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…)

Bay Ridge Brooklyn Bay Ridge Branch Brooklyn Public Library History

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.



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…)

457 77 street2

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…)


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…)

178 68th street2

Here’s a listing for an entire townhouse in Bay Ridge. It’s got some great details, including herringbone floors, coffered ceilings and built-ins.

There are four bedrooms altogether. It’s only a few blocks from the Bay Ridge Avenue R stop, and Owl’s Head Park is at the end of the block.

The owner is asking $3,500 a month for the entire house.

178 68th Street [Dwell Residential] GMAP

Photo above by Dwell Residential; photo below by PropertyShark


We seldom see a listing as remarkable as this one. It’s like a time machine back to the early 20th century, when this house at 457 74th Street in Bay Ridge was built.

We were planning to feature it as House of the Day, but by the time we saw the listing it was too late. Just 10 days after listing, it was already in contract, according to StreetEasy. We reached out to the agent for more info, but she declined to comment.

The photos reveal a two-family house seemingly preserved in amber, with mantels and many other quaint details. We hope whoever buys it will restore it. No doubt it needs a lot of work. The ask is (was) $898,000.

Do you think all the original details appealed to the buyers, or was it simply the relatively low asking price? (Or something else?) Anyone care to speculate on what the final sale price will be? What do you think of the house?

457 74th Street [Caldwell Banker]


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We’re sure if you’ve spent any time in Bay Ridge, particularly on Ovington Avenue, you’ve noted this remarkable looking house at No. 457. And now it’s for sale.

There are no interior photos in the listing, unfortunately, but lots of information. First, it was built in the early 20th century by local developer Arthur Constant as his own house. Second, it’s chock full of original details such as pocket doors, mantels, stained glass, built-ins, pier mirrors, and even chandeliers and sconces, according to the writeup. There is a sunroom and a conservatory, and the mechanicals have been updated.

The floor plan shows what to us looks like a top-floor rental over a garden floor owner’s duplex, but the house is currently being used as an owner’s duplex over a garden rental. It will need restoration, according to the listing. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,650,000?

457 Ovington Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP
What’s up on Ovington Avenue? [Brownstoner]

Bootlegger, 1In 1920, a man named F. Donald Costa and his partner Joseph Brandino established a pharmaceutical company called the Adelphi Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company. Their main product was a miraculous solution called “Dandrafuge,” which could stop dandruff in its tracks and grow hair on a rock. The company also made other tonics and cosmetic products.

Costa and Brandino were establishing their company at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, that mythical time of ragtime, flappers and Prohibition. After January 1, 1920, thanks to the 18th Amendment, all forms of alcohol were now illegal. Because many tonics and medicines required some form of alcohol in their recipes or production, manufacturers had to obtain a permit from the government that allowed them to legally purchase alcohol. Adelphi had a permit that allowed them to buy 5,000 gallons of alcohol a month. They bought and used every drop.

Bottles of Dandrafuge were rolling off the assembly lines, and were selling like hotcakes, but not to those with follicle issues. Dandrafuge was incredibly popular to bootleggers. They bought up entire shipments, distilled the alcohol out of it, and made bootleg liquor and beer. This was not an unexpected by product of manufacturing, Costa and Brandino knew exactly what they were doing. (more…)