Great photos of the area my parents called home when they lived in NYC. I have spent many summers visiting that area of NYC to see family. Everytime we would visit NYC, my mom would have to make a trip to 86th Street to go shopping at Century 21.
My parents have very fond memories of living in that neighbourhood. Of course my dad says my mom spent all his hard earned money on 86th Street
Originally Posted by Crawford
In recent years it has gotten rather diverse, but remains overwhelmingly white (European and Middle Eastern) and Asian. In addition to Irish and Italians, it now has large communities of Russians, Albanians, Chinese, Lebanese Christians, and Arab Muslims of all stripes.
The large white population is also from historical practices to keep blacks and other non-european people out of the neighbourhood. My dad tells me stories of how when him and my mom lived there in the 60-70's, real esate agents were not allowed to sell to black people or other non-Europeans. It was all controlled by the mafia.
While not in Bay Ridge so to speak, take a trip over to 86th Street and Avenue U, to L&B Spumoni Gardens. Best Italian food and Spumoni in New York. Everytime we go to NYC, my parents also have to make a stop there
Bay Ridge is a nice normal city neighbourhood where you can raise a family. It is not fully of trendy crap, or trying to be hip, etc. It is basically what a city neighbourhood should be.