5 Best Places to Shop in DUMBO, New York City

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An artist selling hand-carved children's toys and a Japanese tea shop are among the pop-up retailers in this labyrinthine collection of independent microstores. The winding space has entrances on both Front and Pearl streets, and includes the atelier of long-term tenant Yoshi Sekiguchi, whose à la carte Teizo jewelry is also sold at the Guggenheim Museum.

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

The only New York City bookstore dedicated exclusively to poetry, Berl's is a family-run affair. The husband-and-wife owners are alumni of the Brooklyn Flea, and they fill their former gallery space with books by local and national poets, display artwork by up-and-coming talent, and host readings by published poets and Brooklyn-based university students. Note that the shop doesn't open till 2 pm.

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Outfitting DUMBO's cool kids since 2011, this shop curates trendy, yet approachable apparel, including bomber jackets and his-and-hers Burberry trench coats, plus other well-chosen odds 'n' ends, including antique Mexican glassware, Japanese ceramics, and bold-looking jewelry.

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The showroom of this edgy art-book publisher is a vision in concrete and steel. The bright bookshop sells design and photography books, children's titles, Brooklyn-centric gifts, and the latest new fiction and nonfiction books. The space hosts publishing parties, book launches, readings, and discussion groups. There's also a bar and café.


Pieces at this chic indie clothing boutique may not be one-of-a-kind, but we doubt shoppers will see anyone else wearing the same thing. Founded by three Brooklyn-based fashion designers in 2007, Trunk sells women's apparel, accessories, and jewelry created by emerging local labels. The industrial space resembles an art gallery, with concrete floors and overhead lighting.