__SPACER__ The Soviet style blocks with predominantly Russian inhabitants face away from the sea front. There is architecture which ignores its context in the extreme, a sad situation at best and a crime when by the sea.
These Coney Island blocks don’t “face away” from the ocean, they are perpendicular to it. That means that all apartments have a view along the beach. If the blocks faced the beach, half the apartments would have a great view, and half would have none. Moreover, the side facing the ocean (south) would bake, and the other would be in constant shadow.
My grandparents lived in one of those buildings for decades. I’ve been there many times. It did feel somewhat bleak, but I always thought that was because I was visiting my grandparents! Some saving graces for this complex: open space with grass right in front of most buildings, spectacular views from the upper floor (my grandparents were on the 23rd floor).
Its these unfortunate beauties that brought wealth to the trump family (built by Donald’s father) and destroyed Coney Island. The even sadder reality is once Coney Island becomes a destination again. These buildings will be imploded to make way for another Vegas like landscape, and the underprivileged people who call this place home will be forced to find a new place to live. Bring on the American Dream…