Host Your Event in DUMBO

DUMBO is a bustling enclave on the Brooklyn waterfront. Historic streets. Converted lofts. Quintessential old New York charm meets creative Brooklyn at its very best. With its breathtaking views, historic charm and flexible spaces, DUMBO is a remarkable, cinematic backdrop to any event.

The Venues

The DUMBO Improvement District maintains two public plazas in the heart of the neighborhood, available for events, markets, art exhibitions, commercial photo shoots and filming.



The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge is a spectacular venue, and one of New York City’s most unique public spaces. The cathedral-like Archway inspires awe, and is a fantastic setting for creative projects. This plaza is available for events, markets, art exhibitions, commercial photography shoots and filming. One subway stop from Manhattan and just off of the BQE, The Archway is easy to get to from Brooklyn, Manhattan and beyond.

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Special features:

  • It’s one of the only covered outdoor spaces in New York!
  • Surfaces ideal for projection, including projection mapping.
  • Free WiFi
  • Ability to serve beer and wine.
  • Opportunities for aerial documentation.
  • Robust community programming allows for pop up / branding tie-in to existing events if desired.

Space Specs:

  • Size: 35,000 sq ft, including 7,000 sq ft covered space under the Archway.
  • Power. 4 120v outlets in the Archway and access to 4 more inside the storage area. 1 220v outlet in storage area as well. No power access in the Pearl Street Triangle.
  • Lighting: 12 floodlights in the Archway; streetlights on Adams St and Anchorage Pl.
  • Bathrooms: indoor bathrooms at 99 Plymouth St; two port-o-johns on Plymouth and Anchorage maintained by the BID (seasonal).
  • Moveable furniture: 20 picnic tables in the Archway. 20 bistro tables & 40 chairs in the Triangle.
  • Event hours: 10am-10pm. Overnight load in/out available.
  • Non-union


Positioned at the main entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park and with sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, Old Fulton Plaza is a major Brooklyn tourist destination. Tens of thousands of people walk through Old Fulton Plaza on a nice day, making it a ideal for kiosk and tent activations, product demos, and sculptural elements.


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Special features:

  • Spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline
  • Free WiFi
  • Sculptural seating by local artist (can be relocated if needed.)
  • Proximity to tourist food destinations (Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s, Shake Shack)
  • Across from main entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park and 1Hotel.

Space Specs:

  • Size: 1,000 sq ft.
  • Power: No BID-controlled access to power, but there are two 120v outlets on the wall outside of Shake Shack; access can be coordinated with the building owner.
  • Lighting: only street lights available.
  • Bathrooms: public restrooms in Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Moveable furniture: 15 bistro tables and 30 bistro chairs.
  • Event hours: 10am-10pm. Overnight load in/out available.
  • Non-union

Event inquiries.

Get in touch with Clara Schuhmacher at or 718-237-8700 with proposed date and requested location and we’ll get back to you with next steps!

For large-scale events, it is recommended that you submit your proposal as far in advance as possible, at minimum two months prior to your preferred event date(s). Proposals for small and medium events may be considered with a lead-time of at least six weeks.

Note: All events in these public spaces must be free and open to the public. Ticketed events, weddings and all other private events will not be considered.

Photography and Filming Proposals

Groups who wish to use these plazas for commercial photography or videography must request permission from the DUMBO Improvement District in addition to applying for a permit from the Mayor’s Office of Film and Television. Fees are based on appropriateness to the plaza, disruption to the public’s use of the plaza, crew size, complexity of set-up, amount of equipment brought into plaza, and % of plaza used. You must also have liability insurance naming DUMBO District Management Association and the City of New York as additional insureds.

Looking for indoor event spaces in DUMBO?

Maybe it’s a cocktail party at Smack Mellon (a loft space that once was a boiler room for other buildings in the neighborhood), or a wedding at 26 Bridge (a former metal factory renovated and lined with the original brick walls). In any case, check out our roundup of available event spaces here.

Note, the BID does not manage these locations; you should contact them directly.