Walk through DUMBO

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DUMBO, of the English Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a district of New York located in the border of East River, and belongs to the district of Brooklyn. Although for many years it was a rather degraded port area, in recent years it has become very fashionable in New York, especially among artists, and has been filled with reconstructed buildings and art galleries, now creating a very safe area, what many call the New Soho, where you can enjoy a beautiful walk while watching Manhattan. Also, the views you get from both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge are spectacular, so I recommend doing this ride as an alternative to visiting the Brooklyn Promenade and as a previous step to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

We arrived by metro to DUMBO

The walk starts at the York street stop, street where it leaves us the subway line F that comes from Manhattan.

We started walking down Jay street and went down a street (to get there, the Manhattan bridge has to be on our left as we walk) towards Front street, where we turn left to continue walking along this street approaching the bridge more and more Manhattan.

Looking at the Manhattan Bridge

Although the views of the Manhattan Bridge between the buildings that we find on our walk are spectacular, the best is yet to come, as the buildings of Manhattan and the Financial District are still barely visible and the Brooklyn Bridge can not be seen.

We continue walking along Front street, and after crossing under the Manhattan Bridge we will turn right onto Washington Street to the end of the street, where the Brooklyn Bridge Park. From here, we can get from a grandstand located in the middle of the park (which is to the left of the entrance where we have accessed the park, after passing a playground) a spectacular view of both the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, although the latter is still a bit far away.

Manhattan Bridge from Washington street
Manhattan Bridge from Washington street

Pier of DUMBO

If we continue walking towards the end of this park, approaching the Brooklyn Bridge, just where it ends, the Empire Fulton Ferry Park, from where we have access to a beautiful jetty and spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan and the Pier 17 from the other side of the East River.

This pier is where the city has installed a beautiful old carousel, Jane's Carousel, which will surely delight the little ones on the trip.

Jane's Carousel and the Brooklyn Bridge
Jane's Carousel and the Brooklyn Bridge

Exit DUMBO and cross the bridge

To get out of DUMBO and cross the Brooklyn Bridge, we have two options:

  • Continue walking along Water Street or down Front Street to get to Old Fulton Street, where we found some places to eat or cool off before crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, as Juliana's Pizza o Grimaldi's Pizzeria. If we went up Old Fulton Street, we soon reached a park and left the stairs to climb the bridge.
  • Back on our steps to Washington street, where after crossing a few 300 meters we crossed under the bridge and about 100 meters we reached the junction of this street with Prospect street and we will take on the right some stairs that allow us to access the pedestrian walkway of the bridge of Brooklyn. This route is painted light blue on the map.

Arrival at City Hall Park

After crossing the Brooklyn bridge, and possibly having exhausted the batteries of our camera from the amount of photos that we will have made, we will arrive at City Hall Park, from where we can go to finish our journey either to Chinatown (to the right of the exit of the bridge) or to Financial District and / or Pier 17 (on the left).

Video of our walk through DUMBO

Here we leave a video with the main points of the route, so that it serves as an aperitif of it and you can see the views that you will enjoy during your walk through DUMBO:

Map of the route

Places of interest and nearby places: