Brooklyn is one of the 5 boroughs of NYC, and is the most populous one. Historically known as an immigrant working-class borough, Brooklyn in recent times has become increasingly gentrified. The borough is well-known for Brooklyn accents, the most famous subset of the New York accent, its iconic brownstone buildings, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan. Eugene Green is originally from Southern Brooklyn.
Brighton Beach ("Little Odessa")
Brighton Beach is an ocean-side neighborhood in southern Brooklyn. It is historically known for its Jewish population, particularly from Eastern Europe, as well as for its Orthodox Russian and Ukrainian communities. Brighton Beach has been a struggling working-class neighborhood, seeing only short bursts of prosperity before and during the World Wars. The neighborhood's characteristic makes it a hotbed for organized crime. Brighton Beach is the hometown of Russian-Jewish gangster, Eugene Green.
Coney Island is a residential neighborhood, beach, and vacation destination on southern Brooklyn's Coney Island Channel. The island is well known as the site of amusement parks and a seaside resort. The attractions reached their peak during the first half of the 20th century, declining in popularity after World War II and years of neglect. Nevertheless, Coney Island is a treasured summer spot for Brooklynites like Eugene and Harvey, as well as cosmopolites like Lisette and Carmen.
Manhattan Beach is a residential neighborhood on the easternmost part of southern Brooklyn's Coney Island Channel. It borders Brighton Beach to the west. It has traditionally been known as an Italian and Jewish neighborhood. During its heyday, Manhattan beach was an upscale resort area. In the mid-1950s, the site of the former Manhattan Beach Hotel was turned into a residential area and a public park. The beach is where Eugene and company go to escape the Coney Island crowds during the summer.