Manhattan Beach is a residential neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east, by Sheepshead Bay on the north, and Brighton Beach to the west. Traditionally known as an Italian and Ashkenazi Jewish neighborhood, it is also home to a sizable community of Sephardi Jews and a large Russian Jewish immigrant presence. The area is part of Brooklyn Community Board 15, which is represented by the Manhattan Beach Community Group, established in 1941, and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, established in 2008. The community's street names, derived from England, are in alphabetical order from A to P (Amherst, Beaumont, Coleridge, Dover, Exeter, Falmouth, through to Pembroke, with Quentin and Reynolds on old maps), with the exception of Ocean Avenue. It is patrolled by the NYPD's 61st Precinct.
The Manhattan Beach hotel
Manhattan Beach was the most upscale of the three major resort areas that developed at Coney Island shortly after the American Civil War; the other two areas are Brighton Beach and West Brighton. It was developed in the last quarter of the 19th century as a resort by Austin Corbin, later president of the Long Island Rail Road, for whom the street Corbin Place was named. In 1877, Corbin built the famous Manhattan Beach Hotel, followed by the even grander Oriental Hotel in 1880. The Coney Island Jockey Club horse racing track opened nearby at the same time as Corbin's Oriental Hotel; together, these three establishments drew thousands of visitors to Manhattan Beach. The hotels held daily concerts led by famous conductors such as Conterno, Gilmore, and John Philip Sousa, and hosted elaborate nightly fireworks displays, drawing tens of thousands of visitors on summer nights and making Manhattan Beach a renowned summer seaside resort. Sousa composed the "Manhattan Beach" march in 1893 to commemorate the beach resort. Corbin, an antisemite who served as the Secretary of the American Society for the Suppression of Jews, barred Jews from the resort.
After the detoriation of the hotel industry in the area, the site of the former Manhattan Beach hotel was developed into a residential area and into Manhattan Beach Park by the New York City Parks Department. Manhattan Beach Park opened to the public in 1955, to alleviate crowding at the neighboring beaches of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, and continues to serve the public today.
From 1954 to 1959, the neighborhood was home to Manhattan Beach Air Force Station.
From the 1980s, Manhattan Beach has become an enclave for higher end middle class Russian Jews
The Manhattan Beach Jewish Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Kingsborough Community College, which is the part of the City University of New York, occupies the entire eastern tip of Manhattan Beach. The college's halls and departments are spread out through the area. The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences is located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College.
Manhattan Beach is served by the New York City Department of Education.
Manhattan Beach is zoned to PS 195 Manhattan Beach School for grades K–5 and PS 225, the Eileen E. Zaglin School for grades 6–8. In 1992, special education school PS 771K was opened at this building.
Private schools in the area include the Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach, a Jewish day school for grades K–8, and the Yeshiva Gedolah Bais Shimon of Manhattan Beach, which is a post-high school rabbinical program.
Manhattan Beach is served by MTA Regional Bus Operations' B1, B49 bus routes. Both operate along Oriental Boulevard.
Buildings in the neighborhood
Notable current and former residents of Manhattan Beach include:
- Marv Albert (born 1941), sportscaster.
- Darren Aronofsky (born 1969), filmmaker
- Jay Diamond (born 1951), talk radio host who began his move to the radio by being a frequent caller to other radio programs.
- Bruce J. Katz (b. 1959), Vice President at the Brookings Institution.
- Jack Kirby (1917–1994), comic book artist who was the co-creator of Captain America and Black Panther.
- Howard L. Lasher (1944-2007), former NY State Assemblyman.
- Mell Lazarus (1927-2016), cartoonist.
- Samuel Leibowitz (1893-1978), judge, who defended Al Capone and the Scottsboro Boys as an attorney.
- William Modell (1921–2008), chairman of the Modell's Sporting Goods retail chain
- Stephen J. Solarz (1940-2010), former U.S. Congressman.
- ^ Brooklyn Community Boards, New York City. Accessed December 31, 2007
- ^ a b c d Sullivan, David A. "Coney Island History: The Rise and Fall of Corbin's Manhattan Beach Resort". heartofconeyisland.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- ^ The New York and Manhattan Beach Railway, LIRR History. Accessed June 4, 2007. "Immediately the whole purpose of the new RR was changed from freight to passenger, in order to service Corbin’s proposed line to the site of his immense Manhattan Beach Hotel that was being constructed on the east end of Coney Island."
- ^ Marc R. Matrana, Lost Plantations of the South, Oxford, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2009, pp. 40–43
- ^ Leonard Benardo, Jennifer Weiss, Street Cred, The New York Times, February 25, 2007
- ^ "Manhattan Beach Park History". New York City Parks Department. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- ^ "Manhattan Beach Army Housing Units Brooklyn, New York" (PDF). Environmental Research Division Argonne National Laboratory. November 1989. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- ^ "If You're Thinking of Living in: Manhattan Beach". The New York Times. 1990-09-16.
- ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings: Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/26/15 through 5/29/15". National Park Service. June 5, 2015.
- ^ https://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/22/K195/default.htm?searchType=school
- ^ "Welcome - P.S. K225 - The Eileen E. Zaglin - K225 - New York City Department of Education". schools.nyc.gov.
- ^ Jacobson, Steve via Newsday. "Charges Stun Those Who Know Marv Albert", Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1997. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Albert is the kid from Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn who was a ballboy for the Knicks and created the Jim Baechtold Fan Club."
- ^ Morgan, Spencer. "Darren the Dude Revives Mickey The Mauler", New York Observer, October 7, 2008. Accessed February 20. 2018. "Darren Aronofsky was a serious young man, a nature boy. He grew up in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, where the beaches were beautiful but cluttered with trash."
- ^ Pogrebin, Robin. "The Angriest Man in Talk Radio;In This City, Call-In Shows Crackle With Controversy. But When Is Enough Enough?", The New York Times, January 28, 1996. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Growing up in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, he had devotedly listened to Mr. Grant. Eventually, Mr. Diamond quit advertising and started pestering WABC for a job."
- ^ Hamilton, Sue L. Jack Kirby, p. 16. ABDO Publishing Company, 2010. ISBN 9781617842641. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Financially, Jack Kirby was doing well. He and Roz moved into their own apartment in Manhattan Beach, New York."
- ^ Lieberman, Gerlad F. "Brooklyn Survives Without Historian", The New York Times, July 23, 1972. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Justice Leibowitz, long a resident of Manhattan Beach, was born in the East New York section of Brooklyn, a place he describes as a suburb of Brownsville."
- ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2008-02-15). "William D. Modell, Seller of Sporting Goods, Is Dead at 86". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-11-02..
- ^ Perlez, Jane. "Solarz Plans For A Race To Keep Brooklyn Seat", The New York Times, January 23, 1982. Accessed February 20, 2018. "The spine of Mr. Solarz's district is Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway. It reaches out to Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach, where Mr. Solarz lives with his mother-in-law when he is in the district."
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