we love, love, love hanging out in dumbo, especially in the warmer months along the waterfront at empire-fulton ferry state park. i’m sure the place will be an even bigger draw once the epic brooklyn bridge park is complete. a typical day might start with brunch at 5 front (not spectacular but usually reliable), go play at the best pirate ship playground and then end the afternoon at the brooklyn ice cream factory on the pier. if we really want to extend our, day maybe pizza at grimaldis (not always worth the wait but pretty tasty) to end the night. and even though it is definitely not warm, there’s still plenty to lure us down to that part of brooklyn.
my one small complaint about dumbo is that so far we haven’t really found any great restaurants (though there are few good treat spots), certainly nothing worth travelling for, but a few new ones have opened up that we haven’t tried, and we do love vinegar hillwhich is only 1/2 mile away. there are lots of interesting shops, and i’m especially interested in checking out the maybe already open shop@greendesk which is a space that plans to host about 20 smaller vendors including jewelry designer andrea lucille shin, ogata, a japanese furniture crafstman and an organic crepe shop called golden pan. if you want to check out the snow this weekend, there’s also a pop-up art sale being held at the dumbo arts center which sounds like it’s worth a visit.
jacques torres: pretty great chocolates here, i’m a fan of the boxes, and they really go crazy at easter time, and the ice cream is pretty sweet too. 62 water street at main street, 718.875.1269
dewey’s candy: recently opened, an excellent, all-the-basics, candy shop now in brooklyn with the new stuff and plenty of the old favorites. 141 front street between pearl and jay streets, 718.422.1333.
ñ/bk: the popular tapas restaurant from soho that i remember enjoying ages ago — but it has been too long for me to recommend — has just opened up in dumbo so somewhere new to try for food. could be a good addition. 81 washington street between york and front streets, 718.222.9880.
spring: a little bit of art and a little bit of retail are all mixed in at the high and low price point at this cute boutique which is always worth checking out. 126 front street between adams and jay streets, 718.222.1054.
baxter & liebchen: incredible selection of mid-century pieces from couches, to desks to lighting and high chairs. 10 jay street at plymouth street, 718.797.0630.
didi’s dog boutique: now that we have a dog, i seem to have acquired an incessant need to find the best dog stuff. don’t know if this shop will do the trick but i will definitely go by on our next visit down under. 160 water street between jay and pearl streets, 718.237.2353.
powerhouse books: an independent bookstore with a huge photography focus, and the large space also hosts performances, and events, and even film screenings. 27 main street at water street, 718.666.3049.
egg baby: high end, stylish clothes for little ones packed into this small space. and it seems they often have sample sales. 72 jay street at front street, 718.422.7811.