This Saturday we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and attended the Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) Art Under the Bridge Festival. It is about a mile to walk over the bridge; there were a lot of people and bicyclists, but somehow it didn’t feel crowded. The views were amazing and the area near the water, once you are over the bridge, is beautiful. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.It is the area in Brooklyn between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges as well as the neighborhood of Vinegar Hill.
We walked all around. The art was both outside and in galleries Much of the outside art was performance-based and interactive. In the galleries, there was a wide range of styles and types of art. 111 Front Street has many, many galleries including A.I.R. Gallery and the BAC Gallery, (Brooklyn Arts Council)
DUMBO has become increasingly gentrified and some of the shops were incredibly expensive. Other parts of the area, especially Vinegar Hill, retain a more gritty, industrial feeling. My favorite thing was Jane’s Carousel. Jane Walentas has been restoring this carousel for twenty-two years. She originally bought it from an amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio. In December 2010 the carousel will become operational in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Jean Nouvel, a Pritzer Prize winning architect, will design the pavilion. I love carousels and this one is beautiful.