Our day began at the Port Authority Bus Terminal where we caught the A Train to the High Street station in DUMBO. DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It may come up someday as a Jeopardy question, but all you really need to know is that DUMBO is a fun destination in Brooklyn with lots of family-friendly sights, and foods.
A lunch stop at Grimaldi’s was our first stop. This cash-only eatery is famous for their delicious Brooklyn-style pizza. Tip to help you save face and not get yelled at by a local – they won’t sell by the slice, order only by the pie. Next stop was a frozen treat at Brooklyn Ice Cream. Again, another cash-only establishment. Stop at the ATM, so that you can eat at these places!
We took some great photos under the bridge and checked out the locks on Fulton Ferry Landing Pier. From there we hoped to ride Jane’s Carousel but discovered it was closed on Tuesdays. Don’t repeat our mistake, head online to http://janescarousel.com/
Fueled by our sugary treats, we stopped on Washington Street to take photos of the Manhattan Bridge seen between two buildings, checked out Powerhouse Books and took a look at the illuminated DUMBO sign.
Our trek back to Manhattan took us through the winding streets of Brooklyn, and up a couple of flights of stairs to the Brooklyn Bridge. The views are stunning. It took us about 30 mins to walk across at a steady pace. We did stop for some photos along the way. There are people on the bridge taking polaroids if you forget to bring a camera, or your phone. I suggest walking over in the morning, or early evening. There is very little shade, and it can get hot. Wear sunblock and comfy shoes. Keep clear of the bike line and take in the awesome views of the manhattan skyline. The Bridge’s pedestrian walkway conveniently delivers you right to a Subway Station. We took the train to Wall Street for a photo opportunity with the famous Bull statue, and it’s newest addition The Fearless Girl statue.
Our day ended with at Battery Park at the foot of Wall Street with a ride on the Seaglass Carousel with amazing views of the Statue of Liberty in the distance.