Brighton Beach’s Bureau of Tourism* recently commissioned its award-winning marketing team to create a documentary on the wonders that are Brighton Beach.  Experience the beach, the sun, the ill fitting speedos, and the worldly shopping choices of “Little Russia by the Sea.”

Don’t take our word for it, here is what the video’s creator has to say:

This is the Brighton Beach neighborhood, one block from the beach, its not that beautiful, but its pretty beautiful, its not Manhattan, but 6 months out of the year, these people are leaving in a very nice little paradise.

That’s right, it sure ain’t Manhattan. Just watch out for the Mexican gangs.

* There is no such thing as the Brighton Beach Bureau of Tourism.

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  • Guest

    Isn’t it amazing what welfare and social security does…..”leaving in a paradise” at our expense…..America….what a great country…..furs and food stamps……Amazing…..

    • Inchik

      Ignorant comment.  First of all, “social security” is something you get when you retire (meaning you worked and paid taxes).  Your ignorance is shown by lack of such knowledge, so you probably meant SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Now, if you look at statistics, “Russian speaking” immigrants comprise a tiny fraction of welfare recipients.  Stop by the W22 HRA office and you will see what “cultures” are really there.  
      There are welfare/SSI Russian speaking recipients (as there are from any culture), but the majority of Russian speaking community are well educated career oriented individuals who just happen to earn on average higher wages then local “non Russian” residences.  
      Personally, I do not appreciate being generalized to any group as I’m proudly Russian and pay about 40K a year in TAXES, which is about average NY income.  So my “input” into this country’s financial future is much greater then of an average “American”. Especially ignorant as you are…

      • Local Broker

        You cant possibly be russian and pay 40k a year in taxes.

        • levp
          • Anon

            That’s not how taxes work. We have a progressive tax so you pay the rate up until a certain amount, and then the next rate on the next amount.

            e.g. for 150k for married filing jointly (and not counting tax credits for dependents and all that other fun stuff):
            [.1*17400]
            +[.15*(70,700-17,400)]
            +[.25*(142,700-70,700)]
            +[.28*(150,000-142,700)]

            which is

            [.1*17400]
            +[.15*53300]
            +[.25*72,000]
            +[.28*7300]

            which is

            1740
            +7995
            +18000
            +2044
            ——-
            29779

            19.8% effective tax rate, not 28%.

          • levp

            You are correct.  My bad.  I have amended my original reply, but the point remains valid – just with a slightly higher income amount.

          • Anon

            Oh, I was correcting you to reinforce your point, not undermine it. I don’t think people realize how much money you have to earn to even pay 40k and the demographics for SHB and the surrounding areas, excluding maybe some well off residents of Manhattan Beach, certainly don’t earn that much.

          • nolastname

            See that’s where “Some” comes in handy. LOL

          • levp

            I’d certainly agree with that.

          • nolastname

            “Some” people have to learn to use the word “some” more often.  ;-p

        • Ebusiness1

          My boss is russian. His company pays about 9000 a month in taxes!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            EBUSINESS1: In what type of commerce is your Russian boss in?

      • Chris B

        Well, Mr. Inchdick, then it must be the same tiny fraction I see in stop N shop every single day, 10 in line, and I am the only one speaking English or paying with cash. The rest are stuffing 3 shopping carts and paying with WIC checks and EBT cards, while texting on $500 Iphones, and loading those government paid groceries into a fully loaded 2012 Lexus SUV. BTW every single one speaks nothing but Russian. 

        • levp

          Wow!  90% of Stop and Shop shoppers are using WIC and/or EBT, every single day!!!

          Might be worth mentioning that 42% of all statistics are pulled out of one’s ass…  Care to submit a video, or some photos, perhaps?

          • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

            Go into Netcost. You refuse to believe it because it doesn’t fit your preset opinion. Just go into Netcost. I didn’t believe it myself till my mom dragged me in, then I began shopping for fruit on Brighton. I have nothing against the Russians. Heck, they saved the neighborhood. But what you see is what you see.

                You’ll call my statement anecdotal. I call yours anti-confirmation bias. If you saw 100 in a row pay with the food card, you still wouldn’t believe it.

                As Adlai Stevenson said “here are the conclusions on which I base my facts”.

