Can Opener and Shoes

Looking through the internet I have started to find things that were designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union. I made these two small watercolors as examples of how our artwork  may or… Continue reading

Otar & Vladimir

We met Otar  and Vladimir on the street here in Brooklyn in front of one of our favorite Uighur restaurants.  Otar is from Tblisi, Georgia and Vladimir is Korean from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. We sat down and… Continue reading

Coney Island Avenue and Joel Samuels Plaza

Middle Class Row Houses

Walking around the neighborhood here in Brighton Beach I discovered a small town square with a playground and many handsome middle class row houses, cottages, and small gardens. Most of the children playing… Continue reading


Mikhail Zhileznikov has made a documentary on booths/kiosks in Saint Petersburg so I set about trying to find out if there are any kiosks here in New York’s Brighton Beach. I found a… Continue reading

Booths by Mikhail Zheleznikov

Link to Movie: Booths (2008, 27 min., 75 mb) Documentary about the hidden world of booths on the streets of a big city. Produced by St.Petersburg Documentary Film studio.

A Walk from Sheepshead Bay to Brighton Beach

Zhanara and I got off the elevated subway station from Sheepshead Bay and then walked  to Brighton Beach. Along the way I took a few photos that I just got back from the… Continue reading

Stairway to the B & Q Line on Brighton Beach Ave.

An anatomy of the built space in and around Brighton Beach gives us a sense of the daily life of the neighborhood. The trains that go to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn are… Continue reading

Brighton Beach Avenue