first time to brighton beach

After living in New York City four crazy years, this New Yorker took her first trip to Brighton beach. Dont be too shocked, I have also never been to the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island and I would never dream of going to Times Square New Years Eve. Brighton Beach made me feel like a foreigner in my own country.


I knew that Brighton beach, ( a.k.a. Little Odessa) was known for Russian immegrants yet I found myself shocked to hear the Russian language everywhere I went. The whole day I was there, sunbathing in my cute green bikini, walking on the boardwalk, and buying water at a corner store all I heard was Russian, Russian, Russian.

Coming from Seattle, a pretty cool mixed city, I was surprised to see how segregated New York really is. Under the elevated train it was hard to find a single sign in English. Something about it felt charming and appealing. Yet at the same time, I grew up believing that people should not segregate themself from other communities. I can’t really judge them because I don’t know what it is like to be a foreigner in the United States. Although, I did have a chance to feel like one for a few hours.

3 Comments so far

  1. Sean (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 4:20 am

    You should try London! Its fast becoming the biggest Polish city outside the land of the best Wodka! Quick question, can you be existential and normal at the same time?

  2. Dhaval (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    Some would say Sean that to be normal is impossible without being existential.

  3. jen (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Under the “elevated train”?? aaaaaaaaahahahahah NO ONE form NY says that. Ever. It’s the El. aaaaaaahahahahaha. Go back to Seattle and cry over Curt. THanks. NY has enough pretentious idiots.

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