The soul of old Brooklyn lives on in this neighborhood overlooking the New York Harbor. Here, independent stores and restaurants have an old-town vibe: Think family-owned establishments with loyal, generations-spanning customers. The population has diversified in recent years, contributing to a renewed energy. Bay Ridge is a relatively lengthy subway or express-bus ride away from Manhattan, but many find its quality of life to be worth the travel time. The diversification of employment options within Brooklyn also makes the area increasingly attractive to younger professionals.