4 Hours in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Formerly a manufacturing district, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) is now a community proud to be home to some of New York's best restaurants, art galleries and neighborhood flair.

Visit the Henry Gregg Gallery, near the waterfront, for a sampling of visionary works by some of today's internationally acclaimed artists (henrygregggallery.com).

Unwind at The Wine Bar with a wide selection of red, rosé, white, sparkling and dessert wines by the glass or bottle, as well as cocktails like mint juleps and pomegranate twists (50 Henry Street).

Shop at the hip boutique Zoe for such upscale designer items as Tom Ford sunglasses and Diane Von Furstenberg evening dresses (shopzoeonline.com).

Dine on lemon-pepper hollandaise-glazed oysters, tender fallow loin venison and goat-cheese cheesecake at The River Café, which sits atop a floating barge just off the waterfront (rivercafe.com).

Stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park, an urban oasis that offers a variety of outdoor events, including Thursday-night films on a giant silver screen.