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Bay Ridge is a neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The community was formerly called Yellow Hook and Yellow Ridge, for the color of clay found here. The name was changed after the yellow fever epidemic of 1848-1849.
Elevation is 85 feet.


Overlooking New York Bay
Bounded by 61st and 86th streets, Gowanus Expressway and Upper New York Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· Yellow Hook
Construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Staten Island forced 8,000 local residents from their homes. The bridge opened in 1964.
Filming location for:
· 1977 movie, "Saturday Night Fever"
Well-known residents have included:
· Didi Conn, actress and comedienne
· Henny Youngman, comedian
Local festivals include:
  • Norwegian Constitution Day Parade - May 20, 2007
  • Viking Fest - May 19, 2007
  • Ragamuffin Parade - Sept. 29, 2007
  • 3rd Avenue Festival - Sept. 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bay Ridge web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Leif Ericson Park, Shore Road Park, Owl's Head Park
Historic sites and museums: Fort Hamilton, Scandinavian East Coast Museum

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