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City Living: Bergen Beach satisfies your craving for real suburban living

If you want to uncover another trendy extension of the concrete jungle in Brooklyn, you're not going to find it in Bergen Beach, a leafy, cozy neighborhood in the borough's southeast corner.

But if a little slice of the suburbs is what you're after, look no further than this land of plastic lawn flamingos and driveway basketball hoops, tree-lined streets and family barbeques.

"I came from Las Vegas and I raised my two girls on my own here. I've loved it. I've always felt very safe. I would never move out of here," said Kery Chariton, a 13-year resident and office manager at Temple Sholom on 68th Street.

For the car-less visitor, Bergen Beach may seem nearly inaccessible. There's no subway stop nearby, and the best way to get around the area is to drive.

But residents say its seclusion is what makes the nabe perfect for community building: Since transportation is tricky, many spend their time with family and neighbors or at local recreation spaces like Joseph T. McGuire Park or the St. Bernard Clairvaux Church on 69th Street.

Shopping and dining options are also limited -- the largest concentration of stores is in the Georgetown Shopping Center and the Key Food Plaza in nearby Mill Basin. But residents say they enjoy hanging out at their houses.

According to Doreen Alfano, a realtor with Bergen Basin Realty, semi-attached one-family homes start at $600,000, while private homes on larger properties can go for up to $2 million. The stock is a mix of hi-ranches, colonials and split-level homes.

"There's a variety and that's what makes Bergen Beach nice. You can have an 80-year-old house right next door to a seven-year-old house," Alfano said.

During Superstorm Sandy, many homes along the Jamaica Bay shore were flooded. While the damage was devastating, the community's response was emblematic of the community environment in in Bergen Beach. Local volunteers came out in droves, preparing meals and clothing donations for those most affected.

"This is why I live here," Chariton said.

Tommy Panchianco, member of the Hudson River Yacht

Tommy Panchianco, member of the Hudson River Yacht Club, left, in his boat in the Paerdegast Basin with a view of the Freedon Tower in the background, in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, July 3, 2015. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

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    Bergen Beach is bordered to the northeast by the Paerdegat Basin and the southeast by the Mill Basin. Its northwest boundary is Ralph Avenue, and its southwest border is along Veterans Avenue, East 67th Street and the East Mill Basin.

  • MTA city bus News Transportation

    Buses: BM1, B3, B41

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    The closest Library is at 2385 Ralph Ave. in Mill Basin.

  • Post office News Post Office

    USPS, 1958 Ralph Ave.

  • An NYPD patrol car is seen in this News Crime

    Bergen Beach is covered by the 63rd Precinct at 1844 Brooklyn Ave. In the week of June 22-28, there were two robberies and five burglaries in its CompStat report. There were two rapes and two murders reported by the precinct in 2015 as of June 28, and crime is down 19% so far this year from the same time in 2014.