Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs recreates the neighborhood in 1937 through the eyes of a teenaged son of the Jerome household.
Since then, the neighborhood has gone many changes and now it contains New York City's largest concentration of Jews from the former Soviet Union, many of whom are from Black Sea towns such as Odessa (hence the area's nickname, “Little Odessa”)
The 20,000 Soviet immigrants come from Leningrad, Moscow, and central Asia as well. To enter Brighton Beach is entering another world where people have retained their customers, their language, and their way of life.
Needless to say, it is an unforgettable experience.
Of course you can find hot dogs here, but there is also Russian, kosher and Arabic food available.