I love Dumbo because it feels like a community. Small business thrive; poetry shops, coffee shops, vintage clothes shops. I love Dumbo because there’s a train rumbling above every few minutes. The sound of the trains pulling themselves across the Manhattan Bridge makes it feel as though the neighborhood is moving, because it is.
Men and women are getting off of the F train at York Street and opening their eyes in amazement as they move closer and closer to the East River. Dumbo, I love you because I see just enough tourists walking around your streets with cameras and with smiles. Sometimes they travel in pairs.
A couple in from Russia of France, who've flown into New York for only a few days. They’re staying in an Air BnB in Brooklyn Heights. Their host has told them that Dumbo would be an interesting place to walk around for an afternoon.
Or entire class of students from a high school somewhere in the middle of Indiana. Their hotel is Midtown, only a few blocks east of Times Squ...
Located on the ground level of 68 Jay Street, Burrow Patisserie happens to be in the same building in which we here at Curlew New York reside. It's an intimate, warm, and inviting space that's just a few steps away from the main lobby's elevators.
Once you step inside, you feel as though you've stepped into an art gallery. You can touch the art. And you can also eat it. Not in one bite, but slowly, and delectably.
Each of the treats that the owner, Ayako Kurokawa, and her staff have put together are presented to you as worlds within themselves, with each accompanied by beautifully hand-written signs that describe the exhibit, and let you know the price for the opening bid.
While the treats are enjoyable enough on their own, the various espresso and tea drinks are made with focus and care, as they carry the taste and feel of a drink that has been made without rushing in mind.
They're delivered to you with a smile, and most often...
There's a quiet place by the water. It has views of Manhattan. They're stunning. There's no highway. The cars and trucks don't sprint by. There's no hum of their accelerating engines. Rarely will you hear a horn honk.
There are no stop-lights. Stop signs work well enough. Green taxis line up outside your door. They’re ready to take you anywhere within the five boroughs. There's plenty to eat. Some of it's expensive. Some of it's more affordable.
Some of the men wear suits. Others wear shorts and flip-flops in the summer. Some of the men wear suits in the mornings, then shorts and flip-flops in the afternoon. In the summer in Dumbo, Brooklyn the days are long.
The skyline is over there, in Manhattan. And here, just off of the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn and only a short jaunt away from Brooklyn Heights, there's the feeling that something significant is just about to happen.