Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn
The neighborhood's namesake beach along the Atlantic Ocean
Location in New York City
|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.
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, which marks the boundary between Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach, 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 anti-Semite who served as the secretary of the American Society for the Suppression of Jews, barred Jews from the resort. In 1895, Corbin built a 12,000 capacity third-mile concrete cycling track behind the hotel at a cost of $30,000. The U.S. Coast Guard operated a training station at Manhattan Beach during World War II.
After the deterioration 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.
Politically, Manhattan Beach is in New York's 8th congressional district. It is in the New York State Senate's 22nd district, the New York State Assembly's 45th district, and the New York City Council's 48th district.
Police and crime
The 61st Precinct has a lower crime rate than in the 1990s, with crimes across all categories having decreased by 88.2% between 1990 and 2018. The precinct reported 1 murder, 17 rapes, 150 robberies, 170 felony assaults, 169 burglaries, 584 grand larcenies, and 72 grand larcenies auto in 2018.
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 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.
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.
- New York City portal
- Joseph P. Day, early land auctioneer
- Manhattan Beach (march) to commemorate the Manhattan Beach Park resort
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- 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."
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- 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."
Media related to Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn at Wikimedia Commons
- "Coney Island History: The Rise and Fall of Corbin's Manhattan Beach Resort". Heart of Coney Island.