8. Jewish Center of Coney Island is a historic synagogue in Brighton Beach

Jewish Center of Brighton Beach

As one of the only institutions on the National Register of Historic Places in Brighton Beach, the Jewish Center of Coney Island (also called the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach) is a historic synagogue at 2915 Ocean Parkway. It was built between 1929 and 1930 during the height of Jewish immigration to the neighborhood. The Renaissance Revival structure is trapezoidal shaped and features a facade of gold-colored stone. The interior features ornate stained glass windows, and the synagogue has been featured in Nicholas Cage’s film Lord of War.