DUMBO, Brooklyn

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Until the end of March, the popular Brooklyn Flea Market has moved indoors (from its usual Fort Greene location) allowing antique hunters to shop on even the most bitterly cold winter days (76 Front St., brownstoner.com/brooklynflea). And its location at the corner of Front and Washington in DUMBO -- that's short for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," not an homage to the Disney elephant -- makes it easy to combine shopping for vintage items with visits to the new galleries, restaurants, and stores of this neighborhood along the banks of the East River.

SHOPPING

Powerhouse Arena , 27 Main St., 718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com

A hip bookstore and art space, with exhibits, events and speakers, and an impressive selection of contemporary coffee-table tomes.

111 Front St.

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More than a dozen galleries are located in this building -- many featuring local photographers, painters and artists working in other mediums.

Half Pint , 55 Washington St., 718-875-4007, halfpintstore.com

Outfit the youngest members of your entourage in Brooklyn hipster style at Half Pint, which also has a large selection of toys and strollers.

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Pomme , 81 Washington St., 718-855-0623, pommenyc.com

A selection of toys and clothes with European flair.

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan Photo Credit: Newsday Photo, 2005 / Moises Saman

If you are looking for high-design home furnishings, check out Bo Concept (79 Front Street, 718-246-8188, boconcept.us), West Elm (75 Front Street, 718-875-7757), and the easily overlooked Tivoli Home, a small store with contemporary Scandinavian light fixtures and housewares located in the back of the Café-Bar restaurant (111 Front Street, 718-666-3050, tivolihome.com ).

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DINING

Grimaldi's , 19 Old Fulton St., 718-858-4300, COST: $

Located to the south of the heart of DUMBO, Grimaldi's is a Brooklyn institution, on every local's short list of the borough's best pizzerias. Expect a long line for a table, even on the stormiest winter days.

Five Front Street , 5 Front St., 718-625-5559, fivefrontrestaurant.com , COST: $$

Five Front Street's global menu (from huevos rancheros to roasted lamb sandwiches on baguettes) has been praised by Michelin Guides and others.

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Bubby's , 1 Main St., 718-222-0666, bubbys.com , COST: $$

Tribeca's Bubby's restaurant, popular thanks to its homemade pies and all-American comfort food, has a DUMBO outpost that is larger and less crowded than the original

TAKE A BREAK

If you are looking for a quick bite, Almondine Bakery serves sandwiches, croissants, and classic French pastries (85 Water St., 718-797-5026, almondinebakery.com ). Across the street, Jacques Torres Chocolate sells chocolate candies, bars, and cups of spicy "Wicked" cocoa (66 Water St., 718-875-9772).

MORE TO DO

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DUMBO is the home of a number of performance spaces and it's worth checking out the calendars of these venues before planning your trip the neighborhood.

Bargemusic , Fulton Ferry Landing, 718-624-2083, bargemusic.org

Intimate classical performances, with jazz on Thursdays, presented on -- yes -- a barge in the East River, not far from Grimaldi's.

St. Ann's Warehouse , 38 Water St, 718-254-8779, stannswarehouse.org

Through March 8, presenting director Lee Breuer's "Dollhouse," a "deconstructed" version of Henrik Ibsen's classic. Later in March, the Wooster Group will take over the space to perform an updated version of the Italian baroque opera "La Didone."

Galapagos Art Space , 16 Main St., 718-222-8500, galapagosartspace.com

The line-up of acts couldn't be more eclectic: Contemporary and classical musicians, performance and spoken-word artists, and even puppeteers. The stage faces an audience seated at tables that float above a shallow pond of water.

NEARBY

The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, is inarguably one of the wonders of America, a unique engineering and architectural masterpiece. Bundle up and cross from Manhattan on foot (starting from near City Hall Park) for a soul-stirring start to your day in DUMBO. (When you arrive in Brooklyn, head north to reach DUMBO, south to Brooklyn Heights.) Brooklyn Bridge Park sits in the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, which loom over this patch of green abutting the commercial heart of DUMBO.

GETTING THERE

BY CAR If you are driving to DUMBO, take exit 28 off of the BQE, a right on Front Street, and drive three blocks to the flea market. It isn't hard to find street parking on weekends, although there are lots that will set you back between $9 and $12 for a day.

BY SUBWAY The closest subway stops are High Street (A and C lines) and York Street (F).

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