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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, you’re 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
Need To Know
Bay Ridge’s borders are 65th Street to the north, 95th Street to the south, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the east and the Hudson river to the west. More »
With only one train to get into and out of Bay Ridge, transportation to the area is rather limited. Residents depend on buses to get to places besides Fourth Avenue. Taxi services are popular. More »
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Blvd. More »
6803 Fourth Ave. 8801 Fifth Ave. More »
High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology, 350 67th St. Fort Hamilton High School, 8301 Shore Rd. P.S. 185, 8601 Ridge Blvd. P.S. 102, 211 72nd St. P.S. 264, Bay Ridge Elementary School for the Arts, 415 89th St. More »
Total crime in the 68th Precinct was down 86 percent between 1990 and 2013, according to NYPD CompStat data. More »
Go here for hearty German fare like sausages served with sauerkraut and potatoes, and bier.
Skinflints bar and restaurant is a popular Bay Ridge institution that looks frozen in the 1970s.
Tanoreen is among the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Bay Ridge, attracting rave reviews and foodies from across the city.
Bean Post Pub
This pub boasts 21 draft beers and more than 50 bottled beers, as well as 13 televisions for sports games.
Meena House Café
At the Meena House Café, patrons can finish a meal with a hookah and watch a soccer match
Salty Dog Restaurant Bar & Grill
The Salty Dog sports bar is a favorite among firemen. The bar displays a vintage fire truck inside.
The Owl's Head
The Owl's Head, named for the Bay Ridge park, is an out-of-the-way wine bar that has become popular with local politicians.
Balady Halal Foods
This Middle Eastern grocer and deli has a definitive selection of spices, meats, rice, olives, cheeses and other food items.
The retail chain that opened its first store in New York City in 1961 is popular for discount prices on designer clothes.
Antique furniture and decorations store with a collection curated by owner Robert D’Amico.
Owl's Head Park
Owl's Heard Park is a community gem along the Brooklyn waterfront, and features breathtaking views of New York Harbor from its central hill. The park attracts visitors year-round, whether for sledding in the winter or cooling off at its water park in warmer months.
Shore Road Park and Parkway
The Shore Park and Parkway has 4.5-miles of biking and walking lanes along the coast down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Another attraction is the Narrows Botanical Gardens, which has stunning views of the harbor and is popular with sunbathers during the summer months.