Brighton Beach Boardwalk

Brooklyn, NY

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

Brighton Beach feels like a different world from the carnival atmosphere of its famous neighbor, Coney Island.

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Why It Works

Though it shares the southern coast of Brooklyn with Coney Island, Brighton Beach is a world apart from the amusement rides and carnival atmosphere of its famous neighbor to the west. Here, in one of the rare New York neighborhoods where residents can actually access the waterfront, Russian cafes serve customers on the boardwalk and locals of all ages engage in animated conversation while enjoying the sea breeze.

Both places share a special quality: They are public spaces where spontaneity flourishes. With so much to choose from, it's not necessary to go there with a plan.

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