Monday, March 20. Today is a beautiful day, still cold but sunny and not to windy. We decide it is a perfect day to go on the Staten Island Ferry, something I really wanted to do just because I thought it would be fun :)
We took a little detour through Jersey City to go to the Path (the train that goes from JC into Manhattan) for an art stroll through the hood. We went to see some awesome murals that weren't there last time I visited (or that I didn't see then). I love it that JC helps (inter)national artist to create these beautiful pieces of art.
"Initiated in 2013 and funded by a Clean Communities Grant, the Jersey City Mural Arts Program links established and emerging local, national and international mural artists with property owners city-wide as part of an innovative beautification program that reduces graffiti, engages local residents and is transforming Jersey City into an outdoor art gallery".
Find more info HERE.
We took The Path and got out at World Trade Center station and had a look inside Saint Paul's Chapel also known as "The Little Chapel That Stood". It was a miracle that the church survived 9/11 without even a broken window. For 8 months the chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site.
From there we went to see the "Fearless Girl" who was installed in front of the Wall Street Bull on March 8 (International Women's Day).
Back in Manhattan we took the subway to go to the West Village where we saw the Gay Liberation Monument which was the first piece of public art dedicated to LGBT rights. We had lunch at Umami and then we walked to Washington Square Park. We hoped to find some entertainment there but apparently it was still to cold after all and there was not much going on there.
Most of the subway stations are (were originally) beautifully decorated with tiles and mosaic. A lot really need to be cleaned up and restored though.
Tuesday, March 21. Today we went to Brooklyn, where I had not been before. And oh my did I love it. Wherever you looked there was street art. Murals, graffiti, just tags, political statements, lovely art and even a memorial for a fire fighter all on the walls of the Brooklyn buildings.
We met Nathalie's friend Julia at Roberta's, a lovely pizza place on Moore Str. Not only the exterior of Roberta's was covered in color the wall behind the oven was a lovely piece of art, as were the restaurant and the bathroom upon the toilet paper holder. Such an awesome place! And today the weather was so amazing that we could sit outside in the garden to have our lunch!
From Roberta's we went to the Old Navy Yard that is now an area of private manufacturing and commercial activity. We visited Julia's husband who has an art studio here and is working on an amazing painting for a special project that we are not allowed to share yet so no photo's of that unfortunately.
We walked along a mural "Here goes something" that celebrates the history of the Navy Yard, created by fourth and fifth grade students.
We said goodbye to Julia and her husband and walked back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn bridge. What a great day!
In the evening Nat invited me to a cheese tasting in a local JC cheese store.
All cheeses were made by American female cheese makers and we learned a lot about how the cheeses are made, where they come from and what inspired the women to become cheese makers. The cheeses were all very yummy and I really enjoyed this evening!
All the money paid for the tasting was donated to "Planned Parenthood".
Wednesday, March 22. My last day in Jersey City. We decided to stay at home to prepare for our workshop weekend in Syracuse.
We only went out for lunch and a little bit of shopping in the neighborhood, we had lovely avocado toast, spend some time in a book store and took some donuts home (I chose American Cheescake, mmmmmm). It was soooooo cold and windy that we were glad we didn't choose today to do sightseeing and were happy to be back inside where it was warm.
This evening, while preparing to go to bed, I twisted my back and couldn't move at all. I kind of panicked as we were supposed to fly to Syracuse in the morning and I had no idea how we would do that. I didn't sleep at all as I was in pain and worrying. But we made it!
Come back soon to read how we managed and to see how wonderful our 3-day Color Crush retreat went!