Exploring DUMBO (no, not the elephant)


Why it took me almost 2 years of living in NYC to visit the Brooklyn flea market is besides me.  If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. It’s home to some really unique finds; from authentic wares and household furniture to vintage and independently designed jewelry, art and trinkets– it’s a playground for those who enjoy anything that’s not mass-produced. Here’s the website for Brooklyn Flea where you can read about the vendors and look at some of the kitchy finds: http://brownstoner.com/brooklynflea/

What’s more, the weather in NY on Sunday was A+. After Saturday’s dreariness, the Sunny 70+ degree weather was ideal for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and venturing into DUMBO.  Since I’m not all that familiar with the area, I found it so helpful that there’s a huge map on the BKLN side of the bridge pointing out all of the restaurants, retail shops and historic stops in the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO area. I walked up and down the side streets: Front, Water, Jay–meandering into little boutiques, peeking into the windows and at the menus of cafes and restaurants– and was so engrossed in the charm of the area. The old brick buildings and factory signs juxtaposed against the new architecture of apartment complexes and contemporary restaurants was a neat contrast that adds to the character of DUMBO. A description of the area isn’t complete without mention of the carousel on Water street that has been restored and is  open to the public only for viewing. What a beautiful addition to the area- with carvings gilded in gold and fresh coats of paint in rich colors adorning the horses. It’s a must see for people of any age.  And I hear they’re looking to move the carousel into a larger space that allows for people to safely ride. Maybe they’ll bring in a cotton candy machine to make it a full carnival-like experience!

It’s amazing what you’ll find exploring NY’s neighborhoods. If not carousels and flea markets, your sure to run into interesting people, feast on tasty cuisines or see antiquated buildings.


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