- Posted March 10, 2014 by
Brooklyn, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Little Russia, "Odessa" by the sea..Brighton Beach..
For me it was going back to my Ukrainian roots, a walk down memory lanes and I found many there which I hope to put in a few reports.
I was struck by the typical Russian opulence, the decadent shops, clothing, foods, furs, chocolates, fancy cakes, jewelry, hair salons, restaurants, etc. in contrast to the folklorish peasant Ukrainian background I grew up in, yet my grandmother owned a grocery store and I thought we were fairly well off. Notice the pickles, tomatoes, cucumber salads and breads in #8 and 9. These were often on our table in Westbury LI, where I grew up and my grandmother who came over from Ukraine had her farm.
As I wandered the streets, and back alleyways ( in another report hopefully) thinking about my own life, I wondered what the feeling there was about what sometimes seems like never ending clash with Russia and Ukraine. I saw some small churches, art, heard some music and conversations and my overall impression was that there was a feeling of uncertainty that is felt in a lot of immigrant communities. To be continued..
March 9, 2014.