Bay Ridge is bound by Sunset Park on the north, the 7th Avenue and Dyker Heights on the east, the Belt Parkway and the Narrows on the west and 86th Street and Fort Hamilton on the south. Bay Ridge is a largely middle class neighborhood. With its strong family presence it is not uncommon to see third or fourth generation families living in the region. Bay Ridge had a sizable Irish, Italian, Arab, and Greek population, but like other areas in Southwest Brooklyn, late in the 20th century it saw an influx of Polish and Russian immigrants, and lesser numbers of Chinese. In recent decades, many Syrian/Lebanese Americans have moved to Bay Ridge. Most of the Arab population is Christian, there are also small Muslim and Jewish minorities. Bay Ridge has many international restaurants and bars, especially along 3rd and 5th Avenue, its main commercial strips. Many refer to the community as “Brooklyn’s Gold Coast.”
Fort Hamilton, an active military base near the Verrazano Bridge, houses one of the neighborhood’s few cultural attractions, The Harbor Defense Museum. Another popular neighborhood attraction is the 69th Street Pier, at Bay Ridge Ave. (aka 69th Street) and Shore Road. It features a sculpture that emits a beam of light as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11. This popular pier is a favorite to the local fishermen who fish there daily. Very close to thepier is Owl’s Head Park. It is a 27-acre walking park that has a state of the art skate park, children’s play ground and basketball courts. Most of all, the best view of the Narrows off the West Hill.