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 & nearby Staten Islanders serving as an escape from hipster culture and gentrification prominent in other parts of the borough.
Narrows Botanical Garden
Explore local nature by taking a walk through the Narrows Botanical Garden. Created from unused space, the park is home to a variety of garden projects and animals cared for by volunteers. With Volunteering being an important principle here, the Narrows Botanical Garden is one of New York City’s longest lasting volunteer gardening initiatives.
Take the scenic route by walking down to The Belt Parkway Promenade. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the sunset and the Verrazano Bridge along the promenade.
Bay Ridge’s Theater Community
The Bay Ridge’s theater community offers locally produced original plays and 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.
About Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge was once home to a large Nordic community. Their heritage still lives on in events such as the annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade where people dress up in folk dresses. There are many hops and restaurants that embrace the Nordic culture of the area, and the Leif Erikson Park, named after the Viking explorer is just one of the many public places.
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.