Bergen Beach, originally an island off the cost of Canarsie, was joined to the mainland in the early 20th century via landfill. Today, the neighborhood is the site of numerous townhouses and condominiums, the result of rapid development in the past decade. Considered by residents to a nice, quiet, convenient neighborhood, Bergen Beach also offers real estate at about half the price of Manhattan with access to a beautiful marine park on Jamaica Bay. However, the tradeoff is accessibility –Bergen Beach does not have subway service so residents must take the B and Q train to Avenue U or Kings Highway stations before riding on the B3 or B100 buses. Additionally, Bergen Beach’s commercial options aren’t as developed as its residential areas. Necessities are easily available but Bergen Beach is not the neighborhood for restaurant or nightlife enthusiasts.