DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is ones of Brooklyn’s most fashion-forward, trendy neighborhoods.

DUMBO encompasses the area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the area east of the Manhattan Bridge to Vinegar Hill. Today, DUMBO is a busy and attractive area that provides incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as a great place to for families, roller-bladers, cyclists, walkers, joggers, tourists and professionals to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here, you’ll find the perfect day trip to peruse art galleries, street vendors, coffee shops and restaurants; as well as a beautiful park and playground (and an old-fashioned carousel.) Grab something to eat from one of the many shops or street vendors and enjoy lunch at the park at the end of Main Street for one of the best views of Manhattan.

During the week, all types of food trucks park at the corner of Jay and Water Streets, or at the end of Main Street, for nearby office workers and tourists including Korilla’s Kim Chi Burrito, Domo Taco, Calexico, and Mexico Blvd.

If you are not adventurous enough to try street food or something from New York’s fantastic food trucks, you can stop into Grimaldi’s for packaged food or something from their delicious deli and take-out counter. Shake Shack, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO Kitchen at the corner of Jay and York, and Jacques Torres at 66 Water Street all offer tasty alternatives. Coffee drinkers can stop by the famous Brooklyn Roasting Company at 25 Jay Street or One Girl Cookies at 33 Main Street. West Elm Market at 50 Washington Street also has great coffee.

DUMBO features a number of great shops, galleries, street artists and “look-like” products on sale on Front and Washington Streets, as well as a number of interesting bookstores including Powerhouse Arena at 37 Main Street, PS Bookstore at 76 Front Street, Poetry Bookstore at 126 Front Street (it features a sculpture of Walt Whitman made out of Legos), and Singularity & Co. at 18 Bridge Street.

There are great photo settings on Washington Street where you can position the Manhattan Bridge in the background; however, remember that this is New York and thousands of people walk and drive along Washington Street every day. Try to be aware of others, especially those behind the steering wheel of a bus or truck.

As in most small New York neighborhoods, it is difficult to find parking near DUMBO, so take the train or walk across the bridge to reach this trendy area. When returning to Manhattan after spending a few hours during the day at DUMBO, you can find the Brooklyn Bridge entrance on Washington Street, hidden under the bridge, about 4 blocks from the river. The A train is located on High Street, which is past the bridge entrance and through the bridge park.