Sheepshead Bay extends far beyond the southern shores of the Brooklyn bay that supplies its name. Even at the inland center of this large, relaxed neighborhood, a hint of sea breeze and coastal charm can be detected in the air. The area offers a mix of classic NYC haunts and local quirks, making residents proud and inspiring newcomers to stop and linger.
The Q train cuts through the center of Sheepshead Bay. Get off at Avenue U and wend your way through the neighborhood, or wait until the Sheepshead Bay Q stop and find yourself right where the city and the water meet. Either way, you’ll find 1970s-era single-family homes, a long-established Slavic community, a burgeoning Chinese population and the strong scent of sea air.
Sort of. Before the Hamptons were a thing, New Yorkers summered on Brooklyn’s Gold Coast, a long swath of beach stretching from Coney Island to the far eastern end of Sheepshead Bay. The area was dotted with fancy hotels, casinos, racetracks and other rowdy, turn-of-the-century attractions.