Page 31 (bottom) of the Glimpses of the New Coney Island book: Brighton Beach Hotel
Photograph of the Brighton Beach Hotel from the beach
"[William A.] Engeman constructed his Brighton Beach Hotel in time for the 1878 season. This vast wooden hotel, 460 x 210 feet and several stories high, with accommodations for nearly 5000, could also feed 20,000 people per day."