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.

ANYWAYS:

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??

xo, K

36 Comments

  1. Hunter S. Jones Reply

    This is everything I love – new places, experiences, food 🙂 and your hair is gorgeous!

  2. Eeeeeek, I am super excited about the liquid nitrogen ice cream shop and would so love to take our daughters to visit there. When they were younger there was a restaurant that did liquid nitrogen drinks and desserts for the kids, it was their absolute favorite place to go. Still thinking about DUMBO, who knew…

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Right?? IT WAS SO COOL. Such an interesting way to prepare food!

  3. Besides great pictures of the city thanks for the history lesson on the Grand Army Plaza didn’t know that. Ice cream is my favorite so the liquid nitrogen ice cream shop was the coolest.

    • Kaleigh Reply

      hahaha you’re welcome! A little history never hurt anybody! And mine too! It was definitely a cool experience!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      aw, that’s so cool! Next time I go, I’ll get up with you!! I’d love to meet up with bloggers when I travel, but I have to do so!

  4. It looks like you had an extraordinary day at DUMBO! I didn’t know that this place had a name but I’ve seen it in sooooo many movies, it’s like an iconic corner of New York. I would LOVE to go that nitrogen icecream place, it looks like so much fun, not only delicious ice cream.

    • Kaleigh Reply

      It is SO iconic! and I didn’t know it had a name until recently LOL.

  5. I have never been to new york. (Despite everyone in Sweden believing that if you were born in the US you have to have been there) and this post just made me more excited to go one day. I have only seen videos of that ice cream place, so I think its super cool that you went!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      hahahaha that’s so funny!! It’s the biggest city in America though, so it makes sense to think everyone has been there!!

  6. I’ve never visited Brooklyn before….only Manhattan. But let’s talk about that breakfast sandwich: it looks amazing!!! What exactly is it? I’d really love to know!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Brooklyn is a MUST! I got Nutella french toast at the DUMBO place but the sandwiches in the beginning of my post are potato specials from Joes on Ave U!

  7. Looks like you had an amazing time. The ice cream shope is a must stop the kids would enjoy it for sure. Your pics are amazing they make me want to go visit.

  8. Some really nice use of perspective in the photos…especially, DUMBO peeping through the buildings and the unusual angles on Grand Army Plaza. Seems like quite a laidback yet enjoyable place

  9. I’ve never made it to this area of NYC but I so have to! It’s so pretty and that milkshake looked unreal!!

  10. Oh my gosh .. the liquid nitrogen ice cream shop! How much fun is that. I sure wish I lived closer, I’d love to take my grandson. x

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Such a good idea for kids! It’s SO fun! and it’s like a science lesson too!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      GIRL. Italian food is my fave. Maybe because I’m Italian? LOL.

  11. I’ve never heard of this being called DUMBO before! I like it though. It has a certain charm about it 🙂

    It looks like you had a fab time, and your pics are amazing!

    Louise x

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Really?!?! I didn’t know it was called that either until I was planning things to do in Brooklyn! LOL.

  12. Not only did this post have great fashion, I loved that blue dress. It also had amazing food. New York reminds me of Paris in some way. I miss it

    • Kaleigh Reply

      hahaha Thank you!! And I have yet to go to Paris but when I do, I’ll keep the comparison in mind! 😉

    • Kaleigh Reply

      aww, have SO much fun!!! It’s a crazy whirlwind, have a plan!! xo

  13. your trips looks like an amazing one! seems like you had the best time of your life there! I am visiting the same next week! I hope it would be same for me as well! Thanks!

  14. Elizabeth O Reply

    Looks like you really had fun! People always wanted to try something new. No wonder, because we are created to be happy. Traveling and other forms of exploration made our souls satisfied with fun and exciting experiences.

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