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.