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.....are magnificent views of the Narrows, and the Verrazano Narrows bridge that connects Brooklyn to the borough of Staten Island. Here you can see Shore Promenade that circles the perimeter of the Brooklyn coastline in this neighborhood.A view straight ahead of Staten Island:
To the north lies the Upper New York Bay and the borough of Manhattan, and many of these exclusive homes have this view.
An even closer view of the Empire State Building and a cruise ship that is using the relatively new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Some more houses along Shore Road.
Driving through this neighborhood we see many homes that look like they could be found in New York City suburbs.
Because property is so expensive in NYC, even in the outer boroughs, it is rare to see ranch style homes like this:
I showed this unusual stone house when I went on A Slice Of Pizza Brooklyn Tour, but since it is in this neighborhood I took a few more close ups.
Bay Ridge is also comprised of many other types of middle class homes once you go a little further away from the shoreline, and homes that are more representative of the types of housing that Brooklyn is comprised of.
Limestone houses attached on both sides, which are usually each two family homes with a rent able basement:
When it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor.
Presently, the fee to cross the bridge is a one-way toll (paid westbound into Staten Island only) in cash is $10 per car or $4.50 per motorcycle, and unfortunately there are no pedestrian or bicycle access.
From this spot I zoomed into a view of Lower New York Bay and the peninsula at the end of Coney Island that is called Sea Gate . This is a gated community of many expensive homes.