neighbor to the south has been around for quite a long time.
Since 1662 when it was part of the town of New Utrecht. Sunset
Park from around 39th street to 65th street was at one time
a part of Bay Ridge. Indeed the Bay Ridge Post Office, the namesake
of the neighborhood is still loacated in Sunset Park at 7th
Ave. and 51st street. Today Bay Ridge comprises the area south
of 65th street. It was at one time a neighborhood that was mainly
setteled by immigrants from Norway, Finland and other Nordic
countries. Indeed, the Norwegian day parade is still an annual
event with Many coming from other parts of the metropolitan
area to attend the parade.
the neighborhood boasts a sizeable Irish, Italian and Greek
population. Until recent times Bay Ridge boatsted one of the
largest Irish immigrant populations in the metro area. Like
all the neghborhoods the area is quickly changing with the influx
of Russian and Chinese immigrants into the area. In the last
ten years the area south of 65th street and 5th Avenua has seen
a growing Arab muslim population mostly of Palestinian background.
almost any angle the main icon that can be seen is the massive
Verazzano Narrows bridge which can also be seen from Sunset
Park. The neighborhood boasts many fine restaurants along third
avenue. In recent years the are along 5th Avenue has seen the
rise of many upscale eating and dining establishments as well
as many retail establishments that give the area an upscale
than duplicate what has already been written I will rather link
to other sites that have a bit of the history
of Bay Ridge. There is also more history to be had
here. As this website takes shape over the coming months
we hope to be writing and adding to the knowledge base of our
southern neighbor. Feel free to comment and perhaps contribute
articles of our area.