Brighton Beach is bounded by Coney Island at Ocean Parkway to the west affluent Manhattan Beach at Corbin Place to the east, Gravesend at the Belt Parkway to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south (at the Riegelmann Boardwalk/beachfront).
Today, the area has a large community of Jewish immigrants who left the Former Soviet Union between 1970 and the present day. There are numerous Polish, Russian, Armenian, Turkish, and Georgian residents, but relatively few Italian-Americans or African-Americans remaining. There are also some Korean markets, but for the most part for their owners do not reside in the neighborhood.
Brighton Beach is replete with restaurants, food stores, cafes, boutiques, banks, etc., located primarily along Brighton Beach Avenue and its cross streets. The neighborhood has a distinctively ethnic feel, akin to Manhattan’s Chinatown. The proximity of Brighton Beach to the city’s beaches (Brighton Beach Avenue runs parallel to the Coney Island beach area and the Boardwalk) and the fact that the neighborhood is directly served by the Brighton Beach Avenue subway station, makes it popular summer weekend destination for thousands of New York City residents.
Major roadways in Brighton Beach are the Belt Parkway, Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Parkway.