DUMBO NYC Travel Guide From a Local

DUMBO NYC Travel Guide From a Local

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I’m Jen with The Travel Women and today we’re exploring one of my favorite areas in Brooklyn and New York City: DUMBO. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. If you walk across the Manhattan Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge this is where you end up in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It is one of the top places which used to be completely industrial about ten years ago when I visited my friend who lived here and grew up here. It was so different and there were no tourists… now it is a not so hidden gem but still definitely worth the visit and one of the top places to take photos is right behind me of the Manhattan Bridge. You have to come here and check out my top picks for what to see and do in Dumbo but first how do you get to Dumbo other than walking across the Brooklyn Bridge? There are three train lines to get to Dumbo Brooklyn you can take the F train to York or take the A or C train to High Street or the two or three to Clark Street. The East River Ferry also connects Manhattan and Dumbo. One of the best spots for photos is right here at Plymouth in Washington. This intersection is where a ton of people are actually lining up for photos so my best advice is to come here early and to take a couple steps back go do it a block or two locks down so you don’t have to wait in line for a photo of the Empire State Building framed within the Manhattan Bridge. One of my favorite spots in Dumbo is jane’s carousel restored by Jane Wharton and her husband who were the main developers who really revitalized this whole entire area. This carousel was from 1922 in Ohio and just completely restored. Come take a ride! Opened in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge is the longest bridge in the whole world, it is now one of the top tourist attractions, for good reason, I highly recommend walking across the bridge at sunrise and very early is the best for photos but once you arrive here in Dumbo you can continue doing the rest of these things on my list. Number four Pebble Beach. Main Street Park has some of the best photo opportunities of the bridges and the Manhattan skyline and includes Pebble Beach, dip your toes into the East River if you dare – note it is illegal to swim in it not that you would want to or instead just walk along the rocks and enjoy the views. Number five Yes wall there are some gorgeous murals and street art in Dumbo for one of my favorites is the pair of yes walls right next to the f-train’s York subway stop are two walls that say yes: one in black and white and another written in a pink octopus style. Number six rock climb under the Manhattan Bridge. Rock climb at the cliffs at Dumbo in New York City’s first outdoor climbing gym located in Brooklyn Bridge Park since it is an outdoor bouldering gym it is only open seasonally during warm weather, check their website to see when they’re open. Number seven Juliana’s many have heard of Grimaldi’s but the original Grimaldi’s name was actually sold and patsy Grimaldi opened the new Juliana’s pizza just next door which ranks higher in reviews than Grimaldi’s there is even a shorter line in front of Juliana’s if you still cannot wait, then skip the line by ordering takeaway which you can enjoy in the park. Number eight One Girl Cookies. If you need a break go to One Girl Cookies the coffee and cookies are delicious and super photogenic. Number nine Almondine Bakery: this new French bakery serves one of my favorite chocolate mousse cakes I’ve ever tasted, it is heavenly! Number ten Dumbo sign: this is a new flashy sign that changes colors with social media hashtags and even doubles as a binary clock. If you have a question you can also ask the sign on twitter by using the hashtag: #Dumbomagic to see a magic 8-ball answer via a colored code number 11 Empire stores rooftop located at 55 Water Street: this former 1860s warehouse was recently restored to include vibrant stores offices and restaurants one of the best views that not too many people know about – so don’t tell – is the rooftop on top of the Empire stores. Number 12 Brooklyn Historical Society history buffs will enjoy learning about Brooklyn’s 400 year history at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It now has two locations one in 55 Water Street and the other in the historic 128 Pierrepont street. Number 13 J Street connecting railroad while walking near the Brooklyn Bridge you might notice the remains of the J Street connecting railroad or JSC for short which was closed in 1958. It was built by the original coffee kings the Arbuckle brothers. I’m Jen with The Travel Women, thank you so much for watching my top picks in Dumbo Brooklyn if you enjoyed this video don’t forget to give it a thumbs up click the subscribe and bell button so you don’t miss any future videos and don’t forget to watch other videos in New York City while you’re here. As always say yes to new adventures and I’ll see you next time bye!

51 thoughts on “DUMBO NYC Travel Guide From a Local

  • MEOWOJ Post author

    As always, a wonderful movie. Regards.

  • Jennifer O'Brien Post author

    Loved making this guide to DUMBO, like my Guide to SOHO video, should I do another neighborhood guide, which neighborhood? Downton Manhattan or UES or UWS or Williamsburg? Thanks for subscribing and engaging with my videos!

  • Gerardo Ku Post author

    Hermosa como siempre… me encantas mucho

  • The Villa Family Vlogs Post author

    Awesome video. ~ Robert

  • Deborah O’Brien Post author

    Great video! Loved it. DUMBO looks amazing. I look forward to exploring it very soon and will check out the 13 things to do that you highlighted in your video. You are very talented and I always enjoy watching your videos. Keep up the great work.

  • Gerardo Ku Post author

    excellent video as always, I love … I was glad that you were careful with those stones and that they would have hurt you. excellent day and blessings. regards

  • SofaSpy Post author

    Since You're in DUMBO, Your next video could be on Downtown Brooklyn or Brooklyn bridge heights/park, good video tho

  • Manny Explores Post author

    Great video about DUMBO, been there a few times and love the neighborhood

  • thegeneral123 Post author

    Me love 😍 cookies 🥠!

