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Photoville and a Day in Dumbo

Hey there, lovers of NYC! Zlata here – another local who shares your love for this city and the tips on affordable or free events, even during times like these! Today I’ll share my day spent in Dumbo and the cool outdoor photo exhibit there.

I remember visiting the Photoville, an annual photography festival set up in shipping containers under the Brooklyn Bridge, in years past and immensely enjoying the talented photographers’ work from all over the world. The festival is free to attend and also offers on-site workshops (some are free, others charge a fee).

This year it’s a little different, but even though there are no shipping containers, the exhibit is still thought-provoking and engaging with an extended run from September 17 – November 29, 2020. Over 40 works are still exhibited in Brooklyn Bridge Park but there are also exhibits in other parts of the city. Check out this map for more details. The festival’s workshops are held online this year and there are tons of free ones, so don’t miss out!

On a nice fall day, hop on a NYC ferry to Dumbo – for only $2.75 per ride you’ll get the best views, especially if you nab a seat on the upper deck. Pro tip: download the NYC ferry app so you can purchase tickets and check the schedule in a snap!

When you get off the ferry, you’ll see some of the photography right away near the ferry landing, then keep going to your left towards the Brooklyn bridge. You’ll see photo works set up along the way and under the bridge. And if you have time, explore the rest of Brooklyn Bridge Park as some of the works are displayed along the waterfront too.

And whenever you need a break from art, the Old Fulton Street will welcome you with some delectable outdoor dining options. Try the NYC staple Grimaldi’s Pizza but if the line is too long the Juliana’s next door serves up similarly delicious thin-crust pies (since it was co founded by Grimaldi himself!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and will have the opportunity to check out Photoville and Dumbo!

And if you'd like check out my Instagram for more adventures around NYC.

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