. Dumbo!
For those of you who don’t know what Dumbo is, it’s an area in downtown Brooklyn that gives you THE BEST views of downtown Manhattan! The views from here are out of this world, I went there for the first time two years ago and I am still in awe with the beauty of it! The area itself has a very young, cool, artistic vibe to it, it is extremely laid back and the perfect place to go for a walk to clear your head!
Dumbo is easily accessible by the A, C and F subway lines from Manhattan or Brooklyn.
I would recommend coming here just before sunset, so then when the sun sets you can watch it go down behind the Statue of Liberty and watch the lights of the city begin to come to life.
When in Dumbo you have to check out the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, it has the best ice cream in the five boroughs and it’s the closest thing to the delicious Irish ice cream you’ll find in this sugar filled country! Another place you have to check out while in New York in general is Shake Shack and lucky for you there is one over looking the pier in Dumbo. Shake Shack has some of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Juliana’s Pizza is a must in Dumbo, I have never been but they are known worldwide for having some of the best pizza. Make sure you’re not too hungry though as whenever I have passed there has always been a big queue waiting. Ignazio’s is a pizza place I have tried, it is such a cool restaurant as you are literally sitting under the Brooklyn Bridge while having your dinner, what could be better! My cousin Ger took me here (shout out to Gigi!!) and she said it was one of the best pizza’s she has ever had.. and she is from New York so you know it has to be good!
While you’re down here you also have the opportunity to hop on the East river ferry, which takes you up to Midtown and back down again! Perfect if you wanted to jump on at Dumbo and head to Long Island city and it’s only $4 for a single trip on a weekday. You also get beautiful views of Midtown Manhattan and Queens, note to anyone who is thinking of going on the ferry.. do not wear a skirt as it can be very windy.. I learnt the hard way lol!
There is also the option of kayacking up the East River, a free activity for the sporty sorts out there!
The “Key Hole” photograph is famous as it features the Empire State Building through the Manhattan bridge, this is one of the coolest pictures you will get in my opinion and definitely worth the trip to Dumbo to see it!
The pictures below were taken in two different seasons, as you can tell but the breathtaking views of this wonderful part of New York never cease to awaken the feeling I felt when I first visited this city.
I really hope you enjoyed this little guide to Dumbo, please comment and let me know what you would like to see more of!