          • levp

            As Professor  Marcello Truzzi said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.”
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcello_Truzzi

            The original poster claimed that 9 out of every 10 S&S shoppers is a Russian paying with a WIC or EBT.  This claim needs rather substantial proof.

            I don’t have either WIC or EBT, so I shop at Cherry Hill and Trader Joe’s (in Queens).  I have not seen even one WIC or EBT payer in either place (Russian or otherwise).  So yes, I see what I see.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Ignorance is bliss

          • levp

            “When debating any issue, there is an implicit burden of proof on the person asserting a claim. If this responsibility or burden of proof is shifted to a critic, the fallacy of appealing to ignorance is committed”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_burden_of_proof

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Wikipedia, eh? OK, I’ll play along. “Up your nose with a rubber hose” — Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Barbarino http://tinyurl.com/yj6te6p

          • levp

            Now you aren’t even trying…

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Yep, that was the point.

          • levp

            Okay then.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            Great retort.

          • Chris B

            Go stand in line in Stop N Shop, then walk to the parking lot and find out for yourself. Not 90% of Stop N Shoppers….90% of the Russians at stop n shop I see in there on line. You sound like one of them though.

          • levp

            Da!  I sure sound like one of them, especially on my “$500 Iphone”!  Forget Stop and Shop, I just bought a “fully loaded 2012 Lexus SUV” entirely with food stamps!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Oh, come on. You’re really underestimating the Reds. That’s NO “challenge”. I say a his AND hers “fully loaded 2013 Lexus SUV” entirely with “food stamps”.

          • levp

            NO, her Lexus is bought with Social Security money!

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: OK? Social Security it is. So what happens now?

          • levp

            Now? Now I’m going to watch a movie and drink a glass of wine.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Oh wow! I didn’t know Wikipedia started streaming movies.

          • levp

            Wat?

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            You read it right the first time.

          • Tman2a

            Chris, I shop at S&S two or three times a week and Russians are only a tiny portion of all customers, so it is no easy to get statistics you give us, unless you stand there for several hours or work there. From my experience mostly seniors or families with little children are paying with EBT cards, regardless of ethnicity.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            TMAN2A: I go twice a month, maybe. But it seems like it’s “Russian Appreciation Day” every time I go. I’ve tried different days of the week, and except for the staff and a few Americans, it’s like ‘Red Dawn’ in there. I am starting to see a very odd pattern in these posts. In the heavy Russian neighborhoods, we see the Russians. But the Russians seem to be invisible to each other, hm? OH! And most of the Russians pay with their welfare cards.

        • Inchik

          Thanks for misspelling my nick… shows your maturity and give you a lot of “merit”.  I shop in Stop&Shop frequently and I do not see 9 Russian Speaking people out of 10 as you imply.  Actually, majority of consumers in S&S are English speaking, so your statement is faulty from the start.  Now, if you were talking about NetCost for example, then yes, most people there pay with EBT cards.  However, this doesn’t statistically mean that all Russians are with EBT.  It just means that category of people who have EBT, prefer these type of stores (and mostly the people are older generation).  If you want the real demographic, please do go to W22 street HRA office and see who is there inline to get EBT card.  And then judge for yourself.  
          Now, for those who are debating 40K in taxes, correction, last year I paid 38,734$ in taxes to be exact (also don’t forget that tax is paid on investments, realestate, etc… not only your “wages”).

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            INCHDIK: Again with your taxes?! (Please see my other post in reference to your taxes). I did my homework and the data proves Russians are a welfare scamming group: http://tinyurl.com/75pf8rh

          • levp

            You get “F” for your homework then.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Why did I get an “F”? Was it for not using Wikipedia?

          • levp

            For being intellectually dishonest.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Intellec…wha? No seriously, why the “F”? 

        • guest

          Don’t you love non American’s taking American money, than acting like they are so much better than us.

          • levp

            Which Native American tribe do you belong to?  Because if “none” – you are “non-American”.  I am reporting you to the HUAC immediately.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: There ARE “Americans” and “Non-Americans”. Let’s put it this way. The Yankees have Derek Jeter, a TRUE Yankee, and just because you might wear the same pinstripes, it doesn’t make you a Yankee. (Speaking of baseball, what’s going on? Lets GO YANKS!)

