Lost Seaside Resorts of Brighton Beach

Historic Oceanside Summers

With Melanie Macchio

Brighton Beach has a well-known history as Little Odessa, home to immigrants resettling from Eastern Europe and Asia. However, this neighborhood enclave began as a family playground by the sea, filled with Victorian hotels, bathhouses, racetracks, casinos, and vaudeville theaters, all of which hosted dignitaries and celebrities looking to escape the heat and prying eyes of city summers. Join architectural historian Melanie Macchio to learn about the history of this lost seaside resort, the lives of those who played there, and the stories of those who made and lost their fortunes there. Registration is now closed.

Saturday, August 22
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Virtual Tour

Member: $10
Non-member: $20

illustration of horses and buggies outside the Hotel Brighton
Hotel Brighton from the Bell's Picturesque Guide to American Watering Places. Photo: Library of Congress. Modifications: photo cropped.