With or without the Brooklyn Flea, Dumbo is abuzz with exciting and exclusive opportunities every season. Rumor has it that those artists who gave the borough its “uncool” nickname in the 1970s did so in an anti-marketing effort to protect it from development and gentrification. Go figure!
Serving as the borough’s unofficial welcoming post for Manhattanites crossing over into Brooklyn, Dumbo tempts them to go no further. The first of many reasons to stay is the ambiance. With cobblestone streets and old train tracks that recall the neighborhood’s 18th century industrial past, Dumbo offers some of the greatest views of Manhattan of all time, especially when the sun sets.
When in Dumbo, there are more than a few must-sees and must-dos. Check out our top picks below!
Open Thursdays through Sundays throughout the winter season, Jane’s Carousel is a Brooklyn Bridge Park stronghold. With 48 exquisitely carved horses and two superb chariots, the beautiful structure was created in 1922 and has charmed its riders ever since. Come for the afternoon, or plan a photoshoot on the horses!
Visit powerHouse Arena, home to the world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books. The Arena stands as a gallery, boutique, bookstore and performative events space all in one. In the words of the owners, powerHouse Arena “showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle.” With soaring 24-foot ceilings and a 5,000-square-foot ground floor featuring glass frontage, the space is airy and makes for a delightful viewing or browsing experience!
Though during the warmer months the Dumbo food scene is championed by the Brooklyn Flea, in the winter many choose to warm up with hot chocolate and handmade treats at Jacques Torres Chocolate. The Willy Wonka-esque emporium offers everything from truffles and cookies to bonbons and gluten-free treats. What’s more, the Dumbo location reigns as the world-famous Mr. Chocolate’s (Jacques Torres) very first chocolate factory.
Founded by the same mogul behind Grimaldi’s Pizza, Juliana’s is just a few steps away from the original New York City stronghold. Named for pizza proprietor Patsy Grimaldi’s mother Juliana, the old-school pies are delicious with their thin crusts and the finest housemade, locally and internationally-sourced toppings.
Through its art gallery and online collection, the McMahan Photo Art Gallery and Archive includes over 25,000 photos for sale, for use as fine art photo prints, posters and greeting cards. Founded by award-winning New York City-based urban landscape and documentary photographer Robert McMahan in 2001, the gallery has since grown into an art collection of worldwide acclaim with historical, unique and iconic photographs of museum quality.
Top your Dumbo experience off by witnessing one of the borough’s best views. Here on Washington Street between Front and Water Streets, the Empire State Building is visible behind the Manhattan Bridge. The charm of Dumbo’s cobblestone streets in the forefront makes the image more than capture-worthy!
To honor those of your New Year’s resolutions oriented toward giving back to the New York City community and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of five worthy charities to donate your time, energy or money to this January. Plus, many offer the ability to do so while enjoying a night you’ll never forget! Here are some of our favorite philanthropy events, galas, luncheons and dinners to attend throughout the month.
January 9th, 6:00-8:00pm Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway
Join the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund at its 81st Annual Awards Dinner. The non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting education for the fashion arts and business, and hosts this event to toast the significant achievements of acclaimed industry veterans. Scholarships will be awarded to over 200 students who represent the future of the industry. Sponsorship opportunities range between $20,000 and $100,000.
Join MDA’s Muscle Team at their high-profile sports dinner where professional athletes come together to sponsor children living with muscle diseases, with all benefits going toward finding treatments and cures. The Muscular Dystrophy Association leads the fight to assist individuals and families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. The organization focuses on funding research, providing care and empowering families with services and support across America. Sponsorship opportunities at the event range from printed journal ads to premier tables with celebrity guests.
January 19th through 28th Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue
Reigning as America’s leading art, antiques and design fair, The Winter Antiques Show features 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. All proceeds benefit East Side House Settlement, a nationally recognized community-based organization working with schools and community centers to bring quality education and resources to residents of the South Bronx and Northern Manhattan. Tickets for the event begin at $25.
January 21st, 5:00-9:00pm Old Bermuda Inn, 301 Veterans Road West, Staten Island
Join IlluminArt for an evening of food, music, raffles and fun! IlluminArt is an organization dedicated to empowering students through theater, encouraging them to use it as a tool to write and perform plays that illuminate critical social issues, create conversation and instill positive change. IlluminArt’s talented Touring Company, community volunteers and high school students will present a Broadway review at the event intended to benefit the organization’s youth programs.
January 25th Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City at their Tournament of Champions Pong Event, now in its 10th year. 32 teams from within the financial community will compete in the double-elimination tournament, with a cocktail reception to follow the finals. Show off your table-tennis skills and help raise awareness and money for BBBS of New York City! The entrance fee for a doubles team is $3,500.
January is the dawn of a new year, and what better way to celebrate the start of something new than with pancakes? While sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple homemade stack of pancakes, we’ve rounded up a list of the city’s top five locations serving up everybody’s favorite breakfast food. Be sure to venture out and sample some of these all-star pancakes, many of which offer a fresh twist on a classic recipe! (Note: we are well aware that some of you are very loyal to your favorite pancake establishment, which may or may not be included on our list. Comment your favorite venue and flavor, and we will be sure to give it a try!)
Many have tasted, and the consensus is in: Bubby’s has some of the best Banana Nut Pancakes this city has ever seen! With many other toppings to choose from, the pancake flavors include James Beard and Sourdough. And if the morning allows, be sure to sample their Fried Chicken Pancake combo as well!
Neil Kleinberg’s Blueberry Pancakes have been voted best in the city by New York Magazine, two times over! This Lower East Side stronghold serves pancakes all day long, and the rest of the menu has been lauded as “anything but ordinary” by the New York Observer. Come down and try a bite, or two, or three!
Open for brunch on the weekends, Win Son in East Williamsburg is the perfect place to go to try pancakes with a twist! With a casual atmosphere, this venue serves up tasty Taiwanese-American fare, like these Scallion Pancakes with black vinegar dipping sauce. Be sure to try them out!
Various Manhattan Locations, Including: 7 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking
Served daily beginning at 7AM, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will redefine the way you think about the staple breakfast food. The treat has been described as a “puffy-like zesty lemon cake” and comes served with fresh raspberries and candied lemon. Top it off with maple syrup for a tasty breakfast any day!
Give these Red Velvet Pancakes a whirl at Queens Comfort, Astoria’s favorite comfort food dining destination! Their brunch menu is very extensive, so be sure to come in numbers in order to sample more than one dish.