          • levp

            “True” Americans are the ones tho were here first – that is, before Columbus. The rest of us are immigrants.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: What I meant about “Non-” and  “True” Americans — and it’s my fault for using an American sport in my analogy — is that just because you might have citizenship, it doesn’t make you an American. Just someone with legal status scamming the system. *** I’m pretty sure the indigenous people of this hemisphere would agree that they all had their own “True” identities, none which included the word “American”. *** And there is another segment of our population who are also non-immigrants. Africans who were brought here as slaves. You can make a distinction between the two, yes? ‘Cause there IS a difference.

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

            Let’s see, now that Federal Government has officially recognized the current legitimacy of my tribe (Most of us are mixed-blood) I should ask all of you to get off my land. We never gave the English and Dutch settlers the rights to resell the lands we leased to them.

          • Seetizen Trublood

            LISANNE: I LOOOOVE the message behind your words, but I’m afraid time and history have been cruel to us. Lets make sure we are never forgotten.

            Seetizen Trublood

      • Chris B

        Additionally, these Russians and many other non americans are receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits without having to ever pay into the system. People like you (so you say) and I pay. 

        • levp

          How?!  Please enlighten us on the procedure to get Social Security (not SSI) without years of paying Social Security taxes.  I would sure like to get on the gravy train!

          • nolastname

            Lev please explain something to me. If an elderly person moves here from outside America what happens to the monies in taxes they paid to the homeland for most of their lives? 
            Not to sound like a put down in any way, it is what it is. But I think the homeland somehow should have to cover at least part of the health costs that are accrued as one grows older. Maybe I am not understanding this process and missing a fact or two. “Sometimes” I do that. LOL

          • bagels

            When an elderly person moves here from another country, like my in-laws did a few years ago, they go directly on Medicaid and get all the healthcare they will ever need. The doctors they go to will trip over themselves ordering tests and sending black cars to pick them up so they don’t miss their appointments. They will even call the night before to make sure they come in. Since my in-laws don’t pay a cent they don’t question anything.  They contribute nothing. There is no cost on their part. My sister’s husband is now unemployed and has been scrambling for the last year to find something full time. He has no health insurance. 

          • nolastname

            I was hoping I missed something. Thanks for the explanation, doesn’t make me happy but helps me figure how we got where we are. The homeland should have to forfeit any monies accrued during a persons life time.

          • levp

            Only if the person in question is here legally, such as a refugee.  Most of the Jews from the former Soviet Union (myself included) came here having a “refugee” status.  It (understandably) provides for certain, but not all, benefits – no Social Security, for example; and Medicaid/”food stamps”/TANF criteria still apply (such as family size and income).

            I sense some unresolved family issues in your post…

          • levp

            One more thing: most of the immigration policy towards Eastern Europe/Soviet Union was created by the God of the Republican Party in the 1980s…
            Why do you hate President Ronald Reagan?

          • Inchik

            Yes, elderly come here and since can’t work go on Medicaid.  You are correct.  But don’t forget, they are usually “allowed” to come here with family members who are a “younger” generation and who do work and pay taxes, such it is still more beneficial in long term to bring in “younger” smart generation who are willing to work and who will aim to educate their kids and for them to work.  
            Now, as for Medicaid, the entire system is screwed up.  I feel horrible for people who work their entire life here and then end up paying for Medicare and all the extra insurance they have to purchase (I know I will be one of them).  However, % wise, Russian community is a tiny fraction of medicaid recipients.  Again, just go to HRA office and you will see for yourself who is really getting the majority of Medicaid benefits, its those families with 10 kids from 10 different fathers and no job.

          • levp

            My understanding is that, similar to U.S. expat laws, if a person retains the citizenship, he or she is still entitled to a pension (as an example).
            The same way, if you move to France but retain U.S. citizenship, you are entitled to Social Security that you have earned.
            However, income from foreign pensions/other benefits is still income and has to be declared in U.S. for tax and Social Security purposes.

          • bagels

            Wow. Unresolved family issues? Really? My in laws are here from Colombia (legally). You can’t see the inequity in providing medical care for people who have contributed nothing to the system? How can you defend that and not get riled up about the whole thing. Yes, the young family member who made the petition to bring over their elderly parents may work and pay taxes but that is for their own retirement. The last time I checked your SSI and medicare taxes were non transferable. A millionaire could bring their grandparents over and they would go on Medicaid. No questions asked. There is no cost sharing. 

