Known as both Little Odessa and Little Russia, densely populated Brighton Beach has large apartment complexes alongside the beach, conveniently located near retail shops and restaurants. Over 52,000 people live in a square-mile area within Brighton Beach. The neighborhood is slowly recovering after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, but the resilience of its people shines through, as they rebuild their lives and businesses in the neighborhood. Living in Brighton Beach costs less than other surrounding neighborhoods and boroughs of New York City, and residents can easily walk to eateries, retail shops and entertainment venues. If residents travel outside the neighborhood, public transit by subway or bus makes it easy and affordable to reach downtown Brooklyn, which is less than 10 miles away.