My Neighborhood: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
By Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY
(Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate)
Sheepshead Bay, named for the fish that used to be abundant there, has been occupied by Europeans since the 1640s when English noblewoman Lady Deborah Moody planned the village of Gravesend which borders it. 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 and west. Sheepshead Bay is located at 40°15′N, 72°57′W. The bay itself was originally the easterly entrance to Coney Island Creek but filling 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 the creek. At the same time the bay was widened at its wes...