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Coordinates: 40.577798°′N, 73.956978°′W Brighton Beach may refer to the following places: Brighton Beach is a community on Coney Island in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

1873 map of the Villages of Unionville and Guntherville, part of the Town of Gravesend, the area of present-day Brighton Beach
1873 map of the Villages of Unionville and Guntherville, part of the Town of Gravesend, the area of present-day Brighton Beach
A Russian-language bookstore under the elevated train tracks in Brighton Beach
A Russian-language bookstore under the elevated train tracks in Brighton Beach
Newly built luxury condos on Brighton Beach
Newly built luxury condos on Brighton Beach
Where apartments and private homes meet
Where apartments and private homes meet
A school in Brighton Beach known as P.S. 225
A school in Brighton Beach known as P.S. 225
Brighton 15th Street
Brighton 15th Street

Brighton Beach is a community on Coney Island in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Charles Godfrey Gunther C. 1860 Charles Godfrey Gunther (April 7 or February 7, 1822 - January 22, 1885[1]) was a Democratic Mayor of New York from 1864 until 1866. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (816x616, 159 KB) Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, December 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (816x616, 159 KB) Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, December 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 321 KB) Summary A newly built cluster of high-cost cooperative appartments in Brighton Beach. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 321 KB) Summary A newly built cluster of high-cost cooperative appartments in Brighton Beach. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Coney Island (disambiguation). ... The Five Boroughs redirects here. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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Location

It is bounded by Coney Island at Ocean Parkway to the west, affluent, but non-gated Manhattan Beach at Corbin Place to the east, Gravesend at Neptune Avenue to the north (at the Belt Parkway), and the Atlantic Ocean to the south (at the Riegelmann Boardwalk/beachfront)[1]. Ocean Parkway is a boulevard that cuts through Brooklyn from the Prospect Park Expressway to Coney Island. ... Manhattan Beach is a beach on the Atlantic Ocean situated on the eastern end of Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. ... Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay), a pastel by William Merritt Chase, ca 1888 shows traditional catboats in the bay and the Navesink Highlands across Lower New York Bay. ... The Belt Parkway, or Belt System or Circumferential Parkway is a series of New York City limited-access highways that form a complete circle around the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. ...


Education

Brighton Beach, like all of New York City, is served by the New York City Department of Education. Affluent Manhattan Beach, New York is zoned to PS 225 The Eileen E. Zaglin School for grades K-8, as well as PS 100 located on Brighton Beach and West 3rd for grades K-5 and P.S. 253 The Magnet School of Multicultural Humanities. The Official Seal of the City of New York The New York City Department of Education is the branch of municipal government in New York City that manages the citys public school system. ...


Nearby high schools include:

// John Dewey High School is a public school in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, founded and based on the educational principles of John Dewey. ... The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences (LMGHS), formerly Kingsborough High School for the Sciences [1], is a four year secondary school that specializes in science, located in Brooklyn, New York. ... Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, and part of Region 7 in the New York City Department of Education. ...

History

Brighton Beach was developed by William A. Engeman as a beach resort in 1868, and was named in 1878 by Henry C. Murphy and a group of businessmen in an 1878 contest[1] ; the winning name evoked the resort of Brighton, England. The centerpiece of the resort was the large Hotel Brighton (or Brighton Beach Hotel), placed on the beach at what is now the foot of Coney Island Avenue and accessed by the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island Railway, later known as the BMT Brighton Line, which opened on July 2, 1878. The village was annexed into the 31st Ward of the City of Brooklyn in 1894. Henry Cruse Murphy (1810-82) was an American politician and historian, born in Brooklyn, N. Y. He graduated at Columbia College in 1830, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Brooklyn, where he became city attorney and, in 1842, mayor. ... This article is about the English city; for other places called Brighton, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... Coney Island Avenue runs almost parallel to Ocean Parkway. ... The Brighton Line is a rapid transit line of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, New York City. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... // An independent city prior to 1898, Brooklyn developed out of the small Dutch-founded town of Breuckelen on the East River shore of Long Island, named after Breukelen in the Netherlands. ...


Brighton Beach was re-developed as a fairly dense residential community with the final rebuilding of the Brighton Beach railway into a modern rapid transit line of the New York City Subway system c. 1920. “Mass Transit” redirects here. ... Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority , an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and also known as MTA New York City Transit. ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display 1920) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 1950s brought with it a neighborhood consisting mostly of second generation Americans, born of concentration camp survivors who had lost their husbands, wives and some of their children. Everywhere were the signs of the refugees who had fled, with numbers on their forearms, making their home in a small and welcoming town near Coney Island. The generation brought forth a well educated and industrious group of baby boomers, born into freedom and knowing of oppression and extreme antisemitism only from their parents' memories. These were the years filled with the odd and quirky stores that so embellished the little neighborhood seaside resort. It has been suggested that Internment be merged into this article or section. ... A baby boom is defined as a period of increased birth rates relative to surrounding generations. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial...


There was, for example, the "Forty Thieves" store, so dubbed because the owners were not quite honest. Other notable locations included Mrs. Stahl's, a knish establishment acclaimed as having the best kasha and cherry cheese knishes, as well as Diamond's, a small clothing store owned by Neil Diamond's parents. Other notable restaurants were Irving's Deli and the New Deal Chinese restaurant. The summer would bring with it a host of travelling subway riders, determined to find the best treats that Brighton Beach could provide on their way to the Coney Island beaches. A classic potato knish A knish is an Eastern European snack food popular in Jewish communities. ... Kasha is a porridge made with wheat, buckwheat, oats, millet, rice, potatoes, etc. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ...