          • levp

            Yes, I do think that if the person is here legally, he or she is, at the very least, entitled NOT TO DIE. That’s not too much to ask for the #1 best country in the world, is it?
            Such people do NOT get Social Security, and they can only get SSI is they are disabled (you can get SSI too; please see my advice elsewhere in this thread).
            Write to your Congressperson/Senator in order to effect changes in the immigration policy, such as “family reunification” policies. I am certain your spouse will appreciate your efforts.

          • Chris B

            Judging by how you defend these people, chances are you already are on the gravy train. Maybe I should move on to the next scam. Russians being given a check to hold “English assimilation” classes through the gov’t. No show job for helping Sputniks with english, which they do not do of course, and people sign off on it so they get paid. Or the fact that Russian false insurance claims in Sheepshead Bay and Brighton has gotten EVERYONE blacklisted on the area from being written a policy, while my rates skyrocketed. If you want proof and facts, go into the Allstate office and ask for yourself. Like always , it is me paying the bill.  Do you want to keep going? 

          • levp

            Judging by how well you seem to know these things, I say you might be the one who is doing all that.
            So by all means, keep going!  I might learn a thing or two.

          • Chris B

            Just admit defeat and we can move on….you have been taken to the cleaners by about 10 different posters on this topic. 

          • levp

            Same back to you, my friend!

      • Guest

        And who paid for your education? The federal governmet?

        • levp

          In my case, the government of the USSR (after my parents paid a lifetime of taxes).

          In U.S., you, too, can easily get free government paid education:
          1. Enlist in U.S. Army, Navy, etc.;
          2. Fulfill a full contract term (usually includes a couple of tours in Afghanistan or other hellhole of our government’s choosing);
          3. Do not get blown up by an IED;
          4. Get $30,000 for education;
          5. Profit!

      • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

        INCHDIK: What’s ignorant is your statement that S.S. “is something you get when you retire (meaning you worked and paid taxes).” Wrong. A child of 15 can receive benefits. Just one scenario in a plethora of scenarios. But I forgive YOUR ignorance. After all, you’re Russian. Same way I can’t blame a horse for defecating on the street. *** Your quotes around ‘culture’ in your statement “…see what “cultures” are really there.” What do you mean by that? And don’t be shy, my Constitution guarantees your freedom of speech (you’re welcome). *** Big-time pass on this one for arguments sake, but when the “well educated career oriented individuals who just happen to earn on average higher wages then local “non Russian”” drive up in their luxury cars, furs, gaudy jewelry and wads of cash, why is it they prefer to pay with their welfare cards? Better yet, why do they have one in the first place? *** 40K in taxes, and? You make it sound like you’re doing us all a favor. You’re not, it’s the law. Unless you’re GE, Bill Gates paid his taxes. And? I paid my taxes. Big deal. My barista paid her taxes. Whoopee-freakin’-do. You paid your taxes. SO WHAT? *** So you’re “proudly Russian”? Not that proud I guess, you’re in my country. Not that I count you as one of us, but at least try to blow smoke up our keesters by saying “Russian-American” (watch, now every Red will add this from now on) and “my” vs. ”this country’s”. *** Some may wonder WHY I would be biased towards a people who gave us Communism? Who sought to enslave Europe along side Hitler? A people who have a c’est la vie attitude towards oppression in their own homeland and abroad? A people who prefer to fly the Hammer & Sickle (not even their new flag) instead of Old Glory? A people whose DNA is to scam the system, the government, or be looked upon as a “patsy”? Should I continue?

