Brooklyn’s most photographed block opens for outdoor dining

July 6, 2020

Courtesy of the Dumbo Improvement District

Over the weekend, nearly two dozen streets currently closed to cars opened to outdoor dining, including one of New York City’s most photographed blocks. In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo, outdoor dining was expanded onto several streets, like on Washington Street between Water Street and Front Streets, where the Manhattan Bridge is perfectly framed between buildings. As part of the expanded open restaurants program, the Dumbo restaurants can take over the streets on Friday nights and weekends only.

Courtesy of the Dumbo Improvement District

Other streets dedicated to weekend dining in Dumbo include Dock Street from Front Street to Water Street, Main Street from Plymouth Street to Water Street, and Anchorage Place from Water Street to Front Street. On Washington Street’s cobblestone block, squares clearly mark spaces between tables.

Some restaurants open include Juliana’s Pizza, Gran Electrica, OddFellows Ice Cream, Seamore’s Seafood, Celestine, Front Street Pizza, Almar, Superfine, Los Tacos Al Pastor, and Archway Cafe.

Overseen by the Dumbo Business Improvement District, the neighborhood features “fence art” with the words “love” and “unity” spelled out. Plus, large inflatable elephants are being used as social distancing barriers.

The first group of temporary street closures for outdoor dining citywide kicked off July 4 weekend, with seating offered from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday nights and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. The second batch of street closures will begin on July 17. This initiative will run until Labor Day on September 7.


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