5.7 out of 10

Bath Beach

Ranked 31st best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.6035271924585 -74.0070078482971
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 21, 2017

"It's like a third world country now"

I lived in the area in the 50s and 60s. It is very different now. I am flummoxed as to why this would rank 7th. The streets are noisy and littered with garbage. It's also very crowded. I now live in a suburb and despite needing to drive everywhere, I like the cleanliness and the fact that there is lots of elbow room. It is also fairly far from Manhattan.

Unless you own a home here and are trying to sell it, I do not understand how anyone can say it ranks 7th.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
Cons
  • Fairly long commute to Manhattan
  • Boring
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The best for families and small business"

I used to live here. I still have a house here i put for rent so i come here monthly. Good for Russian and jewish families. A lot of small businesses. Many grocery stores. If you go south you will see a highway but then you see there are some over passes and if you go on them you'll see the beautiful ocean in any part of the town. If you are 17 the avenue and west if you go north to 86th street there will be many cool stores and the d train that will take you to manhattan.
Pros
  • good for owning a car
  • Affordable housing
  • Beautiful water views
  • Ethnic shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Diverse & affordable working-class community"

Located in southwestern Brooklyn, Bath Beach was once a Hamptons-like summer resort community for New York's powerful and elite. There isn't an actual beach there anymore; it was paved over to make a highway, but the residents still enjoy access to great recreational areas like Bath Beach Playground and the waterfront promenade located next to the Belt Parkway. Decorated with an ocean motif, the playground has lovely gardens, playground equipment for children, basketball courts, and roller hockey courts. The town's businesses are mostly small family shops and some chain stores. However, there are big-box stores like Best Buy and Toys R Us nearby at Caesar's Bay. The population in Bath Beach has also changed a lot over the years. Although it was once a predominantly German and Italian town, Bath Beach now has a far more diverse immigrant population of Hispanic, Chinese, Arab, and Russian immigrants. The main problems with living in Bath Beach include the noise from the elevated subway trains that pass through the town and the long commute to Manhattan. While public transportation options are numerous and diverse, the commute is still pretty time consuming. Overall, this is a fairly typical suburban community that boasts affordable housing and a peaceful environment.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
  • Ethnic shopping
  • Beautiful water views
Cons
  • Boring
  • Fairly long commute to Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Lots of schools and a diverse community"

Bath Beach is primarily a working class neighborhood with semi-attached houses and small apartment houses. Bath Beach has recently become an extremely diverse ethnic community with many Chinese, Arabic, and Russian immigrants as well as native born Italian and German Americans. As a result of the immigration, the neighborhood contains quite a variety of family owned and operated businesses. There are a few chain stores but for the most part small family owned commerce prevails. Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center provides most of the retail chain stores.

Some other neighborhood amenities include the 19-acre Bensonhurst Park, the waterfront walkway, and the New Utrecht branch of the Brooklyn Library. Transportation will get you anywhere in Bath Beach. The D and M trains make several stops in the area, and local buses run throughout the neighborhood. Even the express bus will get you into Lower and Midtown Manhattan.

There are two public elementary schools in the area. Middle school students attend I.S. 201 in Dyker Heights. There are two parochial schools serving children from pre-K to the eighth grade. High school students can attend either Lafayette High School or New Utrecht High School.

Bath Beach is much greener and more dense than other Brooklyn neighborhoods. It has everything one might need in a community and then some, as Manhattan is not far away.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Bath Beach - no longer a beach resort"

Bath Beach is located in the borough of Brooklyn, New York and is bordered by Gravesend Bay, New Utrecht, Dyker Beach Park, and Gravesend, not to mention near to the famous Coney Island.

The history of Bath Beach included an actual beach, but today, that beach has been covered by the Shore Parkway, leaving behind a somewhat harsh appearance. Residents and visitors can still enjoy the nearby beaches however. The neighborhood is comprised of apartment buildings and family owned businesses and is home to a mainly immigrant-based population of Irish, Italian, and Chinese descent.

The commercial street in this neighborhood 86th Street is filled with small boutiques and lower quality stores and some locally owned restaurants. A “good fellas” vibe still remains in the neighborhood, though drowned in changing times and styles, heavily impacted by the new ethnic groups calling Bath Beach home. Bath Avenue at one time used to house several popular restaurants and stores, but with time, has become a less desirable location to spend leisure time. A nice place to spend a day in this neighborhood is the Oceanview Tennis Center at 9000 Bay Parkway, though membership is a requirement.

Transportation can be a bit of a headache, with the slower D and M trains servicing the area. Some consider the best route to be the R train to the 86th Street stop followed by the B64 bus one stop to 86th Street and Bath Avenue.

Real Estate in Bath Beach is not as desirable as in the other waterfront neighborhoods of Brooklyn, with the average price to rent or sublet ranging from$500 to $1,200 and the average cost by buy beginning at $300,000. Mainly available are small apartment buildings and small free-standing homes, as well as condominiums.

Though to some a neighborhood long past its prime, Bath Beach, named for the beautiful Bath, England still has its highlights.

Places to Dine in Bath Beach:
Pino's Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria and Catering
2025 Bath Ave.
Hollywood Tans
1875 86th St.
Tommaso Restaurant
1464 86th St.
Villa Paradiso
1969 Bath Avenue
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Good luck finding me out here"

Hmmm… I’m not so sure I should direct this review at tourists, as it’s highly unlikely they’ll end up in such a place as Bath Beach. However, if say, either your Aunt Marie or Anastasiya lives here and you’ve decided to stay with them during your vacation, then you should check out Pino’s Italian Restaurant on Bath Ave. You can pick up a pizza, and you will hardly be disappointed.
If you’re thinking about moving here, it might be a good idea if you have a family with young kids or even if you want to retire in a New York neighborhood that somehow resembles suburbia.

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Best Streets in Bath Beach

1

20th Ave

4.5/5
"Best place for a stroll to the ocean"
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2

Benson Ave

4.5/5
"Always a place to shop on this street"
40.6055696854975 -74.0044296938274
3

Bay 16th St

3/5
"Filled with lots of stuff, but not alot of fun"
40.6046992881931 -74.0076979319536
4

Bay 11th St

2.5/5
"Bay 11th Street"
40.6071638275136 -74.0115502908465

Unranked Streets in Bath Beach

17th Ave

2.5/5
"On 17th Avenue"
40.6056479307522 -74.007919505426

19th Ln

2.5/5
"Old part of town with some fresh students"
40.5994070170108 -74.0056788835686

20th Ln

3.5/5
"You easily get lost here..."
40.5980784454896 -74.0034845325674

21st Dr

3.5/5
"A matchbox street"
40.5982857957114 -74.0024079983664

Bath Ave

2/5
"On Bath Avenue"
40.6037282876346 -74.0058761361731

Bay 10th St

2.5/5
"Bay 10th Street"
40.6075469725186 -74.0123159296024

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