Sheepshead Bay


One of Brooklyn’s iconic neighborhoods, Sheepshead Bay was named after the sheepshead, an edible fish found in the bay’s waters. For most of it’s history, the bay has served as a safe inlet for boats to moor and provided a location for fisherman to sell their day’s catch. What once was simply a fishing village in Brooklyn has become a prime getaway less than an hour from Manhattan. From it’s fishing trips to it’s restaurants and nightclubs, Sheepshead Bay has a lot to offer.

Placeholder

The Early Years

Originally the easterly entrance to Coney Island Creek, Sheepshead Bay was mostly farmlands up until the 1870’s when homes, hotels and restaurants began popping up. By the 1930’s it was a bustling community that showed no signs of slowing its growth. They even widened, deepened, and bulkheaded the bay to accommodate the boats. Photo source: Welcome Back to Brooklyn by Brian Merlis

Mid Century

More and more boats found their homes in Sheepshead Bay as locals and city-folk alike were flocking to Emmons Avenue for the beautiful scenery and access to fishing the open ocean. In the 1950’s a fishing trip would cost passengers $2.50 for 6 hours. Photo source: Mike’s Maritime Memorabilia


Placeholder
Placeholder

Today

In the 1980’s and 90’s, Sheepshead Bay had hit an economic downturn that threatened the entire community. The local fishermen were hit hard, but stayed strong and weathered the storm. Now the area is more popular than ever and the revitalization can be felt up and down the piers. Photo credit: Nigel Morris

Thanks For Reading!


We hoped you enjoyed our brief history of Sheepshead Bay. Check out the links below for some more interesting information on our home, our story and other useful tidbits.

Placeholder
Placeholder
Placeholder
Placeholder
Placeholder
Placeholder