Map and Photos of Brighton Beach Developed as a beach resort in 1868 and named after the resort located in Brighton, England,
Brighton Beach was re-developed as a residential community around 1920. During
the 1950s the neighborhood was comprised mostly of second generation Americans, born of concentration camp survivors.
Today, the area has a large community of Jewish immigrants who left the Former Soviet Union between
1970 and the present day.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many non-Jewish immigrants, like Georgians, also settled in Brighton Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods, taking advantage of the already established Russian-speaking community. Today the area carries the nickname "Little Odessa". The area also is home to sizeable Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations.
Our primary source for neighborhood names and locations is the
New York City Department of City Planning. Additional information is from Kenneth Jackson and John B.
Manbeck's book The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Brooklyn by Name by Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss. Neighborhood boundaries, where shown, are approximate, and are often a matter of great local debate and dissent. You can send us YOUR opinion by using the feedback link below...
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