Located in the Dumbo neighbourhood of Brooklyn, the Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View point gives you iconic views of Manhattan Bridge. Here is a complete guide.
How To Get To The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View
This scenic view point is located along Washington Street in the Dumbo neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York City.
The following are 5 subway stations in the Dumbo area that will get you close to the view point.
York Street – F Train
High Street – A and C trains
Clark Street – 2 and 3 trains
Court Street – N, R and W trains
Borough Hall – 4 and 5, 2 and 3 trains
There are two ferry terminals at Brooklyn Bridge Park – the Dumbo/Fulton ferry terminal and the pier 6 ferry terminal.
You will find Citibike docking stations are all around the city.
One ride is $3.50 and a day pass is $15 and there are several docking stations in the Dumbo Neighbourhood.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View Entrance Fee
It is free to visit this view point.
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The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View Opening Times
The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge view is open 24 hours a day, every day.
Best Time To Visit the Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View + Tips
If you are looking to capture some great photos you need to visit early in the morning to beat the crowds, preferably before 9am.
We headed over after our morning visit to Grand Bazaar NYC, so it was around midday.
There are huge crowds in the daytime, however most people tend to group at the intersection. So if you walk a little closer to the bridge you should get some space.
You can also get some great night time shots from here.
Don’t forget your tripod!
What To Pack
The History Of The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View
Construction on the Manhattan Bridge began in 1901 and since then, the bridge’s Brooklyn side tower has been beautifully framed by the brick warehouses on Washington Street.
This spectacular view was actually spotted and caught on camera even before the bridge’s span was complete!
Furthermore this spectacular vista continues to bring photographers from all over the world wanting to capture this iconic view.
With social media playing a huge part, this is widely recognised as one of the most Instagrammable places in New York.
What To Expect At The Dumbo Manhattan Bridge View
Wondering about the name Dumbo?
It’s actually an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass; this is the neighbourhood where the view point is located.
Not to be confused with Brooklyn Bridge, it covers two sections.
One located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connect Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another that continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area.
The steel bridge rises up out of the East River, with the Empire State Building visible in the background, the red brick warehouses and cobbled streets in the foreground thus making for some stunning photo opportunities.
Recognised as one of the top things to do in New York, there are also a few cafes and street vendors in the area!
There are always lots of visitors and tourists standing in the middle of Washington Street, all trying to capture the same awesome shot.
So unfortunately, unless you want to get up and arrive at sunrise you’ll be competing against the numbers.
Also, this iconic spot has been used as the back drop in many television shows and films including the famous Once Upon a Time in America.
The distinctive view of Manhattan Bridge, as seen from Washington Street, was used as the official poster of Serge Leone’s celebrated 1984 movie.
If you’d like to discover more of the area, check out the From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour.
Where To Stay In New York
This Manhattan hotel in Midtown overlooks Central Park and is within walking distance of Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center.
Free cable and a bathrobe are provided in every room at the New York Central Park Ritz-Carlton. All rooms are elegant, with wood furniture and light colors. Many rooms also include a city or park view.
La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park offers massage and facial services, as well as a sauna. Guests can also work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
The 57th street subway station is just 2 blocks away, providing easy access to the city. Radio City Music Hall and the Broadway Theatre District are also both within 1 mile of the hotel.
Mid-Budget – citizenM New York Times Square
Located right in the heart of Manhattan, this hotel is just 1 minute’s walk from Times Square. It’s also within 5 minutes’ walk of Central Park and Columbus Circle.
A flat-screen TV and a small refrigerator with free water are available in citizenM’s rooms. Bathrooms include Hansgrohe rain showers and oversized bathroom amenities.
With the room iPad, all guests can control room lights, black-out blinds, curtains and temperature. As well as TV and radio channels.
Free high-speed Wi-Fi and express check in are on offer at citizenM New York Times Square.
Three outdoor terraces are provided at the New York Times Square citizenM. They feature a state-of-the-art fitness centre with yoga facilities.
After working out, guests can relax with drinks and sweeping views of the city on the exclusive rooftop bar.
Budget – Central Park West Hostel
Located in New York City’s Upper West Side, this hostel is a block from the 86th street underground station and 2 blocks from Central Park. It offers Wi-Fi and staff-organized events.
A shared kitchen, café area, and spacious lounge with a flat-screen TV are part of the facilities at the FIT Hotel. Lockers are also provided in the dormitory rooms and luggage storage is available.
The front desk of this New York City hostel is open 24 hours a day. It features daily housekeeping and free linens.
Times Square is only 10 minutes via underground journey.