If you don’t already know, DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It’s a trendy little part of Brooklyn closest to the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges and it’s home to art, good food, and cobble stone roads.
I’ve been wanting to go since I learned about it, we don’t usually get out of the Mill Basin area of Brooklyn when we visit, so I was determined to go this time! We googled some shit and went on our way.
SIDEBAR ON THE MILL BASIN AREA: The best Italian food EVER. All the grocery stores give me life. Joe’s of Avenue U is the bees knees and they have the best Sicilian food EVA. Not that I’ve ever had Sicilian food in a restaurant before, but like. YUM. Here’s that:
We hung around the first day seeing family, eatin’ good, and hanging out.
I was mostly interested in going to the park to see the bridges and Manhattan skyline, but the entire day was a bit trickier than I had anticipated. As per friggin’ usual. CAN NYC EVER BE EASY FOR ME? No.
We first stopped at Grand Army Plaza because, photo op. But I learned it’s actually a national historic landmark. And I was like, wait, why? So I googled and found out that Grand Army Plaza is actually where the Battle of Long Island was held (the first battle of the American Revolution) CURRENTLY – this place is the center of the largest and busiest traffic circle in Brooklyn. Which was obvious when we passed it and it took like 20 minutes to turn back around to get back to it. It’s a mad house.
After making a pit-stop at TJ Maxx for some clothes for Kyle (because we had all of like 24 hours to laundry and pack before coming here) we headed to DUMBO kitchen for brunch. Everyone had breakfast sandwiches but when nutella is on the menu, there’s a 99% chance that’s what I’m getting. So I got the nutella french toast and it was everything my soul needed. We parked at the parking garage right next to this restaurant for like… $8/hour I think?? We were out and about for almost 2 and I think it was $19 for parking. It was valet. And I texted when I wanted my car. Worth it.
We then walked over to Washington & Plymouth for the basic ass OBLIGATORY Manhattan bridge photo op. No shame in my game. For some reason I had though it was at Front & Water so we were runnin’ around like crazy tourist weirdos looking for the right spot. Which was obviously littered with other tourists wanting the same photo op. I legit waited in line for my turn in the MIDDLE OF THE STREET. Like can we just all agree that we look silly. Can we.
This location is super close to the Brooklyn Bridge Park where you can sit between both bridges. Don’t go in the water. Pray for the ones on the jetskis.
When we were done taking a million and one photos of the same two bridges, we went to -321 Ice Cream. It’s LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM SHOP. They even sell FROZEN CHEESEY POOFS AND THEY CALL THEM DRAGON’S BREATH.
The point is to chew them and breathe out through your nose so the fog comes out and you look like the dragon. The thing is, is that it was 100x more difficult than you think it will be. Like it was a STRUGGLE to chew and breathe out my nose at the same. I know you’re trying right now and probably thinking I’m an idiot for thinking it was hard, BUT LIKE. I PRACTICED BEFORE I DID IT AND IT WAS STILL HARD TO DO, OK? Like when you start chewing your mouth fills with the fog and then you’re trying to breath it out of your nose and ugh. My brain couldn’t handle it.
We headed home after this because the boob sweat was raging, the sun was shining too damn hot, and we were all exhausted from walking what felt like 100 miles. Was probably literally nothing.
I’m so glad we finally went and explored DUMBO that morning – it was so fun! I think next time we go out there, I’ll want to explore the Queens area… any suggestions??