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Everyone’s favorite street for photos in DUMBO is deserted

January 2, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Baby it's cold outside. So cold that nobody's taking pictures at Selfie Central on Washington Street in DUMBO. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

If you want a private moment at DUMBO’s prime spot for selfie-snapping, you have to try really, really hard.

​Selfie Central, the cobble-stone-covered stretch of Washington Street near the corner of Water Street, is normally a tourist magnet.

Visitors from all over the world go there to take pictures. The historic red-brick buildings there serve as a picture frame for the Manhattan Bridge, which is at the end of the street. If you squint and gaze into the distance, you can see the Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge’s supports.

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By day, by night, in weather fair and foul, people take pictures on Washington Street.

If you want the place to yourself, the best time to go is early on a weekday morning — when tourists are still indoors drinking coffee at neighborhood eateries and it’s extremely cold outside.


The day this picture of Selfie Central was taken, when no other shutterbugs could be found, the temperature was 24 degrees.

The Manhattan Bridge looked beautiful even in the ugly cold.

That morning, Brooklyn Bridge Park was pretty much deserted when these other pix of Manhattan Bridge were snapped. There weren’t even any dog-walkers on the shoreline.

Another great vantage point for photographing the Manhattan Bridge is the roof of the landmarked Empire Stores complex.

Normally, the public space up on the rooftop is full of folks taking photos. Guess what? It was empty.


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