Saturday, April 4, 2015

DUMBO and Tom Fruin's Stained Glass Exhibitions

DUMBO is more than a Disney character to those living in the Brooklyn neighborhood named after its location -- Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.
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Just on the Brooklyn side of the East River, this neighborhood formed as an industrial area, specializing in cardboard boxes and tea. Now, due to it's expansive view of Manhattan and the opportunity for tourists to get away from the city but still look at it, the area has turned into a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike.
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The Manhattan Bridge stands tall over the neighborhood, and the Brooklyn Bridge is it's next door neighbor. Industrial architecture creates a different kind of streetscape, and the pavers on the road set this neighborhood apart from some you might find in Manhattan and elsewhere in Brooklyn.

In the summer, Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts many events, usually free to the public. Art exhibits, free ourdoor movies, food trucks and music concerts are hosted here, and oftentimes an impromtu picnic could bring you some unscheduled event to enjoy.
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My favorite exhibit, here until June 2015, are the stained glass exhibits by Tom Fruin. Whenever we are on the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) or crossing into Brooklyn from Manhattan, I always find myself searching these guys out. He's had several exhibits these past few years, and in other large cities elsewhere as well. You can see a list here.

There are currently two exhibits that are available to view:

1. Brooklyn, NY- Kolonihavehus
Brooklyn Bridge Park (near Jane's Carousel)
September 2014 - June 2015

2. Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll
Public sculpture installation
Brookyln Bridge Park Pier 5
December 2014 
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These exhibits are here for a limited time, and I'm unsure as to when (or if) Watertower 3 will be removed. DUMBO is an often overlooked area that provides ample opportunity to walk in the industrial buildings, on original cobblestones and see some great free public art.

So tell me...
Have you ever been to DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park?
Are you mesmerized by stained glass like me?
Do you  have a favorite exhibit you've seen in NYC?

Let me know if you have any tips to add in the comments below!

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    1. Thanks! A (partial) redesign was definitely necessary!

  2. Looks like you are having so much fun, the carousel.

    1. It's not often you find a random carousel anymore, NYC has a few but they are nice to find :)

  3. I went to visit the DUMBO area about 2 years ago. Not being from NY I had no idea where to go or what DUMBO actually stood for so I was asking all of these New Yorkers who were giving me weird looks as in "You want to go where?" :) I eventually found it and immediately fell in love. The pictures you are sharing make me want to return. It is truly one of my favorite areas of the city. Thanks for sharing all of the awesome NYC Instagram pictures for A-Z.

    1. I imagine! But so many people who've lived here all their lives haven't felt the urge or had the opportunity to enjoy their own city. Many of the people you might ask for directions on the subway might only know their own subway line or commute. And, I guess the magic of this view could be lost on some. Hope you return to visit, there are so many great things happening now!


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