Sheepshead Bay is a Brooklyn neighborhood that runs from Ocean Parkway on the west, to Nostrand Avenue, Gerritsen Avenue, Knapp Street and Shell Bank Avenue on the east, Avenue X to the north and the Shore Belt Parkway on the south. The approximately two-and-a-half square mile neighborhood, complete with piers, tour boats and an active seafood market, is named after the fish once found in the Bay’s waters, where recreational fishing takes place year round. With it’s own Yacht Club, bait-and-tackle shop and hole-in-the-wall seafood restaurants, the neighborhood resembles more coastal village than city. Conveniently located near the B and Q trains, commuters can reach Midtown Manhattan in just under an hour.
Sheepshead Bay offers a wide range of housing stock including low-rise apartment buildings, single -family homes and mid-century brick row houses. The area also contains converted beach bungalow colonies, as well as co-ops, semi-attached homes and townhouse duplexes complete with driveways. Most recently, new luxury condos are popping up along the waterfront with amenities like pools, gyms and parking. In the last decade of the 20th century, a real estate boom brought the reopening of the Lundy Brothers seafood restaurant, a landmark establishment that was once the largest restaurant in the United States, seating between 2,400 and 2,800. A rare but fine New York example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, its design features sand-colored stuccoed walls, low sloping red Mission tile roofs, arched entrances, arcuated corbel tables, decorative ironwork, and leaded glass windows. The historic landmark is now occupied by a luxury grocery store.
The main shopping and business thoroughfares are Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Ocean Avenue, and Nostrand Avenue. Several restaurants and sidewalk cafes that line the waterfront attract a diverse range of residents and tourists, many who saunter over the water from nearby Coney Island. Soviet-style restaurants and nightclubs such as Paradise and Baku Palace have also opened, creating an eclectic and entertaining atmosphere. For waterfront dining and authentic Italian cuisine, Il Fornetto on Emmons Ave. offers everything from fried calamari to wood-fired brick oven pizza, pasta dishes and fresh fish. Down the street, Randazzo’s Clam Bar features an array of seafood such as clams, lobsters, king crab and much more. On a hot summer day, head to the Arbuz Café for frozen yogurt, gelato and nutella smoothies. At Pier 5, the Sea Queen VII, an 85-foot luxury fishing boat, offers half and full-day trips for experienced fishermen and novices alike. At the western end of the bay, there is Holocaust Memorial Park, which is used throughout the year for commemorative events.