One of On Location Tours favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn is DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. DUMBO is now primarily a residential area filled to the brim with artists, actors, musicians, and other young people seeking a cheap loft apartment while getting his or her start in the Big Apple. This eclectic spot has been the filming location for television shows such as CSI and HBO’s Sopranos and movies like Just Friends starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. If you are interested in the Sopranos you can hop on the Sopranos Sites Tour and cross the Hudson River to New Jersey.
DUMBO, once a manufacturing district in the 1890s, lead New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate a section of this neighborhood as a historic district. Many of the older buildings and streets offer visitors a glimpse of the past. DUMBO is now known for being one of New York City’s best art districts and plays host to multiple art galleries that are non-profit and host free events for the local community and traveler.
A different form of art takes place just steps from these galleries, by the master artist of chocolate, Chef Jacque Torres. His chocolate factory opened in DUMBO in the year 2000 and his shop has seen major success, much like his cooking show on the Food Network, Chocolates with Jacques Torres. But before you indulge in dessert, swing by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, a popular pizza shop for NYC locals and visitors alike. Many people agree the best way to enjoy this pizza is by taking a walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn using the Brooklyn Bridge Overpass. After pizza there should be just enough room for an ice-cream cone at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. This ice cream shop was converted from a 1922 fireboat house. In the past, firefighters in the marine fireboat station on the ferry landing used the little building for fireboat target practice. All the ice cream is freshly made so you’ll be able to taste the best old-fashioned ice cream Brooklyn has to offer. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory also offers gorgeous waterfront views of Manhattan. Other great eats in the area can be found at the River Café, Atlantic Chip Shop, and Pete’s Downtown Restaurant. Pete’s was featured in the movie What Happens in Vegas as the restaurant below Jack Fuller’s (Ashton Kutcher) apartment.
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