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Get to know Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge’s development as a neighborhood has been relatively recent history. The area was chiefly rural and something of a summer retreat until 1892, after which the construction of Brooklyn’s first electric trolley greatly expanded access. Whispers of the subway’s arrival spurned growth in the early 1900s, even though the first stations wouldn’t open up until the mid-1910s. By 1925, Bay Ridge’s population had doubled from where it was at the turn of the century. Today, Bay Ridge is a vibrant seaside community with plenty of open space to stretch your legs and even put down roots. And worry not about being isolated on the southwest coast of Brooklyn; the R train affords Bay Ridge an abundance of subway service. A ferry terminal on the 69th Street Pier also provides passage to points along the borough’s western shores and the Financial District in Manhattan.

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Bay Ridge Commerce & Culture

While some bemoan that the same national chains dominate retail in certain New York City neighborhoods, it’s a charge that’s entirely inaccurate when it comes to Bay Ridge. Though it may not be host to leading cultural institutions, Bay Ridge is (according to some) home to more happy hour bars than anywhere else on earth. Even if that claim is perhaps dubious, when you see the bustling after-work scene along Third Avenue, you’ll have no choice but to take it seriously. Nestled in the northwest corner, Owl’s Head Park is a green space for all seasons: One person’s summer picnic spot can be another’s winter sledding destination. Narrows Botanical Gardens is a haven along the coast, a thriving oasis created and maintained by the local community. Take a leisurely stroll down the Bay Ridge Promenade and soak up the scenic views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

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    Homes in New York City | View 9921 4th Avenue, 5I | 2 Beds, 2 Baths
    Bay Ridge

    9921 4th Avenue, 5I, Brooklyn, NY 11209

    • Apartment Building
    • 2 BD
    • 2 BA
    • 919 SQ. FT
      COURTESY OF CORCORAN
      $765,000