5.5 out of 10

Sheepshead Bay

Ranked 12th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.5968477313927 -73.9430448393982
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers


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1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5

"Overpopulated Refugee Area"

Majority of these residents, are immigrants, some illegal and some legal. Expensive rent, mostly russian and chinese owners here with million dollar homes. This area has no parking on streets. And there is alot of drugs here , vandalizism . Mostly a transcient immigrant community. Cost is high. And traffic and congestion is bad. This place was a great place 10 yrs ago and then came the worst... Much better places elswheres in brooklyn to socialize. You will feel like an outsider if you speak english.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Quiet waterfront community"

Historically known as a Russian community, Sheepshead Bay now has a far more diverse population. While the vast majority of the residents are still white, they come from a multitude of different countries and there is now a large Asian minority. The town's shops and restaurants, particularly those on Emmons Avenue, are reflective of the town's growing diversity. The housing options are also pretty diverse here: there are both attached and detached one- and two-family homes, as well as condos and co-ops. This is a waterfront community where you'll regularly see scenic cruise boats and fishing boats at the docks. It is also close to Manhattan Beach, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach. Public transportation options aren't as varied, but they are convenient, with two subway lines and express buses that run to the city. For drivers, Sheepshead Bay has easy access to the Belt Parkway. The school district is pretty good. P.S. 254 and P.S. 206 consistently report excellent scores, but the high school is just okay. A big draw for residents here is the town's affordable real estate prices, which dropped even more after the real estate boom ended. This isn't a cheap town, but homes here are relatively cheaper than comparable properties in other towns.
  • Close to the beach
  • Right next to Marine Park
  • Diverse housing options
  • Parking is problematic in some areas
  • Mediocre high school
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
funcrusher3000 Historically Russian? That's totally false, the influx of Eastern European immigrants to Sheepshead only started in the 80s.
ga2 I agree. I grew up here and attended all the public schools. This is the 60's & 70's. My school mates were middle class Jewish and Italian for the most part. Sheepshead Bay High School was excellent. Larry David and Terry Gross are household names today but humbly grew up here. Carole King lived here for a time by the Bedford Avenue park, as did I. As a child getting to Manhattan wasn't a big deal. The Subway was fine for a time. Once I learned to drive, as a teen, I didn't find it difficult to get there. As an adolescent, I had no issues bicycling around the neighborhood as well as heading to Prospect Park and back home. In Summer, the Bedford Park featured full length
Shakespeare plays. Was a neighborhood with lots of choices for children unsupervised! A suburban feel and city sophistication wrapped up together.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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

"Great Russian Neighborhood!!"

I used to live in this neighborhood with my ex husband who was Russian. It was the best place for me, great food, great shopping and perfect little homes. The subway was not far from where I lived on East 24th street, it was only about a five to ten minute walk. Not to mention it was within walking distance to the beach as well. Of course that is if you don't mind a brisk two to three mile walk, but I loved it so I really enjoyed going every weekend. With that there were also plenty of schools around for the kids and a mall also about two or so miles walking distance. Over all I would definitely live here again if given the opportunity.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"What's in a name?"

Sheepshead Bay is named for the sheepshead fish that was once found in the bay’s waters. Although, when you meet locals in the area and ask, “why sheepshead” they will convincingly respond that Sheepshead was named due to the area’s shape - the shape of a sheep’s head.

What remains factual is that Sheepshead Bay is a bay that separates Brooklyn’s mainland, and New York City (from the eastern portion of Coney Island). At the western end of the bay is a Holocaust memorial park that is used all year long for commemorative events.

Subway service is throughout Sheepshead Bay and provided by BMT Brighton Line, with many local stops. There are several public schools that serve the community, including Sheepshead Bay High School, Bay Academy, and Shell Bank Intermediate. Private schools in the area include St. Mark’s, St. Edmond’s, Kingsborough Community College, and part of CUNY or City University of New York.

The waterfront area provides much of the areas condominium developments. Along Emmons Avenue is where you will find many of the restaurants. The piers in this area have active seafood markets and tour boats.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

"Sheepshead Bay, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Brooklyn"

Sheepshead Bay is a nice neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York bordered by Coney Island. With beautiful views and a more classical New England feel. With prime real estate options, education, connectivity, and culture, Sheepshead Bay is a wonderful place to both live and to visit.

The heart Sheepshead Bay is the bay itself, a beautiful expanse of water filled with fish and boats. Piers, yachts, and private fishing boats are common to the area, and with the real estate boom and revitalization which occured during the late 2000s, Sheepshead Bay began to see an influx of residents, with the addition of several new apartment and condominiums all focused on the serene bay.

Real Estate in the neighborhood is varied, with apartments, brick row houses, and fantastic condominiums. Homes in the neighborhood sell for as much as $500-000-$600-000 while apartments are generally priced between as little $100,000 to $300,000. Renting in this neighborhood is always an option, as well as subletting, which can be done for as little as $800 per month.

Sheepshead Bay is a family neighborhood with several schools available for children of all ages. The nice homes as well as the stand-out educational facilities are a major attraction for people visiting this diverse area. Classically, Sheepshead Bay is populated by middle-class Russians, but over the years, the neighborhood has experienced a diversification, with a growing population of Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, and Middle Eastern residents.

The diversity certainly effects the offerings in the neighborhood in terms of food and entertainment. A majority of fine dining can be found Emmons Avenue, including several sea food restaurants, some selling the sheepshead fish the neighborhood is named for.

Seaport Plaza is a wonderful place to shop and to enjoy the neighborhood, and the Bay is a wonderful place for leisure throughout the year. Recreational fishing, sightseeing, and walks along the beach are most popularly done on Emmons Avenue, which borders the water.

Transportation throughout the neighborhood is made simple by the Brighton Beach bound B & Q trains stopping along the rail line at the Sheepshead Bay stop. Cars are popular in the neighborhood, as well.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Residential, not an easy commute"

Like most Brooklyn neighborhoods, this one is making a kind of real estate comeback, even if it wasn’t such a hot place to live in recent decades. This neighborhood is way out near Brighton Beach, so it isn’t exactly an easy commute to the city if that is what you require. This used to be the neighborhood where you could find Lundy’s – but that restaurant closed a couple of times and doesn’t seem to be anymore even if residents like to keep the rumors alive. This neighborhood isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot, but it’s a nice quiet neighborhood, close to…the beach.

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Best Streets in Sheepshead Bay


Ave Z

"A Very Convenient Street"
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East 8th St

"Nice neighborhood"
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"On Neck Road"
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Avenue West

"Quite and quant street with character"
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Ave X

"surprisingly dull street"
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Ford St

"On Ford Street"
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Unranked Streets in Sheepshead Bay

Knapp St

"Big street on the outskirt of Brooklyn"
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Crawford Ave

"On Crawford Avenue"
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"On Batchelder Street"
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Ave Y

"Not As Nice As The Other Avenues"
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