New York, NY, USA
I own this with Rachel's other photograph (a Russian ballet student). They mirror each other beautifully and I have them hung together.
Cons: Like Natasya Before Class, not my favorite shot from this series. But that's not to say I don't like it a lot.
I own this, along with Rachel's other photograph on 20x200, which play off each other nicely. Love the world of Russian ballet, so this fits in with my aesthetic.
Cons: Not my favorite photograph from this series, but the only one on 20x200. My husband thinks it's a bit creepy that she's so young, but is happy to look at it in our living room.
The. Best. Restaurant. Ever. If I couldn't eat anything but their pierogi for the rest of my life, I would die a happy woman. (Bonus points for amazing burgers and non-Ukranian food.)
Cons: The wait on a weekend for brunch is what you'd expect for one of the East Village's most popular hangs.
Russian Debutante's handbook an amazing debut, equally enjoyed Super Sad True Love Story. Great contemporary Russian author with a flair for satire.
Cons: Couldn't get through Absurdistan, in spite of my love for his language. Wish he were more prolific.
The perfect museum for locals because there's always more stuff to check out. Pay-what-you-want admission also keeps me coming back.
Cons: Apart from the size (which is overwhelming for tourists), the guards can be REALLY overprotective of the building (we *get* it). Kind of out there unless you're on the UES.
Great holiday present for socially-minded friends and relatives; love the business model of providing microloans.
Cons: More commitment than the average charitable donation; when giving as a gift I sometimes get nervous that the recipient won't follow through with selecting a charity.