Brighton Beach, New York
Most Like: Russia
Home to the largest Russian-speaking community in the U.S., Brighton Beach is known as Little Odessa for good reason. This Brooklyn neighborhood evolved from a summer vacation spot for rich New Yorkers to a vital ethnic enclave after mass immigration for Jews fleeing Europe during World War II and Ukrainian Jews during the ’70s and ’80s. Russian-language signs dominate storefronts selling fur, vodka, books, nesting dolls, and Putin memorabilia. For a taste of Eastern Europe, peruse the buffet bar at Brighton Bazaar for blinis, smoked fish, fried potatoes, and sausages.
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