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Brighton Beach

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Three years into the recovery from superstorm Sandy, multimillion-dollar north Brooklyn prices are creeping down to southern Brooklyn.

Brighton Beach is known for being the oceanfront community bordering Coney Island, home to a large Russian Jewish immigrant population. The housing stock ranges from mansions to more classic New York apartment building fare to bungalows.

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Tucked away in an oft-forgotten corner of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay are the weathered remains of Brooklyn’s once prosperous summertime bungalow communities. Built in clusters near the coast, these low-lying colonies have fared poorly as both the seas and new development rise around them, casting shadows and bringing floodwater. Nathan Kensinger recently photographed the surviving Bungalows for Curbed.

Originally intended exclusively for warm-weather use, Brighton Beach’s surviving bungalows were built in the 1920s on the grounds of the former Brighton Beach Racetrack, Kensinger reported. The quaint, antiquated homes began falling on hard times beginning in the 90s, as neighborhood crime rates rose and squatters, drug dealers, and prostitutes took to utilizing the frequently abandoned abodes.