Neighborhood Guides

Bay Ridge

A slice of middle-class Brooklyn on the banks of the Narrows, Bay Ridge feels worlds away from the bustle of Manhattan and retains an old-school vibe.

At a Glance

The neighborhood where Saturday Night Fever was based has resisted the wave of intense gentrification that is sweeping through the rest of Brooklyn. Although it's becoming more popular with a younger crowd, Bay Ridge still remains a haven for long-term residents, local businesses and working-class families. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominates the skyline and single-family row houses make up the majority of the real estate market. Renters pushed out of Park Slope find a similar community here, but for decidedly cheaper rents.


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The Mood

There's a strong community feel with lots of mom-and-pop shops catering to neighborhood old-timers.

Heart of the Neighborhood

3rd and 5th Avenues around 86th Street are known as “restaurant row” and offer a plethora of cuisines from around the world.

Neighborhood Quirk

Made famous as the setting of "Saturday Night Fever," Bay Ridge has been home to generations of Italian and Irish families, but now is seeing an influx of Middle Easterners.

Best Perk

It's a great neighborhood for families with quiet streets and big houses. And those views of the Verrazano? Can't beat them.

Biggest Downside

The neighborhood lacks public transportation and residents have long commutes. The R train takes 45 minutes into Midtown Manhattan.

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By the Numbers

Bay Ridge offers more affordable housing options than many Brooklyn neighborhoods. Buyers and renters can expect to find large homes - often with multiple floors, driveways and outdoor space - for much less than the typical one- or two- bedroom.

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Food & Drink

Bay Ridge’s restaurant scene reflects the influence of its immigrant population. There’s a little something for everyone.

Petit Oven

French, American (New)

Seasonal, farm-to-table fare at this intimate French bistro.

Brooklyn Beet Company

Modern European

Central European staples and a quirky burger are on the menu here, with ingredients sourced from the rooftop garden.


A neighborhood institution serving consistently delicious Middle Eastern food.

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