Bay Ridge, commonly referred to as "Brooklyn's Gold Coast," is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of Brooklyn, bounded by Sunset Park on the north, Seventh Avenue and Dyker Heights on the east, The Narrows Strait, which partially houses the Belt Parkway, on the west and the Verrazano bridge on the south. Bay Ridge played an important role in harbor defense during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. US Military personnel still reside at nearby Fort Hamilton, the only active US Military base in New York City.
At the turn of the 20th century, prime water views attracted affluent Manhattanites and their extravagant taste in real estate to Bay Ridge. The breathtaking mansions that line Colonial Road, Narrows Avenue and Shore Road once served as summer homes for the wealthy. Today, Bay Ridge is largely middle-class with a strong family presence, and remains one of the city's most affordable neighborhoods. It is not uncommon to see third or fourth generation families living in the region. Where real estate is concerned, Bay Ridge offers a number of options: Houses and condos for sale, apartments for rent and stunning water views. Bay Ridge also has lovingly kept, turn-of-the-century single-family brick, stucco and limestone homes for sale. Bay Ridge was chosen as an "Editor's Pick" in This Old House magazine in April 2011, as one of the best neighborhoods to buy a historic home.
Bay Ridge has many international restaurants and bars along Third Avenue's Restaurant Row, the pride of local foodies. Tanoreen restaurant serves a blend of classical Middle Eastern home-style cooking with delicious Mediterranean aromas. The Tuscany Grill, a beloved Italian café, features excellent contemporary Tuscan food at midrange prices. Nouvelle specializes in “fusion”, combining appealing attributes of French, Japanese, Italian, Thai, and Spanish culinary styles to create unique dishes prepared with uncommon perfection. You can find brand-name stores like The Gap and Century 21 on 86th Street, but there are plenty of opportunities to support local business along 3rd and 5th Avenues. Experience a true Brooklyn deli at Frank and Eddie’s Meat Market, complete with heaping deli sandwiches and a wide variety of meats. Named "Bay Ridge's Town Hall" by Councilman Vincent Gentile, long-time residents and families who are new to the neighborhood meet every Saturday to shop, share recipes and catch up at the Bay Ridge Greenmarket, a gathering space for the tight-knit community.
Another popular neighborhood attraction is the 69th Street Pier, which features a sculpture that emits a beam of light as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11. The Harbor Defense Museum, a National historic landmark built in 1825, contains artifacts and exhibits that explain the history of Fort Hamilton and its role in the defense of New York. Owl's Head Park, once the home of Senator Murphy of the City of Brooklyn, is a 27-acre landmark with a state-of-the-art skate park, dog run, children's playground and basketball courts. The spacious property also contains rolling hills, pathways, and incredible views of the New York skyline and striking Verrazano Narrows Bridge.