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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New York City Neighborhoods
Bath Beach, Brooklyn

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Bath Beach's borders are Shore Parkway along Gravesend Bay to the south, 86th Street to the north, 14th Avenue to the west and 23rd Avenue to the east. Bath Beach is located in Brooklyn Community District 11.


Bath Beach was originally part of the town of New Utrecht, which was incorporated into Brooklyn in 1894. Around the turn of the century, the area gained popularity as a seaside resort area for the elite, and large homes and yacht clubs sprung up in the neighborhood. With the arrival of rail transit in 1916, Jewish and Italian families from Manhattan began moving to Bath Beach. But during the Depression, the influx of working-class families increased, and small houses and apartment buildings replaced the grand homes. After World War II, landfill increased the size of the area, and the construction of the Belt Parkway stimulated more development. In 1949, Fred Trump (Donald's father) built the 32 building Shore Haven apartment complex, which contains 1,343 rental units.


Today, Bath Beach remains a comfortable, well-maintained neighborhood of working- class families. Home to generations of Italian Americans, the neighborhood has recently begun to attract immigrants from Russia and Asia. Neighborhood amenities include the 19- acre Bensonhurst Park, a waterfront walkway and the New Utrecht branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Located nearby is the 73-acre Dreier-Offerman Park. The main shopping strip, 86th Street, offers a diverse array of shops and services. A shopping center at Bay Parkway and Shore Parkway contains a number of bigger stores and restaurants, such as Kmart and Toys 'R' Us.

The D and M trains make several stops in Bath Beach. Several local buses run through the neighborhood, and express buses take you to lower and midtown Manhattan.
There are two public elementary schools in Bath Beach. Middle school students attend I.S. 201 in Dyker Heights. For high school, students attend either Lafayette High School or New Utrecht High School. Two local parochial schools serve children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
Housing Stock:

Bath Beach is greener and less dense than surrounding neighborhoods. The housing stock is diverse, consisting primarily of one- and two-family frame or brick houses, with some three- and four-family houses, co-ops and condominiums.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the big dailies, try local Brooklyn papers such as The Spectator and The Home Reporter, or Home Sweet Home and the Homefinder magazines, which are distributed in local supermarkets. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, or HomeStore.

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