Experience Springtime Outside Your Brooklyn Apartment
As someone who lives in Brooklyn, you know all about how to make the most of the space you have. Every nook and cranny needs a purpose, whether for storage, seating, or artistic expression. It seems the landscape is no different. Local artists, entrepreneurs, an artisans back in the 1970s found artistic charm in the spot along the East River Waterfront. You know the one: that place Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass? DUMBO, as it’s now recognized, is the perfect neighborhood for window shopping or treating yourself to some decadently good eats. Springtime outside Brooklyn apartments is a spectacular time, indeed!
There are certainly a few places to dine in the evening, but this particular part of town is most alive before the sun sets. Front Street features lots of little shops and boutiques – the kinds that are really fun to just browse quickly, but you could also spend an hour admiring every detail on every wonderful piece. If you’re looking for something truly unique, however, check out Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry shop located at 141 Front Street. It’s the only bookshop in New York City that is 100% dedicated to poetry. We’re talking about small press chapbooks and books you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. Here you’ll find children’s poetry books to stapled chapbooks to high-art limited editions. Of course, like all authentically artful specialty book shops, they hold readings, discussions, and other events.
Once you’ve had your fill of boutiques and quaint shops, it’s time to treat yourself to the comfort food of all comfort foods: chocolate. No one can argue that world-famous chocolatier, Jacque Torres (also of food television fame) is an expert, to say the least. From handcrafted chocolates to champagne truffles, to spicy hot chocolate, Jacques Torres Chocolate at 66 Water Street is an absolute must-visit. After a little something sweet, it’s time for something savory, right? Your food options in DUMBO in the springtime range from quirky to luxurious. Pedros at 73 Jay Street offers a classic, old-school NYC vibe with graffiti on the outside and some no-frills ambiance inside. Here, the focus is on the food. Enjoy delicious Mexican fare and wash it down with some authentic margaritas.
Head to the Osprey at 60 Furman Street for something a little more upscale. American cuisine is at the heart of this relatively new establishment, with comforting sandwiches at breakfast and lunch, and some more refined dishes for dinner. Cecconi’s Dumbo at 55 Water Street brings classic Italian food to the table, with waterfront views of Manhattan. This high-end restaurant has locations all over the world, including London, West Hollywood, Miami, Istanbul, Barcelona, and Berlin.
What’s springtime outside Brooklyn apartments without talk of a little theater! DUMBO is home to the St. Ann’s Warehouse, so certainly check this theater out for springtime shows. Before or after curtain call, take a 3-minute stroll over to Atrium Dumbo at 15 Main Street for elegant, fresh, local fare and select one of their craft beers or fine wines.
As far as fine dining, it doesn’t get much finer than The River Cafe at 1 Water Street. With its sweeping views of the New York Skyline and the Statue of Liberty, mixed with its deliciously meticulous New American cuisine, this place has become a well-known culinary destination.
This is certainly not a complete list of all there is to do in springtime outside Brooklyn apartments, but it’s a start! One thing is certain though, and that’s that spring is finally here, so patio dining and fresh air are definitely on your to-do list.