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Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

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Sheepshead Bay is a bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn, New York City, from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally a barrier island but now effectively an extension of the mainland with peninsulas both east (the neighborhood of Manhattan Beach) and west (the neighborhoods of Coney Island and Sea Gate). The mouth of the bay is about 1.0mi southwest of Marine Park, Brooklyn. The area is part of Brooklyn Community Board 15.HistoryThe name "Sheepshead Bay" applies to the neighborhood north of the bay as well as the bay itself. Sheepshead Bay was named for the sheepshead, an edible fish found in the bay's waters. The fish, now rare, can still be caught in the local waters occasionally.The bay itself was originally the easterly entrance to Coney Island Creek, but the filling-in of the central part of this waterway during the 1930s, in conjunction with construction of the Shore Parkway portion of the Belt Parkway, eliminated access to that waterway. At the same time, the bay was widened, deepened, and bulkheaded at its western end. Recreational fishing fleets are now located there, though the fishing fleets have been shrinking every year and are being replaced by dinner boats. Holocaust Memorial Park, located at the western end of the bay, is used throughout the year for commemorative events.
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  • There are many restaurants on Emmons avenue with outdoor seating and music which make you feel like you left the city. The bay has lots of boats and sometimes people feed the birds (even if there are ...  more »
  • This is an area of restaurants (sea food and otherwise), housing (looks like a neat place to live), and the actual waterfront (which has changed in 60 years). With regard to the latter, it appears to ...  more »
  • Nestled where Brooklyn meets the sea, you can go on the fishing boats, walk by the water, and dine at a variety of restaurants. All at an unhurried pace.  more »