There’s no denying it: Dumbo is a neighborhood undergoing big changes. 60 Water, the new luxury apartment building to arrive in the neighborhood, is just the latest newcomer to a neighborhood that has been attracting creative types for over 30 years.
Artisans like woodworker Mark Jupiter are ensuring that the neighborhood maintains the vibes that sealed its reputation as an artists’ enclave in the 70s and 80s. We spoke to him about his custom furniture showroom on Plymouth Street, what led to his career in woodwork, and how he likes to spend his time in Dumbo. If you’re thinking of moving to Dumbo, you couldn’t have a better guide.
It’s no surprise that Dumbo, the Brooklyn epicenter of creativity and innovation, offers so many great perks to employees in the area. What was once a virtual ghost town with a smattering of restaurants and bars now boasts a funky mix of fashion boutiques, handmade craft shops, and top-notch cafes.
In a previous post, we gave you an exclusive look into some of Dumbo’s coolest offices. Today we will take you out of the box and onto the street, showing you what it’s like to work in this vibrant neighborhood — with hints on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and exercise.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Whether you’re cycling in, or pouring out of the York Street station with the other commuters, your first task on the way to work is to get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. You have two excellent choices on the coffee front: Brooklyn Roasters, at the very end of Jay Street, and West Elm Market, on Washington Street between Water and Front. Whether you fancy a regular cup of joe or a cortado, this pit stop will get you buzzing and ready for the day.
Breakfast options at The Steel Cart
If you want some eggs with your coffee, you can’t do much better than the Steel Cart, a food cart stationed at the corner of Jay and Water Streets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Owners Luc and Jenny serve up breakfast goodies like the Egg Tosti (a grilled ham, egg and cheese sandwich), the Hole in 1 (an egg fried in the middle of rye toast, with roasted potatoes), Cinna-Bun Toast, and fresh, homemade yogurt.
Foragers | via FoodNFestivities.com
There are plenty of lunch options in Dumbo for health buffs, foodies, and everyone in between. The popular organic market Foragers lures masses of people daily with its nutritious snacks and produce, salad bar, fresh juices, and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches.
Different food trucks every day!
If variety’s your priority, make your destination the unassuming vacant lot on the corner of Jay and Water Streets. Every weekday, it’s home to a rotating line-up of food trucks such as Luke’s Lobster (lobster rolls), Mausam (Indian), Shorty’s (cheesesteaks), Domo Taco (Asian-Mexican fusion), Sweet Chili (Thai/Vietnamese), Mexico Blvd. (duh), and Dub Pies (Australia/New Zealand-style pies). If you don’t like surprises, check out the webcam or Twitter account to view the day’s trucks (and how long the lines are).
Sometimes, though, it’s nice to sit down and have a relaxed meal. AlMar is a local favorite for its pasta, salad, and especially its delectable panini. It’s also a cozy spot for an afternoon coffee or a glass of wine.