        • levp

          “Alongside Hitler”, seriously?
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Front_(World_War_II)

          This deserves a hearty “F U”, even though it is forbidden in a philosophical debate.  Screw the debate.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Oh boy, where do I start? First, stop with the Wikipedia thing. Jeez, are you a lazy 6th grader? I’m sure we all know Wikipedia is an “encyclopedia” created and maintained by the general public. You or I could theoretically go in there and create a page full of falsehoods. Find a more CREDIBLE, non-comedic source to back up your statements. Second, the one thing you chose to defend was Hitler & Stalin? What’s even more pathetic is that you’re WRONG. As a “philosopher”, you should know there’s a difference between “sought to enslave…” vs. “fought to enslave…”. I used the word “sought” in my sentence. The Russians did seek to enslave Europe. Stalin, along with his partner-in-crime Hitler, singed a non-aggression pact that also contained a little-tiny blurb on WHO gets WHAT country. It wasn’t until Hitler attacked the Russians, thus making the treaty null-and-void, that the Soviets — by big-time default — became a WWII “ally”: http://tinyurl.com/9slhr4f

          • levp

            Your revisionist history is fascinating, but it does not make you less of an asshole.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Oh my! So you’re saying the Nazi/Russian non-aggression pact — with it’s secret agreement on who gets what — is a figment of my imagination? I even gave you one of those little-dinky links you’re so fond of. Well, it is a historical FACT. Truth hurts uh?

          • levp

            Yea, and who raised a flag over Reichstag in May 1945? (Hint: the flag was red…)

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: Here we go — Hitler betrays Stalin, attacks Russia. The Allies come in from the West, Russia from the East. The Russians take Berlin. There’s even a very famous photo of the Hammer & Sickle being raised over the Reichstag. All FACTS. Now here’s the part where I’ll type slower as not to confuse you. Take a deep breath, focus: Is the Nazi/Russian non-aggression pact — with it’s secret agreement — a lie I made up or a historical fact?

          • levp

            Dude, that secret agreement (in 1939) was BEFORE Germany invaded Soviet Union in 1941, at which point it became null and void. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Non-Aggression_between_Germany_and_the_Soviet_Union
            Another “F” for you, this time for high school World History.

          • Jim Beam

            Dude, you really don’t know when to stay down when knocked out, do you? Even your comrade Inchick shut up because he got creamed in this debate. Just stop it. You lost handily. 

          • levp

            ROFLMAO! Projecting much?

          • Seetizen Trublood

            LEVP: First of, DUUUUH! That’s what I’ve been saying! Second, WOW! You’ve just created a whole new level of stupidity. I think we should call it “LEVPidity”, as in “I can’t believe his levpidity.” It actually has a nice ring to it. I included your post for all to see just in case it “disappears” or gets “edited”.

            LEVP WROTE: “Dude, that secret agreement (in 1939) was BEFORE Germany invaded Soviet Union in 1941, at which point it became null and void. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T
            Another “F” for you, this time for high school World History.”

            OK. I say the Russian N.A.P is a FACT and provide you with a link. You come back with I’m a ‘revisionist’. I then state it’s a FACT. You come back with ‘Oh yea, who got to Berlin first?’ I then ask point blank, is it fact or fiction? And your big ‘gotcha’ reply is ‘Russia DID want to divvy up Europe, but only before Hitler attacked us — so HA!” Not sure where you got your…oh crap, I just noticed your Wikipedia link. Just answered my own question. *** We can take it if you would’ve said ‘Yea, we did want parts of Europe’. It’s the ignorance, denial of FACTS, lack of reading comprehension and your BS that we can’t stomach.

          • levp

            You don’t understand the concept of chronology, and you accusing me of ignorance and denial of facts?
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology

            In general, though, my problem with your post is not your claim that Soviet Union had expansionist policies (who hasn’t?). My problem is your claim that Soviet Union was “alongside Hitler”.

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

            I suppose that you are unaware the Wikipedia entries have been monitored in recent years by numerous individuals who have impressive qualifications to do so in the areas they make factual corrections in. They do so because they recognize that Wikipedia has become a source of information for many people, and collective misinformation is damaging to society.

            If you haven’t looked at Wikipedia lately, do so. It’s still a work in progress, but far better than it was when it started.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            LISANNE: Wikipedia is light years from what it was years ago. Anyway, I never base anything on just one source, and if I did, it definitely would not be Wikipedia.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            Sorry for the late reply. I got my work. I’m sure you have your Medical offices.