Today, the area has a large community of immigrants who left the Former Soviet Union between 1970 and the present day. However, living in the Soviet Union during its last decades has made them, in many ways, culturally distinct from the Jewish immigrants that moved to the neighborhood decades earlier. The recent influx of Soviet culture has resulted in recent émigrés being more culturally similar to Russians and Ukrainians than to the earlier Jewish immigrants. Some of the newer Jewish emigres are married to Russian or Ukrainian Christians, and non-Jewish surnames abound.[citation needed]

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Culture of Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach was dubbed "Little Odessa" by the local populace long ago, due to many of its residents having come from Odessa. Many Russian women have started to make topless sunbathing popular on the beach.[citation needed] It is or was reportedly the home of the Russian Mafia in the United States.[citation needed] In 2006, Alec Brook-Krasny was elected for the 46th District of the New York State Assembly, the first elected Soviet-born Jewish politician from Brighton Beach. The ODESSA, which stands for the German phrase Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen, which phrase in turn translates as “Organization of Former Members of the SS,” is the name commonly given to an international Nazi network alleged to have been set up towards the end of World War II... The Russian Mob or Mafia, Russkaya Mafiya, Red Mafia, Krasnaya Mafiya or Bratva (slang for brotherhood), is a name given to a broad group of organized criminals of various ethnicity which appeared in the former Soviet Union territories after its disintegration in 1991. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alec Brook-Krasny (Russian: ) (born 1958, Moscow) is an American Jewish politician and the first Soviet-born, Russian speaking Jew to become a New York State Assembly member elected for the 46th District on November 7, 2006. ... The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of New York. ... Soviet redirects here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ...


Brighton Beach is also home to many other ethnic groups, such as immigrants from Pakistan. On Brighton 7th Street and Neptune Avenue, there is a mosque where Muslims (mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh) pray. There is another mosque located between Brighton 8th Street and Banner Avenue near "the junkyard". There are numerous Polish, Russian and Georgian residents, but relatively few Italian-Americans or African-Americans remaining. There are also some Korean markets, but for the most part their owners do not reside in the neighborhood. Notable past residents include talk-show host Larry King and current General Bancorp President Adnan Mohammad. The Masjid al-Haram in Mecca as it exists today A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ... A talk show (American) or chat show (British) is a television or radio program where one person or group of people come together to discuss various topics put forth by a talk show host. ... Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an award-winning American writer, journalist and broadcaster. ...


Brighton Beach is replete with restaurants, food stores, cafes, boutiques, banks, etc. The neighborhood, with an estimated population of 350,000 (mostly from Russia and Ukraine), has a distinctively ethnic feel – akin to Manhattan's Chinatown. The proximity of Brighton Beach to the city's beaches (the street runs parallel to the Coney Island beach area and the Boardwalk) and the fact that the street is located right under the Brighton Beach Avenue subway station, makes it a popular summer weekend destination for thousands of New York City residents. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... A Chinese lion helps usher in the 2006 Chinese New Year. ... For other uses, see Coney Island (disambiguation). ... Brighton Beach is a station of the Brighton Beach Line of the BMT Division of the New York Subway. ...


In Popular Culture

  • The Neil Simon play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which won two Tony awards in 1983, is set against the backdrop of Brighton Beach in 1937.
  • In Darren Aronofsky's 2001 movie, Requiem for a Dream, the character Sara Goldfarb (played by Ellen Burstyn) lives in an apartment on Brighton 6th Street.
  • In the movie Lord of War, the main character Yuri Orlov, played by Nicholas Cage, lives in Brighton Beach.
  • In the songs "Hey Pete" and "Xero Tolerance" by Type O Negative, Brighton Beach is mentioned as the place where Pete is going to kill his cheating girlfriend. The D-train is his means of transportation in these songs.
  • The French electronic music group Telepopmusik has a song on their album Angel Milk entitled Brighton Beach.
  • The opening scene of XIII (video game) is set in Brighton Beach.
  • In the 2007 crime drama, We Own the Night, the character Bobby Green, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is the manager of a nightclub in Brighton Beach.
  • Brighton Beach is also featured in 1990-s Russian spy-comedy with very long title - "There's Good Weather in Deribasovskaya, It's Raining Again in Brighton Beach"
  • In the Russian crime film Brother 2, Danila, the protagonist, comes to Brighton Beach from Russia where he buys a car from a Russian Jew

Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ... Brighton Beach Memoirs is a play by Neil Simon. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. ... Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 film adaptation of a 1978 novel of the same name. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Lord of War is a 2005 film written and directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Nicolas Cage. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an American actor. ... This article is about the band. ... Télépopmusik is a French electronic music group with three members. ... Angel Milk is the second album from French electronic group Télépopmusik, released on June 21, 2005. ... XIII (pronounced: Thirteen) is a first-person shooter video game released for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Mac and the PC, and based on the Belgian XIII comic series. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... We Own the Night is a crime/drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ; born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Brother 2 (Russian: Брат 2, Brat 2) (2000) is the sequel to Brother. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Kenneth T. Jackson: The Encyclopedia of New York City: The New York Historical Society; Yale University Press; 1995. P.139-140.

See also

The Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad was originally a horsecar line in Kings County, New York (now the borough of Brooklyn in New York City). ... Theres Good Weather in Deribasovskaya Its Raining Again in Brighton Beach (Russian: , Transliteration - Na Deribasovskoy khoroshaya pogoda, ili na Brayton Bich opyat idut dozhdi) is a 1992 joint Russia and USA production comedy film by Leonid Gaidai. ...

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