Bay Ridge An Oasis Away From the Hustle and Bustle of City Life This southwestern neighborhood gives a homey, small town feel mixed with cultural diversity among its residents. Located at the foot of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Bay Ridge is a multicultural haven for local Brooklynites and nearby Staten Islanders and serves as an escape from hipster culture and gentrification prominent in other parts of the borough. Explore local nature by taking a walk through Narrows Botanical Park. Created from unused space, the park is home to a variety of garden projects and animals cared by volunteers. Take the scenic route by walking down to The Belt Parkway Promenade. Local residents come to this park year-round leisurely by running, walking, biking and etc. Catch a glimpse of the sunset and the Verrazano Bridge along the promenade. Though not as big as Manhattan’s acting scene, the Bay Ridge’s theater community offers locally produced original plays or musical adaptations of Broadway shows. BrooklynONE Productions is an audience supported local theater group which develops and produces original new, alternative and experimental works. Narrows Community Theater and Jeff Samaha Theater Productions showcase local actors and residents in self-produced musical performances. Bay Ridge was once home to a large Nordic community, the Nordic heritage still lives on in the annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade where people dress up in folk dresses. The neighborhood also has the Leif Erikson Park which is named after the Viking Explorer. There are many cultural shops and restaurants that also embrace the Nordic culture of the area. An escape from the busy city life, Bay Ridge offers a more relaxed pace for those looking to experience a different side to NYC. As a residential part of NYC, Bay Ridge is both family friendly and visitor friendly.