There is no need of car in order to get to Brighton Beach, however once I took my car but finding a parking spot was a miracle, that's why subway Q or B is the best transportation. This beach is located in Russian neighborhood, it is dirty, every 2 steps you can find broken glass in the sand, be careful. Its loud sometimes, but not as loud and crowded as Coney Island. There is a nice boardwalk with many shops and restaurants.
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