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Things to do on Dumbo

Dumbo, a neighborhood whose name is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (no matter what Jerry Seinfeld tells you), is one of the most-visited spots in Brooklyn. It’s easy to see why. Just a couple of decades removed from an industrial past in which few people lived there and there was little reason to visit, it’s now a hotbed of dining, recreation and shopping with great views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Read on for 12 places to visit during a day in the area.

Jane’s Carousel

Jane’s Carousel is a nearly century-old ride that came to Dumbo in 2011.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

This 85-acre waterfront area had largely fallen into disuse for years after industry left, but it’s now been transformed into a park where residents and visitors get fresh air, play sports, enjoy skyline views.

The River Cafe

Think Tavern on The Green, but with food that’s actually good. That’s the situation at The River Cafe.


This is another big, waterfront restaurant where dressed-up people eat pasta while sitting on velvet chairs or, if they’re lucky, under a covered patio.

Brooklyn Flea

On Sundays from April through October, Brooklyn Flea sets up by the Manhattan Bridge Archway.

Vinegar Hill House

You come for the pasta, the chicken liver mousse, and maybe the best pork chop you’ll ever have.