Sheepshead Bay is a bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally a barrier island but not effectively an extension of the mainland with peninsulas both east (the neighborhood of Manhattan Beach) and west (the neighborhood of Sea Gate). It is home of recreational fishing fleets.
In the last decade of the 20th century, a real estate boom brought the reopening of the landmark Lundy Brothers seafood restaurant, which closed again in 2007, as well as the opening of Soviet-style restaurant /nightclubs such as Paradise and Baku Palace. The waterfront also experienced a growth of condominium developments. Emmons Avenue, the northern shoreline streets along the bay, has piers with an active seafood market and tour boats.
Subway service to Sheepshead Bay is provided by the BMT Brighton Line (B and Q trains), with local stops at Avenue U and Neck Road, and express-local stops at the Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Road Station. The main shopping and business thoroughfares are Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay Road, Ocean Avenue, and Nostrand Avenue. Emmons Avenue is at the west end of the shore Greenway which lies between Shore Parkway and Jamaica Bay, connecting eastward and northward to Canarsie and Cross Bay Boulevard. Emmons Avenue is a waterfront road with piers from which yachts and boats offer day trips for fishing and dancing.
Much like its neighborhood, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead is known for its high concentration of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Many stores and buildings are bilingual with both English and Russian signage. Other ethnic groups include Italians, Irish, Jews, Turkish, Chinese, and some Spanish.