DUMBO

A stroll along DUMBO’s Jay Street

March 30, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
For Brooklynites in search of photogenic scenery, the most compelling reason to head for Jay Street is its direct access to this recently-opened section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Eye On Real Estate: One of the sights you'll see is the parking lot the Jehovah's Witnesses are selling

Washington Street is where the whole world stops for selfies. But DUMBO’s Jay Street has many charms.

It slopes down to the East River from the F train station on the corner of York Street. As in directly down to the East River. The payoff for choosing Jay Street for a walk is that down at the end, there’s a newly created entrance to a recently-opened section of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The first thing to be seen after stepping out of the subway station is the corrugated-metal fence around 85 Jay St. This is a massive parking lot that the Jehovah’s Witnesses put on the sale market in December. The site is zoned for residential development, and could go for nearly $400 million, we’ve previously reported.

On our stroll down Jay Street, eye-catching sights include classic DUMBO buildings like 147 Front St. and century-old warehouse 51 Jay St., which is undergoing a condo conversion. See related story.

If we wish, we could eat Mexican food, buy a bicycle or a new outfit for a grandchild or drink copious cups of coffee on Jay Street.

With Brooklyn Bridge Park calling out to us, maybe we should postpone the snacking and go take photos there.