Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn facts for kids
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Neighborhood of Brooklyn
The neighborhood's namesake beach along the Atlantic Ocean
|City||New York City|
|Community District||Brooklyn 15|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code||718, 347, 929, and 917|
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.
Manhattan Beach is part of Brooklyn Community District 15, and its primary ZIP Code is 11235. It is patrolled by the 61st Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Politically it is represented by the New York City Council's 48th District. The area is also represented by the Manhattan Beach Community Group, established in 1941, and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, established in 2008.
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 being West Brighton and Brighton Beach. 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 a 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 Gilmore, Conterno and Sousa, and also hosted elaborate nightly fireworks displays, drawing tens of thousands of visitors on summer nights and making Manhattan Beach a renowned summer seaside resort. An antisemite who served as the Secretary of the American Society for the Suppression of Jews, Corbin 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.
The Manhattan Beach Jewish Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Manhattan Beach is served by MTA Regional Bus Operations' B1, B49 bus routes. Both operate along Oriental Boulevard.
The community's street names, derived from England, are in alphabetical order from A to P. From west to east, they are named Amherst, Beaumont, Coleridge, Dover, Exeter, Falmouth, Girard, Hastings, Irwin, Jaffray, Kensington, Langham, Mackenzie, Norfolk, Oxford, and Pembroke; the names Quentin and Reynolds exist on old maps. The A-P streets are bounded by Shore Boulevard and Oriental Boulevard and are partially intersected by Hampton Avenue.
Corbin Place was originally named for Austin Corbin, the original developer of Manhattan Beach; in 2007, it was renamed M. Corbin Place for American Revolutionary War patriot Margaret Corbin. Austin Corbin had restricted Jewish guests at his hotel and enacted restrictive covenants to prevent Jews from buying real estate in the area. After Austin Corbin's death the policy was canceled and the neighborhood attracted a large number of Jewish residents.
As of the 2020 census data from New York City Department of City Planning, there were 40,000+ White residents, there were between 10,000 to 19,999 Asian residents, 5,000 to 9,999 Hispanic residents, and less than 5000 Black residents.
Schools and institutes
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.
The New York City Department of Education operates public schools in the area. 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.
The Brooklyn Public Library's Sheepshead Bay branch is located at 2636 East 14th Street, near Avenue Z.
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.