  • Ricardo Rodríguez Post author

    At what time do you recommend go to the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo for pictures?

  • Daniel Post author

    Great vid I’ll be there next month

    Keep the vids coming 😊

    Much appreciated

  • Scott Edson Post author

    Nice. Haven't been over there in a long time. Yeah, skip the line at Grimaldi's. They had a little problem with the Health Department anyway. Too bad One Manhattan Square is overshadowing the bridge now. It's really obvious from Governor's Island. Have you been over there yet?

  • Priyant Pratap Post author

    Heading there in October. This was perfect. Thank you!!

  • Ducky Darkstar Post author

    This neighborhood as with most Bk is totally fucked and no locals don't go there, only annoying rich hispters that take drugs go there and lesbian couples with asian adopted babies. Do a video on east NY so i can drop a heavy Ass can of tomatoe soup on your head from my roof

  • Jessica Hirsch Post author

    ohh love that area for photos!

  • Camilla Toomey Post author

    Do a video on queens ♥️

  • Local Adventurer Post author

    awesome! gotta explore a couple of these spots that we've missed!

  • Adit Lal Post author

    Great channel – interesting perspectives

  • Rob Buglass Post author

    Great content , thanks . Keep going .

  • barber johnnyy Post author

    I was just there, beautiful spot. My friend was like, maybe I can work for west elm headquarters , lol.

  • Kara Gregory Post author

    nice photo bomb 1:44

  • Alexa Maldonado Post author

    The first time I visited NYC I got to explore DUMBO! I thought it was so cute 😄 Thanks for the extra tips!

  • DaGreatest786 Post author

    YESSS. This video is GOLD. Thank you Jennifer O brien. Loved how you put on things that normally arent mentioned and you went into enough detail. As a tourist, the details really help us out a lotttt

  • Joey Hernandez Post author

    Are you related to dumbo? Youve got them big ears

  • Sure Win Post author

    Great video, I am visiting NYC for the first time. Your video been helpful. I am putting up in Flushing. How do I get to Dumbo?

  • Julian Ramirez Post author

    I'm taking a 3 week trip for xmas/new years! I've been watching a lot of your and Sarah Funk's videos. Thanks for all the helpful tips! Especially the pizza ones! lol

  • Victor Yanson Post author


    Now that jay-z line makes sense

  • Tone Webster Post author

    Absolutely love your vids, going to New York for the first time in January and can not wait

  • Diwakarjung Thapa Post author

    I have been there on 13 th Nov 2018 it was really amazing experience and I loved your all videos and was very helpful before I travelled NYC it was the only things that helped me to roam around. So thankful to you.

  • Diego Ramos Post author

    Hi beautiful Jenn! I am visiting this weekend finally ! I am so excited, I think I will get in love with NY !

  • Dumitru Langham Post author

    Hmmm interesting I wonder how rent would be in dumbo? I love to nyc especially in the Christmas 🎄

  • Veni Vidi Amavi Post author

    I love the yes walls and the rock wall! but since I'm going now in Dec, I think I'll just do the walls 🙂

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  • sathyanarayana kalancha Post author

    Elegant video Jennifer.

  • Film Pictures Post author

    Nice music choice.

  • Gerson Osuel Mendez Martinez Post author

    Thanks you for all the information that you sharing with us. I am exciting because in April I'll go to NY for first time and DUMBO is on my list. Greetings from Honduras.

  • Sujey82 Post author

    Omg! I have been binge watching all your videos. Thank you !for your reply regarding best way to get to queens? I have another question if you don't mind. are there any good places for brunch in this DUMBO area? looking for a chic brunch place for mothers day. it doesn't have to be in this area , it could be anywhere in Manhattan as well. Thank you!

  • Rob Buglass Post author

    Loved the vid , oddly just appearing on my feed now .

  • Potato Farm Post author

    Jen! Your videos are both aesthetically pleasing and informative 🙂 thanks for the great content

  • Moto Royali - Motorcycles and New York City Post author

    Very informative and educational! As always, great cinematography as well!

  • john gray Post author

    Thanks !!

  • Alan Jones Post author

    Great video I’m going to nyc in September I’ll be checking out dumbo for sure

  • Mac Harper Post author

    Do not walk across The Brooklyn Bridge on a hot sunny day. It takes about a half hour and the sun is brutal. You will get fried. Its better in the fall on an overcast day.

  • Jim Fromearth Post author

    No one grows up in dumbo. Unless you live in the welfare projects which is a few blocks from dumbo.😛

  • rkaninski Post author

    Aloha Jennifer! 🌈🤙🏼🙋🏻‍♂️

    Mahalo Nui Loa(thank you very much) for posting this video!
    DUMBO is amazing!!! 🤩

  • Red Street Post author

    Front Street Pizza is just as good with a shorter wait.

  • Harry Flores Post author

    You are missing so much on this video. The River Cafe, Shake Shack, Jacques Torres, and all the other shops and the Theater

  • Brasileira abroad Post author

    Great video !!!

  • EM Martinez Post author

    Where can you get on the East River Ferry and how much do you need to pay?? I heard it’s no longer in service (?) but this video is pretty recent.
    And does it make stops along the way??

  • Daniel Xu Post author

    DUMBO is so loud cuz of the subways

  • A. G Post author

    But I heard that DUMBO isn't safe, is that right?

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