Anyone living in DUMBO knows that life is always in fast motion. You are always moving, from CitiBike trips to subway trips. So naturally, the morning beings with the ultimate excising experience at iMAXShift. The cycling specialists have infused iMAX screens with your spinning classes. The videos are timed to your workouts and are aimed to simulate a virtual experience like riding down a roller coaster track or riding in outer space. No matter what is playing, you are sure to be exhilarated and wide-eyed in no time.
Now that your body is awake and stomach satisfied, you’ll have time and energy to stroll around the city’s most cherished destinations in Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park. The mornings are quiet, making this the best time of the day to visit. The views are downright spectacular: famed panoramic scenery of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. As you walk, you’ll discover a historical/artist exhibit right on the boardwalk chronicling the history of DUMBO in words and photos. On the other side of the waterside complex, there’s Brooklyn Bridge Park and a famed little stone beach that offers seating for you to read. There’s also a brand new, interactive, state-of-the-art DUMBO sign that will introduce you to everything from the local weather to traffic.
Aside from history, the star in DUMBO are its magical views, considered the best in the city. The most famous spot is just a few blocks south of Jane’s Carousel. You make your way to the cross-section of Water and Washington Streets. You turn onto Washington and you turn into a host for goose bumps (or “goose bumples” if you happen to have a 3-year-old in tow.) You notice the cobblestone roads and refurbished warehouses that complement the view of the Manhattan Bridge sprawling into the neighborhood. The view is probably the most iconic world-wide. Now it’s time to savor the flavors of the area!
The shopping and business scene in DUMBO is quite sizzling. There’s Brooklyn Industries and the gigantic West Elm storefronts. There’s also Etsy, the online, customized shopping king that is headquartered here. But take a different route to picking out your style. In DUMBO you need to look good. And Rodd & Gunn, formerly NOS Boutique, offers sleek, trendy and affordable fashion options — like Mackage jacket or Corso Como Chester boots. Take your time to look through and you’re sure to find something that fits your personality without breaking the bank.
It is time to unwind. And when you have an apartment right by the waterfront, you also plentiful opportunities to have some drinks, well, on the water. Don’t miss a chance to get on Bargemusic to get your night going. The floating venue features world class classical ensembles on a 100-foot barge that was built in 1889. If you come at the right time (Saturday at 4 pm) you could get aboard for free (otherwise, the entrance fee is in the neighborhood of $35). But regardless of the time, the intimacy of the experience makes Bargemusic a perfect first-date choice.
The dining in DUMBO isn’t as varied and vast as in other Brooklyn nabes. But the quality of the food is sublime. There are places like the charming Gran Electrica and waterfront dining at the famed River Cafe. The winner for today’s quest is Atrium DUMBO. The contemporary American fare features a new age open kitchen and nouveau décor… such as a wall of potted plants. The food is divine, with braised pork belly to start and roasted chicken (accompanied with an out-of-this-world yogurt and pine garnish) to finish.
You have rushed out of dinner to make your show at St. Ann’s and now you are craving something sweet. You will have a problem deciding, because there are at least three choices that are to die for. Not too keen on decisions, you decide to go for all of them. You stop first to grab some soft serve, homemade ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, occupying one of the oldest buildings in the area. Then, you make a quick stop to grab some homemade treats at Jacques Torres Chocolate (hint, hint: best chocolatier in NYC!) and finish your sugar rush tour at One Girl Cookies, which offers the freshest homemade cookies you will ever taste. How’s that for decisions?