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Girl with a box #williamsburg

Girl with a box #williamsburg

01:18 pm, by afzalsplanet1 note



Norooz poster in “Vestvood” a.k.a. Tehrangeles. (Iranians pronounce “W” with a “V” sound). This photo is compliments of my dad who lives in L.A. It makes me miss that California sunshine and the strip with all of the Iranian businesses. The kebab at Shamshiri or the Persian poetry books at Ketabsara.  #westwood #CA #persians #iranians #norooz

Norooz poster in “Vestvood” a.k.a. Tehrangeles. (Iranians pronounce “W” with a “V” sound). This photo is compliments of my dad who lives in L.A. It makes me miss that California sunshine and the strip with all of the Iranian businesses. The kebab at Shamshiri or the Persian poetry books at Ketabsara.  #westwood #CA #persians #iranians #norooz

01:44 pm, by afzalsplanet3 notes



Graffiti wall in #clintonhill #quincystreet #brooklyn (at 27 Quincy)

Graffiti wall in #clintonhill #quincystreet #brooklyn (at 27 Quincy)

11:53 am, by afzalsplanet1 note



Springtime in New York City brings a new feeling of hopefulness and liberation. A breath away from urban environments into the fresh air of the season, where snow melts, birds sing, and vegetation comes back to all this city concrete. Here’s Washington Square Park in transition—the trees are bare and gray ready to bloom in the next couple of weeks. March 20 will be the first day of spring, according to the Iranian New Year known as Norooz. 

Springtime in New York City brings a new feeling of hopefulness and liberation. A breath away from urban environments into the fresh air of the season, where snow melts, birds sing, and vegetation comes back to all this city concrete. Here’s Washington Square Park in transition—the trees are bare and gray ready to bloom in the next couple of weeks. March 20 will be the first day of spring, according to the Iranian New Year known as Norooz

01:38 pm, by afzalsplanet3 notes



The feeling of nostalgia hits in strong doses, some days more than others. Just one month ago, on a gray winter day in the Tehran suburb of Lavasan I walked alongside my father and uncle passing this pomegranate truck. The brightness of the red fruit against the cold day made me feel warm inside. The thought of cracking open a pomegranate. The challenge of extracting those red rubies without staining your clothing. The crunch and satisfaction of eating the precious winter fruit. The beauty of pomegranate is I can eat it here in New York, but it will still always remind me of Iran.

The feeling of nostalgia hits in strong doses, some days more than others. Just one month ago, on a gray winter day in the Tehran suburb of Lavasan I walked alongside my father and uncle passing this pomegranate truck. The brightness of the red fruit against the cold day made me feel warm inside. The thought of cracking open a pomegranate. The challenge of extracting those red rubies without staining your clothing. The crunch and satisfaction of eating the precious winter fruit. The beauty of pomegranate is I can eat it here in New York, but it will still always remind me of Iran.

02:03 pm, by afzalsplanet



The ladies and street art #tehran #iran

The ladies and street art #tehran #iran

11:21 am, by afzalsplanet2 notes



Red laced nouveau Dr. Martens are best worn on a Persian rug #drmartens #docs #persian #persiancarpet #xmas

Red laced nouveau Dr. Martens are best worn on a Persian rug #drmartens #docs #persian #persiancarpet #xmas

12:39 pm, by afzalsplanet1 note



I still refuse to watch this show #iran #shahsofsunset

I still refuse to watch this show #iran #shahsofsunset

06:53 pm, by afzalsplanet



I have been following Banksy’s work for many years now, and I am very happy to report that I have finally seen one of his original works in NYC. The “Concrete Confessional” is right in front of Cooper Union. Maybe Banksy is trying to gear this work towards the design and art students at Cooper Union? I also can’t believe he recently sold his works for $60 a piece in Central Park. I hope to spot another one of his works soon.

I have been following Banksy’s work for many years now, and I am very happy to report that I have finally seen one of his original works in NYC. The “Concrete Confessional” is right in front of Cooper Union. Maybe Banksy is trying to gear this work towards the design and art students at Cooper Union? I also can’t believe he recently sold his works for $60 a piece in Central Park. I hope to spot another one of his works soon.

05:45 pm, by afzalsplanet2 notes



Riding the ferry #nofilter #greenpoint to #nyc  (at East River Ferry Terminal North 6th Street/North Williamsburg Landing)

Riding the ferry #nofilter #greenpoint to #nyc (at East River Ferry Terminal North 6th Street/North Williamsburg Landing)

05:42 pm, by afzalsplanet1 note