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For years, young professionals and
families turned up their noses at Bay Ridge, a working-class area of
southwestern Brooklyn, because of how far it is from Manhattan.
But as real estate prices in
trendier Brooklyn neighborhoods continue to climb, more and more city
slickers are taking a second glance at the "original Gold Coast," as
locals call the area. With its
phenomenal public schools, copious outdoor spaces, restaurant row, and
affordable housing, Bay Ridge has a lot to offer.
The influx of young people has also changed Bay Ridge. Trendy, pricey
restaurants have popped up on the main drag, a new crowd stays out
later, and rents have significantly increased. Suddenly, Bay Ridge's
lifelong residents fear being priced out of their homes.
The last shred of Old Brooklyn — the grimy, comfortable,
working-class borough where a cup of coffee cost a buck — is giving way
to "Girls"-era, hipster New Brooklyn. Let's see what all the fuss is