The secret is out. "Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass", there lies a Brooklyn neighborhood with understandably immense appeal - DUMBO. Who can resist cobblestone streets, waterfront parks, colorful art and sweeping views of Manhattan?
This used to be a gritty area of warehouses and artists' studios, but over the past several years, DUMBO's development has enticed scores of young professionals and families. There's a reason why the real estate here has soared as people have discovered what was once a well-kept secret.
Easy to access by subway, DUMBO is a great day trip if you are visiting the city. Some of my favorites: - Take in the sweeping views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park, then ride Jane's Carousel on the waterfront - Stop at Almondine Bakery (85 Water Street) for freshly-baked pastries and coffee - Browse for beautiful art books at powerHouse Arena (37 Main Street), a landmark art gallery, bookstore, and performance space - Hit the DUMBO Arts Festival (Sept), an indoor/outdoor art, music and performance celebration that fills the streets - Indulge in a fancy grilled cheese at the popular Little Muenster Tiny (145 Front Street)
P.S. - right next to DUMBO are the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. A 2-hour Urban Oyster tour gives you the skinny on this fascinating, historical area.