            A: Link is for?
            B: You ARE ignorant. DO NOT accept facts, and at this point, quite deluuuuuusional.
            C: So in your own little world, you call brutal Soviet oppression as “expansionist policies”? Truth hurts that much you have to gloss it over?
            D: “(who hasn’t?)”? The ‘ole “everyone else is doing it, why can’t we?” excuse. OK. In one of my other posts, I mentioned the Russians “…c’est la vie attitude towards oppression”. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case. Oh, and as for who hasn’t? And I am going out on a limb here, but I don’t recall Canada invading another country for more land. The Dominican Republic? Tibet? Switzerland? I’ll look into it.
            E: As for the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: Not only did Stalin conspire ALONGSIDE HITLER to ‘look the other way’ when the Germans invaded Poland. But ALONGSIDE HITLER, agreed to divide Poland and other European countries as part of its — as you coldly put it — “expansionist policies”. But Hitler being Hitler, attacks the Soviets. Rendering the treaty null and void. Thus Stalin had no choice but to fight Hitler ALONGSIDE the Allies during WWII. This statement is not a “claim”. It’s an undisputable FACT.
            F: Please see B.

          • levp

            Sorry, just got out of my “Medical office”. Now stuck in your BS (by your own words). Ugh.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            How apropos, A Russian wreaking of BS. But “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

          • levp

            Yes, facts are facts.

          • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

            A revelation you still refuse to embrace.

            Now stay on topic .
            Don’t deflect.
            Focus.

            My “claim”, the G.S.N.A.P., that the Russians ALONGSIDE Adolf Hitler agreed to invade and divvy up European lands before they became WWII enemies. Is that FACT or fiction?

          • levp

            Fiction.

      • Seetizen Trublood

        Why was my reply to INCHDIK deleted?

        Seetizen Trublood

    • levp

      Which part of Social Security provides one with furs and which one provides a paradise?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_(United_States)

      - Federal Old-Age (Retirement), Survivors, and Disability Insurance
      - Unemployment benefits
      - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
      - Health Insurance for Aged and Disabled (Medicare)
      - Grants to States for Medical Assistance Programs (Medicaid)
      - State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
      - Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
      - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

      On a second thought, I know who can help you qualify for SSI:
      1. See one of the recently mentioned here Mexican gangs;
      2. Yell something like “hijos de puta!” at them;
      3. Have them cut off both of your legs (one is not enough);
      4. Apply for disability through the Social Security Administration;
      5. Hire an attorney and go to court for several years;
      6. Profit!

      • Inchik

        You are so correct.  The sad part is that many people do not understand the difference between various programs and just generalize everything.  And as for getting Disability, it is nearly impossible (unless you start saying you are “mentally disabled”).  

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      If they can collect Social Security without working, that would be amazing to me since it’s calculated based on one’s work record…

  • Inchik

    The video is of bad quality and very unprofessional.  Even an amateur can take a less shaky video with less blurry and overexposed images.  

  • Barkingspider07

    AHHH!!  SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME – I CAN’T SEE!!  MY EYEBALLS HAVE MELTED!!

    OMG – Speedo’s for fat men and plus size bikinis should be outlawed.  People who wear these types of bathing suits should be arrested, or at least presented with full length mirrors.  A perfectly good video was ruined with ugly!

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      In other countries, I guess it’s not frowned upon. Guess our way is not the only way. Personally, I’d like to see a nude beach somewhere in Coney Island, then have Sheepshead Bites announce “A Day Without Clothes” (food included)

    • Inchik

      You heard all those stories about “hot Brazilian women”?  Well, few years ago we were at various beaches in Brazil and MOST are “NOT MODELS” and you see size 20 in bikini and topless :(  But, they feel confident and comfortable.  Don’t like, don’t look and go somewhere else.  Actually my husband was very disappointed and I was as well as we were looking forward to some Brazilian “model types”

  • AJoiB

    “Brighton Beach’s Bureau of Tourism* recently commissioned its award-winning marketing team to create a documentary on the wonders that are Brighton Beach”.
    Who are you kidding? Really…take this offline.

  • Pat Singer

    I think its nice that this guy came to Brighton Beach with his girlfriend and filmed a memory.  I wish he would have kept the camera more steady and didn’t move that camera so fast.  Leave the Speedo for the younger guys although he was im pretty good shape.  Hey I award the effort

  • Tinman

    Hope they licensed Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe!”

