Brighton Beach, like its neighboring seaside destinations of Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay, began to develop into a wealthy resort area in the late 1870s. In the early 1900s, Brighton Beach had four major (and many smaller) hotels along its shore, high-class vaudeville entertainment at the Brighton Theater, and exciting performances at the Brighton Beach Music Hall where Victor Herbert would conduct the symphony orchestra and John Phillip Sousa would play with his marching band.

On warm summer days, tourists lounged at the magnificent Brighton Beach hotel or flocked to the Brighton Baths, a 15-acre wonderland of swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboards and entertainment. Unfortunately, by the mid-1960s, many of the neighborhood's residents had moved to other areas and Brighton Beach had fallen into decline, but was quickly uplifted by the sudden arrival of Russian immigrants.

The Brooklyn and Brighton Beach Railroad Company

The Brighton Baths