Namesake of Neil Simonâ€™s hilarious coming-of-age play, location site for TV shows like Law & Order and Russian Dolls and known far and wide as â€œLittle Odessaâ€ 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, itâ€™s hard to imagine Brooklynâ€™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 NYCâ€™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.
Rental Prices:$958 ― $2,328
Sales Prices:$230,000 ― $559,000
Landmarks:Brighton Beach, Boardwalk