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Come see tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s 69th Street Pier

Eye on Real Estate

August 8, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This is Madeline Court, a Bay Ridge cul-de-sac with Tudor rowhouses.  Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Short streets, long on charm.

Bay Ridge is full of them.

The southwest Brooklyn shoreline neighborhood has picturesque single-block streets and privately owned cul-de-sacs, some of which are pedestrian pathways rather than roads for cars.

Stroll with us in search of these tucked-away treasures, which are sprinkled throughout Bay Ridge from Cannonball Park by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Owl’s Head Park at the neighborhood’s north end.

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Everybody in Bay Ridge loves the 69th Street Pier, with its excellent views of Lower Manhattan skyscrapers and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Now that the NYC Ferry stops at the pier, it’s especially popular.

When you visit the American Veterans Memorial Pier, as it’s officially called, there’s an interesting walk to take afterwards. Head up 69th Street — or Bay Ridge Avenue, which is what the street signs say. You’ll find several single-block streets, all picturesque and peaceful.

Start at Madeline Court, the street that’s furthest from the pier. This cul-de-sac is on the block between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue. To find Madeline Court’s entrance, walk up the avenue and around the corner to 68th Street.

Madeline Court is lined with red-brick Tudor-style rowhouses built in the 1940s. They are decorated with timber and have slate roofs.  

To give you an idea of what the homes are worth, last year 6821 Madeline Court sold for $890,000, city Finance Department records show.


Cobblestones on Bay Ridge Place

After you see Madeline Court, walk back to 69th Street — aka Bay Ridge Avenue — to find the entrance to Bay Ridge Place. It, too, is located between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue.

There are cobblestones on Bay Ridge Place — and creamy-hued, barrel-shaped rowhouses that are a century old.

It’s a full-block street, not a dead-end, that runs from 69th Street to Ovington Avenue.  

You should also see three other tiny streets near the 69th Street Pier:

* Bay Cliff Terrace is a dead-end street with its sole entrance on 68th Street on the block between Ridge Boulevard and Colonial Road.

It is lined with terrific brick Tudor rowhouses, some with colorful decorative accents.  

* On the block between Colonial Road and Narrows Avenue, there’s a single-block street called Bliss Terrace. It runs between 68th Street — which serves as a border of Owl’s Head Park at this point — and 69th Street.

The land where the park is located was originally industrialist Eliphalet W. Bliss’s estate. He bequeathed the property to the city. Bliss Terrace is named after him.

Many of the street’s handsome brick rowhouses have lovely front gardens.

To give you an idea of what the homes are worth, 6825 Bliss Terrace sold for $1.1 million in February 2017, Finance Department records indicate.

And 6806 Bliss Terrace sold for $729,000 in a November 2015 estate sale, Finance Department records show.

* Owls Head Court is located between Narrows Avenue and Shore Road, just a block away from the entrance to the 69th Street Pier.

That’s not a typo. The city Buildings Department and Finance Department do not use an apostrophe in the word “Owls” when referring to this street.

Owls Head Court, which is lined with small, low-rise brick apartment buildings, runs between the 68th Street border of Owl’s Head Park and 69th Street.


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