Though Bath Beach is located pleasantly on the Brooklyn waterfront,
its name may be a little misleading - don't turn your bathtub into
extra closet space in the expectation of access to public baths a la
its namesake Bath, England. Also, 'beach' in this neighborhood means
'promenade overlooking New York Bay', not sandy sunbathing. Like nearby
areas, Bath Beach used to be an escape from the hot summers in
Manhattan, but is now integrated into the city.
The area is still a retreat in some ways since it is quiet and
family oriented. The location roughly between Sunset Park's Chinatown
and Brighton Beach's Little Russia has led immigrants from those
countries to settle in Bath Beach, replacing the predominantly Italian
population as they migrate to the suburbs. The D & M trains provide
easy access to the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods, as well as
Manhattan. The Shore Parkway along the waterfront allows car drivers to
appreciate the views while zipping in and out of the area.
Bath Beach's views of the water and the Verrazano Bridge can be
rented at an affordable price, though there are few homes for sale.
Those desirable detached homes and row houses make up a large part of
the neighborhood, but there are more rental options in larger apartment