Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.

Bay Ridge

5th Avenue and 86th Street circa the 1940s, photographer unknown. Photo via the Bay Ridge Historical Society

Made famous for its blue-collar Italian Catholic community and love of disco in Saturday Night Fever, today Bay Ridge is home to one of the city’s largest Middle Eastern populations. But what’s in its name? (more…)

Affordable Interior Design in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Evan Schwartz and his wife, Rebekah, were “tired of spending all their money on rent,” so they left Park Slope and migrated south to Bay Ridge.

“At first I pooh-poohed the idea, but 24 hours later it was a done deal,” said Schwartz, an interior designer for private clients and Homepolish, a company that provides affordable by-the-hour design services. “The streets are wide, it’s quiet, there’s good food. Yes, the commute to Manhattan is annoying, but the rent is reasonable and you get more space.” (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

By 1880, Bay Ridge was developing as one of Brooklyn’s premier suburban neighborhoods. Its greatest asset was that wonderful view of New York Bay and the Narrows — close to New Jersey, while simultaneously tied to Downtown Brooklyn and on to Manhattan by trolleys, roads and ferries.

Many of Brooklyn’s moneyed folk were looking to Shore Road as a grand location for second homes. The largest of these homes was owned by Henry Murphy, a lawyer, past mayor of Brooklyn, Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to The Hague and one of the most influential voices in advocating the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. (more…)

Sailors Carnival Bay Ridge -- Nautical Fun On Veterans Memorial Pier

A day of nautical fun is coming to Bay Ridge for local landlubbers and seafarers alike.

The Sailors Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 26 at the 69th Street American Veterans Memorial Pier. Sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, the festival will feature miniature golf with “nautical obstacles,” bell strikers, sand art, foil boat building and other briny activities.

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It may be hard to picture now, but Bay Ridge was initially a summer destination for wealthy industrialists, who built mansions on the bluffs overlooking the Narrows. That history and the changes the neighborhood has seen since will be on the agenda Sunday at a Municipal Art Society walking tour of the neighborhood’s northwestern precincts.

Led by architectural historian Melanie Macchio, the tour will take in gas-lit brownstones, Victorian mansions, prewar apartment buildings, and shoreline parks with panoramic views of New York Harbor. (more…)

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The photos in this listing for 457 77th Street in Bay Ridge are not the best we have seen, but they reveal a well kept circa-1900 townhouse with oodles of details. These include stained glass, parquet with a zig-zag border, a dining room with wainscoting, a built-in sideboard, several wood mantels, and an elaborate screen.

The wood work does look as though it’s gleaming, and the listing says it was restored.

The house is set up as two floor-through apartments with a professional office on the garden floor (aka a two-family with a commercial unit). Taxes last year were $6,885, according to PropertyShark. Bathrooms, windows and heat are updated, according to the listing.

Does the ask of $1,295,000 seem about right to you?

457 77th Street [Jabour Realty] GMAP
Photos by Jabour Realty (more…)

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The nation will be awash in parades commemorating fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend — but only one has run continuously since Civil War casualties were recent memories.

That would be the Kings County Memorial Day Parade, which kicks off for the 148th year in Bay Ridge on Monday. Run by the United Military Veterans of Kings County, it brings together veterans from every war going back to WWII, along with high-school marching bands, Irish pipers, antique cars, fleet week sailors and contingents from the FDNY and NYPD. Everything you want from a Memorial Day parade, in other words.

Leading the throng will be Grand Marshal Howard Dunn, a WWII vet and lifelong Bay Ridge resident. (more…)