South Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhoods have long fostered considerable charm and affluence despite being overshadowed by the explosion of “brownstone Brooklyn,” Williamsburg and Bushwick.
A few isolated incidents—take the 2011 Brighton Beach boardwalk shooting—and Superstorm Sandy didn’t help with image improvement, but recent developments point to South Brooklyn’s waterfront communities as the next Kings County neighborhoods to catch fire.
This past Sunday, a particularly sunny Labor Day’s eve, Billy Weintraub stood on his patch of Brighton Beach and took stock of what he had: 18 surfboards, 30 beach umbrellas, 15 backboards, 30 first-aid kits, 150 pocket masks for CPR and 150 orange, plastic buoys. “We’re doing end-of-the-year inventory,” he said. “Just checking to see Read More
One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.
The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.
Uttering Russian phrases and offering paeans to Soviet military strength, the Democratic candidates for mayor battled for the affections of elderly Russians at a forum in Brooklyn earlier tonight.
All of the mayoral candidates, except absent Council Speaker Christine Quinn, strained to relate to the relatively conservative, Russian-speaking crowd packed into the first floor of Read More
Brighton Beach is a bit off the beaten path for most million-dollar-plus condo buyers—say, about 15 Q train stops off the beaten path—but for a certain sort of Slavic-accented buyer, it’s the only place to be.
So it went for Anna Sherbakova and Sergey Pichugov, who plopped down a hefty $3.5 million for a duplex penthouse at one of the waterfront towers, 125 Oceana Drive East, plus a parking spot. That makes it a record-setting sale for the neighborhood, according to über-appraiser Jonathan Miller.
Before the Italian-American exodus from Bensonhurst, only Italian food vendors participated in the annual 10-day Feast of Santa Rosalia–Brooklyn’s version of Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival–in honor of the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. But lately "The Feast," as it is dubbed by locals, has become less a nod to what was once Bensonhurst’s most Read More
State and city comptrollers say no to the MTA’s plan to put a platform over its West Side rail yards, but suggest they might put the development project out to bid. That of course was what the MTA more-or-less
did this winter, but presumably, without the Jets stadium looming, new and deep-pocketed Read More
On a balmy summer afternoon in 1991, Shelly Friedman was strolling the boardwalk in Brighton Beach with New York Times reporter Joyce Purnick when they came upon three elderly women.
Mr. Friedman, an attorney, was in the midst of a contentious battle with local residents who were dead set against demolishing the historic Brighton Beach Read More
“Svoboda is not your typical East Village haunt,” reads the press release. “In fact, its name ( svoboda means freedom in Russian) says it all. It means a freedom to be something different from what people have come to expect in East Village eateries.”
I’m not quite sure what I have come to expect in Read More