Bay Ridge Day Trip via Brooklyn Based12

Posted by Deirdre // 03-15-2012


Why thanks, Brooklyn Based for this totally rocking day trip itinerary! I can personally vouch for Bab-al Yemen and Tanoreen – the husb’s ethnic food obsession really hits its stride out here (plus our good friends and fellow ethnic food fascist dad is a local).

Ethnic food row by Anne Szustek

Schools are so-so, but improving I hear. Blocks are beautiful and single-family houses abound (somewhat affordably). Commute for anyone going into Manhattan is a BUMMER. Anyone considering  – or live in and love – “The Ridge” (as we call it)?


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  1. February 12th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    […] existence we’ve covered lots of alt Brooklyn hoods including Bed Stuy, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Lefferts, Greenwood Heights and Greenpoint. There’s also plenty of stuff on the […]

  2. Deirdre @ says:
    March 22nd, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Allison! I think it’s a great choice especially if you’re craving a real house (or a much cheaper apt) and even better if you work from home. Also, I would definitely call Bay Ridge vibrant! It’s just a different kind of vibrant – less hippy or hipster and more diverse.

  3. Alison says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve lived here for 4 years after being priced out of Park Slope. My husband and I were expecting our first child and needed more room. Bay Ridge was one of the few places we found that had all the amenities we needed along with affordable housing. You can find rentals for hundreds of dollars less than other neighborhoods, and you’ll have at least twice the room. Co-ops range in prices but there are still 2BRs for less than $300K. Houses are another story, but there are some gorgeous ones here if you have the money.

    We haven’t experienced the public schools yet but I’ve heard good things about them. Many of them have G&T programs and there’s one new elementary school and another opening soon. It’s very diverse here – it’s far from the Irish and Italian enclave that people remember from Saturday Night Fever. Many immigrants have settled here and there’s even a growing gay and lesbian community, which would have been unheard of in Tony Manero’s disco dancing days. There are many things for kids to do here – music and art classes, dancing, yoga, plus the Little Gym, Gymboree and Bounce U are all nearby. There are also quite a few private schools such as Poly Prep (worth a visit just to see the chickens and bunnies who live on campus!).

    As far as the commute: it’s not really that much worse than it was when I took the F train to midtown, because I started taking the express bus. The bus took just as long (about 45 minutes from northern Bay Ridge to 42nd Street) and was a lot more comfortable. If you work downtown, the bus takes about 20-30 minutes. The R train is local and can take forever, but at least Bay Ridgers get a seat. It takes my husband about 45 minutes to get to the City Hall stop. You can switch to the N or the D, but both are very crowded and not for the faint of heart. It’s my dream that NY Waterways will add a ferry to midtown from Bay Ridge. There was a short-lived ferry from the Army terminal to downtown – took 20 minutes and was wonderful, but service was limited.

    Bay Ridge is not nearly as vibrant as other Brooklyn nabes like Park Slope or Williamsburg, but the trade-off is affordable housing, diversity and more space. And it’s just a quick R train ride to visit Park Slope!