100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Beating The Summer Heat In New York

The village of Gravesend near the city of New York included Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, and Sea Gate. In 1869 real estate developers built a pier and named the beach property Brighton after the English beach town of the same name. The Ocean Hotel was built in 1871 and bathing facilities in 1878. A railroad system was built from Brighton Beach to Flatbush and ended at Coney Island. By 1912 Brighton Beach has a vaudeville theater and many apartment buildings as it grows with New York City.

Summer beach visitors gather on a Brighton Beach breakwater
July 8, 1912

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