(Brighton Beach 1901 - Walk in New York)
The restaurant life-style has many pros and cons, but being a positive person I focus on how to make the cons as limited as possible. Most people assume that Shauna and I spend little time together and they would be correct, but time is not what we focus on. We focus on maximizing the time we do have and making it truly worthwhile.
When I returned to the restaurant life with our move to Los Angeles we focused our energy on finding adventures that enabled us to learn more about the city we lived in. By the time we left L.A. for Brooklyn we had honed our skills quite well and prepared for an endless array of adventures in the Big Apple. To date we have done the following: Visited the Cloisters, Central Park (a few times), Dead Horse Bay/Ft. Tilden, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Federal Hall, The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Alexander Hamilton's Grave at Trinity Church, a tour of corporate lobby art, Governors Island, the MTA Transit Museum and a few more things that are escaping me at the moment.
The past week was hot...nasty hot and we decided that we needed a beach day. Most people we chat with go about an hour north to Long Beach but we wanted to explore something closer to home and landed on Brighton Beach.
(From Coney Island Luxury Hotels - Jeffrey Stanton)
Brighton Beach was originally developed as a resort in the late 1860's and was named after the English seaside village of Brighton. Until the 1920's it was a playground for the rich of New York City and Brooklyn. As the population of the region grew with the large influx of immigrants from around the world, Brighton Beach became the center for many Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, primarily Russia. The Russian influence is seen to this day throughout the neighborhood with many shop signs in Russian and most people walking by speaking Russian.
(A Brighton Beach Movie and Music Store - Abecedarium)
The beach itself is very lovely albeit you need to watch your step as I found a bit of glass on the beach. When we arrived it was a bit overcast but by the time we left the sun was in full shine and hot, making the chilly Atlantic a nice respite from the heat.
The most interesting part of our adventure was not getting there (we took the L to the Q) or the interesting array of bathing ware but the people selling goods on the beach. In all my years of beach going I have never seen the entrepreneurial spirit in its full glory as I saw on this past Sunday on Brighton Beach. Once we set up camp and let the sounds of children playing and the waves crashing on the beach, we also heard, "Hot dogs for $1"..."Cold Coronas"..."Hot yellow corn with butter, get your hot yellow corn with butter!!!"....and just WAIT...my favorite...."Jello shots, get your Jell-O shots!!". Yes, cold refreshing vomit inducing Jell-O shots. I could not resist and called the vendor over just so I could take a photo and ask how much:
2 "shots" for $5
3 "shots" for 8
Yes, that is blue and green Jell-O in giant syringe!!!! The Jell-O shot salesman was very candid and said times where tough and he had to get his while he could. If you ever go to Brighton Beach without food or drink just bring some cash and you can enjoy a variety of treats: Hot Dogs, Hot buttered yellow corn, Empandas (cheese, beef or chorizo), Mangos on a stick, Cotton Candy, a decent selection of beer, chips and soda. Brighton Beach is a great place to visit to relax in the sun, read a book and remember collage with some killer Jell-O shots!