From the park I could see the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and knew I wanted to explore DUMBO before crossing the bridge, and I had been there a couple years earlier and obviously it was right beneath and between the two bridges so it was impossible to get lost.
I headed towards the river between the bridges and quickly found myself enclosed by cobblestone streets with train tracks. Some had been paved over and had their tracks removed, but many of the streets were still intact, and even some that were tarmaced over had hints of rails poking out of the surface like they were fighting to resurface.
Down Pearl Street I found a neat little cafe with tables and umbrellas out in front that mirrored the cafe in the games. I filmed here for a moment and then sat down at a bench amongst the tables carved out of driftwood, a probable touch of a lot of the art activity that goes on in the neighborhood. I opened my DSi here, which was playing Pokémon Black, and found that someone was actually nearby using the C Gear! This was the first time I encountered someone by chance using the C Gear, and odds are they were actually inside that very cafe, but I didn't want to freak anyone out by looking for them, so I packed up and went on exploring.
I found furniture stores, art studios, theaters, and decor shops in the warehouses just as depicted in Nacrene City in both the games and anime. I also found a place that babysat dogs. Many of the warehouses were still in service as warehouses too, I saw one 18 wheeler struggling for several minutes to maneuver into a warehouse in the narrow, cramped street. I couldn't help but notice that if a train were attempting the same maneuver, it would have done so with no difficulty, the train tracks into that very warehouse were still intact, I actually had to wait for it to move so I could film the tracks.
Some of the warehouses were boarded up and disused entirely, but signs announced plans for attractions like carousels.
One warehouse was gutted aside from its walls and just left as a sort of enclosed open space. Some family friends of mine actually got married here a few years back and this was how I first discovered this place and had long since intended to return, though I didn't think it would be in the context of sharing the real life basis for a video game world with the internet.
I then strolled through Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is directly adjacent DUMBO and in an interesting way analogous to the "open" section of Pinwheel Forest directly outside of Nacrene City, which may or may not be coincidental, though any basic online research of the area would reveal this detail if the game creators did any research via Google Earth or so forth, so mayby it was intentional.
At this point I was ready to cross the bridge, but needed to find a toilet and headed over to Camden Plaza again, in doing so discovered Tillary, which I knew from my map research was the street along which the pedestrian entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge could be found, so I was glad to have found it and it turns out the park is just one street over.
Though I didn't plan on it, I had to walk all the way through the park to find the toilets, which made for some great footage, and afterwords I walked back through and onto Tillary, and then straight onto the Brooklyn Bridge walkway, but that's for next time.