Runs from Neptune Avenue to the Boardwalk and Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place.
Developed as a beach resort in the 19th century (the word “Brighton” is meant to evoke the English seaside), Brighton
Beach today still has an active boardwalk, with joggers and strollers headed past expansive Russian cafés. Luxury
condos, such as Oceana, an 850-unit development with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are abundant in
this area of Brooklyn.
If you’re looking for a house in Brighton Beach, a few blocks of single-family bungalows (some with white picket fences)
still exist. Larger multi-family houses are in Brighton Beach, too, many semi-detached brick homes with oversized
bedrooms, finished basements, and multi-car driveways. Brighton Beach rentals are a bit tougher to find, but, when
available, are often in condo buildings with doormen, balconies, and central air conditioning. The oceanside is the main
attraction, and on nice summer days the population swells with day-trippers visiting to enjoy the sun and sand. Some
die-hard beach residents claim the key to health is to swim in the winter, too. In the evening, you can hit one of Brighton
Beach’s nightclubs, which offer a mix of live shows, dancing, and seemingly endless food. Transportation is via the “B”
and “Q” subway lines; parking is a bit scarce in the summer. The main shopping street is Brighton Beach Avenue, where
you can find a number of gift and trinket stores along with mom-and-pop drugstores and groceries.