Wander Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, where indie bookstores, haute boutiques and spectacular city vistas make for an artsy chic experience.
Soak up the summer sun at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Plymouth St., btw New Dock & Adams sts.). The waterfront area offers picture-perfect views of lower Manhattan, a grassy lawn for picnics, concession stands, a playground and outdoor event spaces. Don’t leave without taking a ride on Jane’s Carousel, a historic attraction with 48 carved wooden horses and two chariots that have been painstakingly restored by hand to their 1922 elegance.
In 2010, Alison Oblonsky took the sense of style she had cultivated from more than 25 years in the fashion industry and launched Dewey’s Candy (141 Front St., at Pearl St., 718.422.1333). The colorful sweetshop tempts with a selection of retro classics, modern favorites and international finds—all underneath a chandelier of jumbo lollipops dangling from ribbons.
Bibliophiles, rejoice: Indie bookstores thrive in cool, smart DUMBO. P.S. Bookshop (76 Front St., at Washington St., 718.222.3340) stocks its floor-to-ceiling shelves with rare titles and new and used books in multiple languages; The PowerHouse Arena (37 Main St., at Water St., 718.666.3049) carries many NYC-specific titles and hosts readings, art shows and events; and Singularity & Co. (18 Bridge St., 1G, at John St., 347.460.7724) specializes in sci-fi, fantasy and vintage pulp fiction.
Heart of Art
DUMBO’s art community struts its stuff in a restored factory that boasts a post-industrial feel. The exhibition spaces at 111 Front Street Galleries (111 Front St., btw Adams & Washington sts.) showcase ever-changing displays of multimedia works from both local and international names, along with artists-in-residence.
DUMBO families savor straightforward Italian cuisine at AlMar (111 Front St., btw Adams & Washington sts., 718.855.5288), a cash-only trattoria that’s especially popular for weekend brunch. Weekend mornings feature egg-based entrées, while the dinner menu boasts pasta, bruschetta, roasted meats and pan-seared seafood.
Girly girls and tomboys alike can score stylish finds at EHVonnae (145 Front St., btw Pearl & Jay sts., 718.310.3686), a cozy boutique with a curated selection of fashion-forward apparel, trendy footwear, statement accessories, hip sunglasses and beauty products.