    • Sturmoviknik

      “Hey Joe (Stalin). Where you going in that thong of yours?”

      • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

        very seldom is it that I laugh out loud to myself. But this one deserved it!

  • Odessaphile

    Could be much worse – the super-sized…er…”women” could’ve been wearing the Speedos.

    Now THAT would have certainly made for an interesting “Russian Dolls” episode!

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I think the video is kind of condescending and not flattering of Brighton Beach at all. Why focus on a man wearing a Speedo who is a bit out of shape, for so long. How about showing the very many beautiful young ladies? Or even the men? Heck, never mind young, there’s loads of Russians older than me in fantastic shape, mean and ladies.

       How about showing  the freaking lady who must be 70 years old, who is daily doing crunches by hanging herself over a bench?

       He didn’t show how beautiful  the beach and boardwalk scenery really is. Guess he didn’t want to.

       And the article comment about “watching out for Mexican gangs” can be done without. Buddy, watch out for the millions of pickpockets in Manhattan. How’s that. I’m just being fair.

  • Ymakhnin

    Why did you even put it in. I walk on Brighton Beach every day-work there. What Russian only Russian signes? What kind of language, different people: immigrant and fruit stands.
    It is not about Beighton, It is about bad taste. Look for better stories, please

  • Guest

    All I know is that the cold war should not have ended…so these refugees would have not become leaches on the working society……

    • levp

      Actually, it is the other way around: U.S. policies during Cold War brought them here in the first place!

      “Another inspiration for their conservatism, scholars and political professionals say, is the legacy of President Ronald Reagan.
      Kalman Yeger, a campaign manager for Lewis A. Fidler, a city councilman and Mr. Storobin’s Democratic opponent in the State Senate race, said many Soviet immigrants never lost their gratitude to Reagan for his role in the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union. His 1987 exhortation to Mikhail Gorbachev that he tear down the Berlin Wall still flutters hearts in Brighton Beach.
      “The Republican Party was the party that brought them out of despair,” Mr. Yeger said.”
      http://newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2012/05/10/rub-your-eyes-praise-ronald-reagan-nytimes-local-story-gop-voting-sovie

      So thank Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party for me, would you?

      • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

        LEVP: Of course we provided asylum to all those who fled communism. DUH! It was done before, during and after Reagan. But the notion that only one party defeated communism is quite laughable. Before Reagan, it was a Democrat (Kennedy) who stood before the berlin wall against Soviet oppression. After him, both Democrats and Republicans. You and these uneducated Russians have to learn that it was The United States that “…brought them out of despair,” not a Democrat or a Republican. By the way, we don’t want your “thanks”. Yes, In the defense of freedom we sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot. Brighton Beach is proof of that.

        • levp

          Hey, I actually agree with that! Now tell that to the rest of Russian-speaking population here. I want to see this article in NY Times: “Former Soviet Immigrants Shifting Votes To Democrats”…

      • Anon

        First, DFTT.

        Secondly, it was actually the efforts of Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) in the 80s that lead to immigration reform that allowed Soviet Jewery to be granted asylum in larger numbers as refugees in the US.
        Every Russian* and Russian Jew who came to this country and has grown up to be successful members of the community such as teachers, lawyers, and doctors or has enjoyed even a modicum of freedom owe a debt of gratitude to Frank Lautenberg.

        *Russian meaning the former Soviet Republics.

        • levp

          My post was at least a little bit sarcastic. I agree that if not completely bipartisan, there was no opposition from Democrats (that I know about) to Reagan’s efforts, because no politician wanted to be seen as sympathizing to Soviets. I do wish, though, that the people who Sen. Lautenberg helped would give some respect back in the form of votes…

        • Seetizen Trublood

          A: GFYS — but I do have a big appetite for BS’ing Reds.
          B: I’m a fan of Mr. Lautenberg

        • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

          Hey, here’s one of your “successful members of the community” who I’m sure has thanked Lautenberg a million times over: http://tinyurl.com/9z9e223

  • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

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  • Seetizen Trublood

    Why are my comments being deleted?

  • http://www.facebook.com/seetizen.trublood Seetizen Trublood

    Yet one more of the “successful members of the community” who are willing to risk it ALL for freedom and opportunity: http://tinyurl.com/93qtzqa