"I remember old Bay Ridge"
I moved from Bay Ridge in 1988 after living there from 1973. Got my first studio (1973) apartment (with a yard) for $90/month gas, electric included. Was a friendly, crime free area in the 70's. Virtually Norwegian, Greek and Italian ONLY. Lots of stores on 3rd ave between 69th and 86th streets and a short (healthy) walk down to Shore Road park or Bliss park. Churches, restaurants and bars/pubs aplenty. Good transit with the RR subway line and B63, B37, B16 buses. It was a wonderful time to live in Bay Ridge, Dyker or Bensonhurst. Safe streets ANY hour, day or night for women to walk. I wish I had a time machine so I could go back. The most beautiful spot in Bay Ridge?? The hill in Bliss Park over looking the 69th street pier and bay, now called Veterans Memorial Pier.