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Lolita Divilova lives in Coney Island, where she is active in the community as a member of Community Board 13 and the board of Brightwater Towers Condominium. A native of Baku, Azerbaijan and a former Moscow resident, Lolita and her family immigrated to New York in 1993. After first settling on Ocean Parkway, where many people from Baku then lived, they bought an apartment at Brightwater Towers in 2012. The sense of celebration, constant fun and smiles on the boardwalk and at the amusement attractions that she first enjoyed coming here with her children made her want to live here. An interest in Coney island development and the history of the Brightwater Towers site led her to research the subject for the building's upcoming sixtieth anniversary. "I'd love to do something, an exhibition, or something interesting to put on the website," she says, "Or even some large photos in the building, so people know where they live. It's very important. History is very important."