“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass may not sound like the kind of place you'd want to spend a date night, but DUMBO will change your mind. Sunsets are sublime at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, where you can see clear across the harbor to Manhattan. Shows at DUMBO Arts Center regularly overflow into art crawls and installations under the bridge, and theater and music acts launch Broadway-worthy productions at St. Ann's Warehouse. LEED-certified green Galapagos Art Space knows that comedy burlesque and Nerd Nights go down better with a full bar. Good thing DUMBO is within stumbling distance of the York Street subway. Downtown Brooklyn is comparatively lacking in nightlife, but shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Rose Cinemas in Fort Greene are worth the detour. Reserve ahead for one of 18 seats at the Michelin-starred chef's table inside Brooklyn Fare Grocery Store, or venture over to acclaimed Vinegar Hill House for newfangled old-fashioned feasts of cast-iron-roasted chicken and Guinness chocolate cake.