When you think of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, images of John Travolta's dance moves in Saturday Night Fever may come to mind. The movie, which was filmed in Bay Ridge in 1977, is just one of the historic pieces of the neighborhood's past.
Developed in 1879 as a resort town for wealthy Manhattanites (before then, farmers controlled the land), Bay Ridge's harborside location became a popular destination for all once public transportation began to service the area. With its quaint streets and ample park space, Bay Ridge today maintains the peaceful charm of a waterfront resort. Its borders are 65th Street on the north, 101st Street on the south, I-278 on the east, and Shore Road (and the harbor) on its west.
The family-oriented neighborhood, historically Irish and Italian, is home to a large Arab community as well as groups of Russians, Greeks, and Chinese-American citizens. Standing at the edge of the neighborhood is the beautiful Verrazano-Narrow Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.
Bay Ridge is a neighborhood known for its historic mansions and homes. The building pictured, known locally as the "Gingerbread House," and officially as the Howard E. and Jessie Jones House, was built in 1916. This landmarked structure is an example of the "Arts & Crafts" architectural movement. Other famed Bay Ridge houses include a home built for the founder of the Red Cross in 1900 and the James Farrell House, built in 1847, the second-oldest structure in the area.