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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From the Edge of DUMBO

Below the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn
Photo by myself near the Manhattan Bridge, in Brooklyn.

Monday evening, people camped out on the bank of the East River to catch the sunset. The Lower East Side is visible, across the East River.

DUMBO describes the area near the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, in Brooklyn. The acronym stands for 'Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass'. The area is known for artists, renovated warehouses and some cobblestone streets.

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I finally left the house Monday, after staying many days inside, recovering from an illness.

Whew! What a day to be out. Even near sundown, the air was thick with moisture. It was HOT. The heat didn't stop others, though. Flocks of people were busy enjoying the view of Manhattan from across the East River, in Brooklyn Heights.

I walked a bit on and below the Manhattan Bridge. Then I walked a few blocks over to the Brooklyn Promenade.

Unfortunately there aren't any signs marking the way to the Promenade, a park-like area raised up above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with stellar views of Manhattan. If you're planning to visit, do consult a map, such as this one.

It's easy to get on the wrong level from the Manhattan Bridge area, and find yourself on desolate streets lined with uncharming warehouses. The promenade level is located above the warehouses, behind some lovely Brooklyn streets.

On the map, the promenade is not shown, but is located running along to the right of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Related posts: Sunday Morning, Along the East River, At the Foot of the Manhattan Bridge and On Bridges and Changing Times.

7 comments:

Fredrik said...

I never get tired of watching that bridge. I've seen it a million times. In films, sitcoms, still pictures. Definitely something magic about it. I really like the wide angle shot here, great work!

WTakeuchi said...

Hi Kitty!

Awesome picture! It is beautiful the movement that the picture has due to the perspective of the bridge.
Seems to be a great place to visit!

Glad to hear that you are ok!

Washington

Olivier said...

superbe vue du manhattan bridge, superbe quartier de brooklyn.

James said...

I was just in Manhattan on Saturday. I still need to go to Brooklyn or even the bridge one of these days. This a fantastic picture.

Spandrel Studios said...

The bridge appears to go on for miles and miles the way you've shot it - you've got such a good eye for what makes an intriguing photograph!

Very glad to hear you're up and about... A walk outside can do wonders!

Ming the Merciless said...

I've been there only a couple of times but I love the vibe of the area. It's a lot more relax than Manhattan.

Andrea said...

I can't stop looking at that photograph Kitty, it really draws you in.. I am a sucker for bridges anyway, great shot, well done!! x