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“Smaller than it sounds, could be better”
Review of Sheepshead Bay

Ranked #43 of 240 things to do in Brooklyn
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

I've been to Sheepshead Bay a few times when I lived in Brooklyn mainly to go to a stadium movie theater there and go to restaurants on Emmons Avenue. The bay it is named after is due to a fish there and is much smaller than it sounds. Honestly I was expecting more the times I was here. The housing stock is mostly small houses and medium size apartment buildings none of which are truly impressive, the waterfront to walk along is OK, and the seafood restaurants here are not as good as what one will find on City Island to say the least. To emphasize the seafood restaurant selection here, I tend to prefer Brooklyn more than the Bronx in most restaurant categories but in this particular category, I will emphasize Sheepshead Bay is not worth coming to for it and one is better off going to the Bronx instead. The subway service to this neighborhood also isn't great, it is at the edge of the neighborhood closer to Gravesend and Brighton Beach. The belt parkway passes through the neighborhood and can be accessed but it seems to be located at the start of a traffic jam in a point of no return around Sheepshead Bay. Overall this neighborhood while it has its strengths is not easy to find and is not really worth a special trip down to it.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Let me say this first - I lived in Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach. OK. I was also a member of the Miramar Yacht Club and my sailboat was moored in the Bay. I even wrote about this in a book I wrote Sailing from Brooklyn. After over 20 years away, in Florida, I returned to check out what had changed. And as they say in France: the more things change, the more they remain the same. (You thought I was going to do "le plus les changez...). Forty years ago it was in Sheepshead Bay, standing in front of the subway stop,waiting for my girlfriend to pick me up) that I discovered that New York City was really a conglomeration of small cities, say each with 250,000 residents. The Bay was a fishing village, albeit with some renowned comedy clubs and very good local Italian and seafood restaurants. FWIL Lundy Brothers restaurant was open then too. Well that barn on the edge of the Bay has opened with some smaller venues. MoMo is very good. For the woman shopper, the legendary Loehmann's has replaced a row of fresh seafood shops. The party boats are still there and in my humble opinion they are the best family bargain in the entire City. It does not matter whether the blues are running or not. The trip, whether, day, afternoon or night, is a spectacular offering, even if you have never fished before in your life. And a night on the water, watching the sunset over Jersey, baiting your son or daughter's line, waiting for a fish to strike, Marvelous. Good restaurants are everywhere. Want a pleasant, quiet stroll. cross the footbridge and take a walk down the promenade in Manhattan Beach. Look across the water and catch the sailboats at anchor, maybe with some of their owners having drinks aboard. The night is soft, the air a cool caress. Walk down into the Manhattan Beach neighborhood. There are only 1190 houses here; surrounded on three sides by water. Many of the homes are spectacular. Who would believe that you are in New York CIty? Come on! Sheepshead Bay is a hidden jewel in the crown of New York and it only costs your time and the subway fare.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

It has a village like atmosphere, with a pretty harbour, there are some nice cafes and it's peaceful, clean and not crowded place. It's a good place for a quite stroll. A little getaway in the middle of the city.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a nice quiet neighborhood that is also quite diverse. There's the usual boats and restaurants along docks at Emmons Ave. There's also a trail that starts near the eastern end of Emmons Ave that is good for biking and skating. This trail runs parallel to the Belt Parkway and one can take it all the way to Far Rockaway and Queens. There's a beach along the trail that is right outside the border of the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood but at this moment, it is still being repaired from the damage caused by last year's hurricane.

Heading inland along the Q line, there are quite a few shops and restaurants near the Sheepshead Bay subway stop. Near the Neck Rd subway stop is a good Russian supermarket named Net Cost Market where one can find a good selection Russian food products not found elsewhere. The Avenue U subway stop is located in what appears to be a mini-Chinatown with a few large Chinese grocery stores and various restaurants.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Have been fishing for the past month aboard the Flamingo III located off Knapp St behind UA Movie Theater. The Capt is a very friendly and experienced. the crew was friendly and extremely helpful from the beginning. Capt Bob does everything to find you the fish Have had some great trips and with fall coming soon looking forward to some great bass /bluefishing.

Young Old Experienced or a Novice I would recommend them to all ...Give them a try you wont be disappointed

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