Map and Photos of Bath Beach Primarily a working class community of semi-attached houses and small apartment houses, Bath Beach is becoming a diverse ethnic community as recent Chinese, Arabic-speaking, and Russian-speaking immigrants displace both emigrant and native-born Italian-Americans, who themselves replaced native-born German-Americans in the mid-twentieth century. The neighborhood contains a variety of small family-owned businesses. Its few chain stores are mainly located at the Caesar's Bay Shopping Center. Bath Beach, along with western parts of Bensonhurst contain New York's largest Italian-American community, although changes in demographics have begun to erode this very rapidly in the last few years. In 2007 there were about 62,000 italian-born residents in the city, down from about 180,000 in 1980.
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