Brighton Beach

Brooklyn

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Namesake of Neil Simon’s hilarious coming-of-age play, location site for TV shows like Law & Order and Russian Dolls and known far and wide as “Little Odessa” for its huge Russian population, Brighton Beach is not your typical New York City neighborhood. Surrounded on three sides by sandy shores and neighbor to the legendary amusement haven of Coney Island, it’s hard to imagine Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach as a thrumming center of one of the largest urban cities in the United States. Developed in the mid-1800s in an attempt to mimic the resort of Brighton in England, Brighton Beach was absorbed into Brooklyn proper at the end of the 19th century and shifted towards a dense residential area with the completion of the NYC’s Brighton train line. Russian and Jewish immigrants make up the majority of the population, a contrast of Eastern European survivors and sunburned City vacationers. The large boardwalk is a haven for runners, with nightlife springing up nearby at small restaurants and vaudevillian theaters. The practical desires of the largely immigrant community reflect in the variety of practical and academic schooling available. There are academic high schools, along with those dedicated to vocational training (William E. Grady) and the sciences (Leon M. Goldstein for Sciences and Rachel Carson for Coastal studies). The beautiful environment is surprisingly affordable, an ideal setting for those looking for access to beach life without the usual expenditures of the wealthy. Brighton Beach has the BMT Brighton Line, including the B and Q trains, which dock at Brighton Beach and Ocean Parkway stations. A handful of buses patrol in and around the area, including the B1, B36, B49, and B68. By Meir Areman.

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

B
Q

Buses:

B1
B4
B36
B68

Rental Prices:

$958 ― $2,328

Sales Prices:

$230,000 ― $559,000

Landmarks:

Brighton Beach, Boardwalk

School Districts:

21

Police Precincts:

60

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  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    I find it a little expensive considering the long commute times, but definitely a cute little neighborhood!

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