Walking to Brighton Beach, New York
Walking the boardwalk from Coney Island
(©urban75, December 2010/Nov 2011)
Known as 'Little Odessa' by locals due to many of its residents hailing from Odessa in Ukraine, Brighton Beach was developed as a beach resort by William A. Engeman in 1868, and named after the seaside resort of Brighton in England.
Walking towards Brighton Beach from Coney Island.
Replacing the traditional wooden boardwalk. You can see the nasty modern concrete replacement nearest the camera, complete with thoroughly unconvincing 'wood effect' scoring.
Thankfully, some wooden parts were being replaced by traditional planking.
Looking towards Brighton Beach.
Coney Island Parachute Drop in the distance.
'Russia On The Beach.'
Under the elevated railroad.
'Welcome to Brighton Beach' sign, complete with old school limo.
There's a strong Russian influence throughout the neighborhood.
Wikipedia reports that Brighton Beach was once a hot spot for the Russian-speaking Mafia, with notorious gangs roaming the city and owning businesses in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
The most notorious were the Potato Bag Gang, who served as a robbery gang for larger Russian crime syndicates in New York City.
Walking back into Coney Island.
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