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“Easy to reach” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach
Brightwater Ave, East of Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 11235
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Ranked #40 of 380 things to do in Brooklyn
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: Located in New York, Brighton Beach is one of the largest Russian communities in the United States.
New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Easy to reach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

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.

Visited June 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Augusta, Georgia
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236 reviews 236 reviews
116 attraction reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
“Pretty Significant Post Soviet neighborhood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Brighton Beach is to people from the former USSR countries what Crown Heights and East Flatbush are to people from the Caribbean, what Lower Manhattan is to people from East Asia, what Upper Manhattan and the Bronx are to people from Puerto Rico or the Dominic Republic, what Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant are to African Americans, it is the most important most solidly ethnic neighborhood of that particular group of people. It is located on the East Side of Coney Island along the B and Q trains not far from Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay. It is crowded, it is dense, and it is loud. The housing stock consists of small homes attached in a rowhouse manner and medium to large size apartment buildings. It can at times feel overwhelming and dirty but it remains distinctive nonetheless at all times. If one is making a trip to Coney Island, I recommend they see this neighborhood because they will not see a feeling like it anywhere else in America. As far as living here is concerned, I would leave that up to a person's personal tastes rather than making a recommendation.

Visited September 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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103 reviews 103 reviews
27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Skip the Amazon tribes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

and come to Brighton Beach instead. Your next greatest ethnographic adventure awaits. None of that packing for the Apocalypse or jumping on and off the suspect regional airlines - although you still might want to get fully immunized. Just take the Q or B line to the titular station and you'd transported to the world Ray Bradbury and Clifford Simak only began to imagine. Brighton Beach answers the question what would Soviet Union would look like if the Soviets somehow managed to get on American welfare. Bootleg and not (sometimes hard to tell apart) CDs of the ancient music idols (Dschinghis Khan, Raffaella Carra, young Adriano Celentano), pastries cooked with used Castrol oil, imports from all over Odessa, people who know comings and goings of Novo-Zadripinsk better than those of Williamsburg... You can see two drunken Irish helping a more drunk Irish coming out of the bar here and there in the City, but to see two drunk Russians helping an even more drunk Russian _getting into_ a bar you have to come to Brighton Beach.

Visited May 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Take the subway to the Atlantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you are in NYC in the spring or summer take the subway to Brighton Beach and explore the Russian enclave. The main thoroughfare has an overhead subway rumbling overhead…it"s dirty, dark loud and urban. Walk around and explore the shops…food, designer, antique, etc. Then
take a side street that heads towards the beach. Walk along the boardwalk or along the water's edge. If you go in the early evening it will not be too crowded and you can experience a glorious sunset. Or you can sit on the boardwalk at a restaurant and watch the show. Great people and pooches! Or you can walk to Coney Island and take in those sights. So much to do. Enjoy!!

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“On the boardwalk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

You can walk on the boardwalk from Coney Island to Brighton Beach along the water. I was with friends and we decided to get something to eat and wound up at one of the many Russian restaurants on the boardwalk. We all had simple food which was decent. The check was all wrong. (too High) They corrected it. You are better off at Coney Island Nathan's.

Visited July 2013
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