April 21, 2017

Hanami in New York!

Hanami (花見, "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers ("hana") are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry ("sakura") or, less frequently, plum ("ume") trees.

There are so many places to see in the State of New York, so every time I visit I try to make it a point to discover a new neighborhood in the different boroughs. This time around, I decided to go to the Brighton Beach area in Brooklyn to experience this Russian neighborhood, also known as little Odessa. 

So, we had brunch at Volna which offers a nice view, it is right on the boardwalk facing the beach, we were well received by the staff who recommended traditional Russian dishes for my first Russian meal and also a strong shot of Beluga Vodka, which I could not finish! 

We spent the day on the boardwalk, checking out Brighton beach and the very busy Coney Island, it's a very scenic walk. A fusion of cultures, families, a movie being filmed, foodie lineups draped by a sunny beach view. If you are opting for a quieter experience at the beach, my recommendation is to stay on the Brighton beach side, it's more relaxing. 

It was much warmer than Montreal, of course. But, not hot enough for me to wear my bikini, so I wore a lingerie bodysuit from Winners with some light blue denim pants and a choker from my new spring collection available on etsy. Also, my lipstick color is "Love Me 13" from Essence Cosmetics.

I purchased some Russian dolls at the souvenir shop in Little Odessa, I've always wanted these.

By the way, yes my braids are midnight blue! I was feeling inspired by Spring so I thought to step out the box. It's cherry blossom season, so I was lucky to catch these trees at their peak in Central Park. I also spotted some at Washington Square Park near Greenwich Village. There is also a Cherry Blossom festival starting April 29th 2017 in New York, I wish I could be there.

On Easter Monday we spent the day shopping through Chinatown, going to Uniqlo in Soho and than retreating at Jack's Wife Freda for a late lunch. Little tip, go to the Carmine location instead of Lafayette, you will get seated much faster at the first address. 

For all this walking, I packed my comfy Jadde booties from Musse & Cloud USA , which fitted perfectly with the emerging spring weather in stylish NYC.

Next stop, Doob! We knew we had to check it out while in NYC, they basically take a 3D photo of you and than replicate into an actual statue, it's impressive. We had a little info session with one of the representatives, so we will definitely be "doobing" upon our next visit. 

Later on, we had a scheduled tour with Free Tours by Foot, we chose the Greenwich Village Dessert Tour. It was worth it, our guide Katherine was very informative and gave us a historical tour as a bonus, we went by the apartment where they shot the TV sitcom "Friends". My fave stops were the Donut Project and the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.

My Greenwich Village Recommendations for a quick break:

Caffe Reggio (Home of the 1st Cappuccino), Bluestone Lane Coffee, Joe & the Juice

Where will I travel next?  

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Lovely post dear!

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Fantastic photos! Great food!
Sweet greetings!:))


Straight A Style said...

Loving all these pics! Looks like it was fun!

Amy Ann
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Irreplaceable_fashion said...

Beautiful photos:)

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Shauna C said...

Holy cow - THOSE TREES!!! I've never seen anything like them! SO gorgeous



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Rach DiMare said...

Your travel pics make me want to book a trip asap haha! Looks like you had a wonderful time!


patricia sanchez said...

Que fotos tan chulas, son una maravilla!
Te espero por mi nuevo post bonita, mil besos!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

How beautiful are those cherry blossoms?! <3
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Amely Rose said...

I love those cherry blossoms.
amazing Pictures :D

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Melanie said...

very cool pics :-*

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Benita James said...

Such colorful and beautiful pictures.

Bernie, xx
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LoveT. said...

The Images are wonderful!


Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris said...

Such an amazing pictures!! Great post!
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Marisa Raquel Fonseca said...

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Such beautiful photos!

Jalisa Giron said...

Before I started to read your post, I just scrolled down and saw the photo of you sitting on the sand and I said, "wait a second, she's at Coney!" Haha, I'm a native New Yorker and my mom lives in Brooklyn, so we're ALWAYS at Coney in the summer! That particular area is mostly Russian, so it was wise that you experimented with the food because it is delish! I love that when you visit, you don't just stick to NYC, like most people do, but venture out to the surrounding boroughs. I'm from the Bronx, so if you haven't already, I'd definitely suggest visiting The Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens (the largest in NY). Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!



awhite said...

Those cherry blossoms are too pretty!

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Silvia Negretti said...

I love enjoy blooming trees too! :)
Beautiful pics, dear!

Aditi Oberoi Malhotra said...

The flowers are so beautiful! Stunning shots!

Adi xx

Anya Dryagina said...

What wonderful and interesting post! Lovely pictures!

Carol Vega said...

wow what's a amazing pics!! love this tree

kisses dear

Lorena said...

Marcia this a spectacular backdrop, such a tribute to nature.

Karolina Antosik said...

so fabolous photos xx

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Anonymous said...

Great pics !!

Chic Therapy said...

Such lovely pictures! What camera and lens do you use? I feel like I have asked you this before.lol

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Amy-Anne Williams said...

Oooh I recently added a Hanami to my bucket list, and it looks so beautiful. These photos are flawless, it looks like you had a wonderful time!

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