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Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory/Store is a neat place to visit. If you've always wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge anyway, this could be considered the "pot of gold" at the other end of the bridge, and a perfect place for a break. It's located in DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Up until a few years ago this was a totally worn down neglected area of old warehouses and small factories. Since the mid-1990's it has been attracting many artsy types and the buildings have slowly been converted into businesses and living spaces.
At this store, located at 66 Water Street, you can see filled chocolates being made and can choose from dozens of very unique varieties, along with chocolate 'bark' (like a chocolate bar with several different kinds of nuts) and hot chocolate, espresso, etc.
Their website has complete directions to this outlet (as well as several other locations in Manhattan if you don't want to go over into Brooklyn) on foot, by subway, and by driving. Mmm, mmm.
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Fall has the DUMBO dance Festival. Also, many Galleries in October have openings. , Great for anyone to go and have wine and cheese ( hey.. if this is too phoo phoo for you, then, think of it as free alcohol.)
The thanksgiving day parade is a mainstay, but what you may , or may not know is that the natives go up to 80street and Central park west to watch the balloons inflate and other preparations for the parade. Don't knock it until you have done it. It is realy chaos with all the New yorkers.
DUMBO is an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” and has nothing to do with Walt Disney’s elephant! It is a fascinating part of Brooklyn to visit if you want to see a neighbourhood in transition. What is happening here once happened in various parts of Manhattan such as SoHo and Greenwich Village. This was once an area full of old, decaying factories and lofts, commonly known as Vinegar Hill. Now these are being transformed in to apartments and galleries, and artists are deserting SoHo, TriBeca and Greenwich Village, where rents are becoming prohibitively high, crossing the East River and taking up residence here.
At one time, a small railroad operated along the streets of DUMBO. This Jay Street Connecting Railroad, which served industry and factories in the area, ceased operations in 1958, as trucks increasingly became the dominant form of shipping transportation in the New York City area, but you can still spot its tracks along many of the neighbourhood’s cobbled streets.
Take a walk along Water Street to see some of these tracks and a derelict tobacco warehouse (now part of the Empire-Fulton Street State Park and a popular filming location). You might also like to sample the great coffee and pastries at a small bakery and café along there, where we spent a pleasant and relaxing half hour. The area also has several good restaurants and some smart galleries, both commercial and not-for-profit. We didn’t find the time to explore properly but will definitely be back here on any future visit to New York.
Walk across Brooklyn Bridge or take subway line F to York Street.
Brooklyn Promenade for view of Manhattan
This is my favorite view of NYC. Check it out at night, and in the day. I like the night better.
Just get off on the first stop off the F train (York), or the 2nd or 3rd stop. Walk towards the river and you can't miss it. You can walk from the south of the promenade, until the end of it, then walk around and find the park in the DUMBO portion that give you a view from between the 2 bridges.
Before consolidation of the five boroughs in 1898(described by Brooklynites as "The Great Mistake of '98), Brooklyn was a charming, wealthy, cultured reprieve from its rather out of control neighbor, Manhattan. The city was indeed a "city". Unlike other boroughs which were conceived as suburbs from their early settlements(Queens, Bronx), Brooklyn was an independant city with its own city hall, library system, museums, skyline and even its own subway lines. However, with the incorporation of 1898, all was lost and the city fell victim to the secondhand treatment it had feared before the contested consolidation vote was sealed.
Thus, the large borough descended into hard times, as the urban flight decimated brownstone Brooklyn, and the departure of the Dodgers put the symbolic "nail in the coffin".
Spending equal time as a blue collar landmark, and paragon of "gang culture", Brooklyn began a startling comeback in the mid 1990s. Reinvestment in Brownstone Brooklyn was spurred by innovative mortgage programs(spearheaded by the local gas company which was tired of maintaining lines under abandoned buildings) and preservationists dashed in to protect uninterrupted swaths of 19th century architecture. The resurgence of New York City as a whole fed the movement, as skyrocketing rents sent young America scouting the historic old neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
Today, Brooklyn is a marvel. The hippest neighborhood in New York is now, arguably, Williamsburg in Brooklyn; a claim that seemed absurd a mere ten years ago. Fort Greene follows, as does DUMBO, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Greenpoint and others. The borough has international cache as a bastion of progressive art and society, particularly among the Japanese and European visitors.
With a population of 2.5 million, Brooklyn could be cutoff from the rest of New York and still be the fourth largest city in the United States. She is a dynamic, pulsating part of the Big Apple, and every visitor should venture over the East River to soak up the energy.
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the intro picture is taken from 'dumbo' which is a neighborhood in brooklyn with great views of manhattan. there is a great park by the water and some good restaurants there as well.
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