City Living: Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge in southwest Brooklyn has long been a haven for blue-collar workers and their families.
Scandinavian, Italian and Irish families have populated the neighborhood in the past, and today, Asian, Greek and Arab Americans also call Bay Ridge home. More recently, New Yorkers priced out of Manhattan or Park Slope digs are also moving in.
The nabe is close to the rest of the city, but far enough away to maintain its unique character.
It still has a small-town feel, said Jack LaTorre, a former cop who runs the Bay Ridge Historical Society. If you walk along Third Avenue or Fifth Avenue, youre going to still see mom and pop stores.
But these family-owned shops have been shuttering their doors of late, as store owners have retired or been unable to hunker down through the recession.
However, the Arab community that has settled in Bay Ridge has kept the small-business districts vibrant.
Not only have they been able to integrate, but they have been an asset to the community, said Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Bay Ridge-based Arab American Association of New York, located on Fifth Avenue and 78th Street. The influx of new residents has made the neighborhood a mosaic of newer ethnic cultures.
By DAN RIVOLI
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