Courtesy of Nathan Kensinger

Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay share a lot of things. A huge Eastern European population. A beautiful waterfront. And a screwed up history of poorly planned development. The last bit got highlighted in Brighton Beach by urban photographer Nathan Kensinger. He turned his lens to Brighton’s abandoned bungalows and condos, and through photos and text gives a great retelling of the Beach’s history. He describes the nabe as “pockmarked with abandoned construction sites, huge empty lots, and boarded up buildings. Arsonists, squatters and drug dealers have moved in to these unclaimed spaces … a few remaining summer bungalows have born the brunt of the damage.” Some might take issue with his comparisons with the Rockaways, and some might also say that he fails to highlight the good side. But as a story of poor planning scarring a community for generations to come, I think Kensinger tells it just fine.

· Brighton Beach Bungalows [via Curbed]

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    The bungalow colonies in Brighton Beach are a horrible example of poor city planning almost 100 years ago. While there are some interesting examples here, they were so poorly constructed that even as early as the late 1960s many of them were in serious disrepair.

    Perhaps some are salvageable. But many should be replaced by new construction on larger lots. I’m not too crazy about erecting high-rise buildings here, however, the population density is rather high already.

  • Local Broker

    what happened to the comments system you were using?

    all this guy does is take pictures of abandoned buildings take a good look at his other stuff. i can go out and take pictures of only the nice buildings and pretend that there is nothing bad about the area. he also quotes bits and pieces of other articles and has very little original things to say about the area. there are way more completed and occupied buildings than half finished ones. this area is not a beach resort anymore it hasn’t been in a 100 years. people would use these bungalows as weekend getaways they weren’t built to be lived in full time then and cant possibly a good place to live full time now. it was much worse 15-20-25 years ago. i bet this guy never walked down ocean view and brighton 6th at 12am in 1992. if he did then he can have a legit opinion. otherwise cool pictures and that’s whats he should stick with.

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  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    Thanks for posting this. I fell in love with this neighborhood when I first saw it 10 years ago. I was pretty upset when I came back about three years ago and saw what had happened here. I wrote about this last August and said – “It’s like that first-sight crush gained 100 pounds since the last time we met.”

  • PayPaul

    Needs fix or needs replacement by some modest 1 and 2 family homes NOT anymore condos!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It's always been a bit run down. And it is an example of poor city planning. Those properties should have been larger with street access or wider sidewalks. But the houses have some interesting designs. It's a pity that they have been allow to decay so much over the years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665079815 Allan Berkovitz

    I wouldn't mind seeing less condos and more actual homes in the area. Maybe even public parks in place of those bungalows and homes with no street access.

  • Local Broker

    all this guy does is take pictures of abandoned buildings take a good look at his other stuff. i can go out and take pictures of only the nice buildings and pretend that there is nothing bad about the area. he also quotes bits and pieces of other articles and has very little original things to say about the area. there are way more completed and occupied buildings than half finished ones. this area is not a beach resort anymore it hasn't been for a 100 years. people would use these bungalows as weekend getaways they weren't built to be lived in full time then and cant possibly a good place to live full time now. it was much worse 15-20-25 years ago. i bet this guy never walked down ocean view and brighton 6th at 12am in 1992. if he did then he can have a legit opinion. otherwise cool pictures and that's whats he should stick with.

  • beginablarp

    I think his focus was more on how lax oversight and development led to this combination of decay, abandoned projects and absolutely no feeling that this neighborhood has a future. It may not be original to you, but this is happened right under all our noses, and it'll happen again the next time a boom goes bust.
    It may not have been a resort, but some foresight might have prevented it from becoming a total mess. That said, he takes cool pictures allright.

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    This is gorgeous, and nice for several singles to live here. I did make a hotel by that Strand beach, maybe something like this would be nice on the other side.

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  • Anonymous

    Nathan Kensinger has taken awesome summer photos. It seems good place to go but I think we should be extra conscious about criminal activities out there.

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