Stroll Through The Hood

Stroll Through the Hood – April 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.

Still loving this mural by Pixel Pancho.

I never realized this old sign – probably some historic building marker. Love the patina and the form of it.

On the side of our supermarket-  I rarely walk down this way- so I am not sure if I missed it so far or if it is new.

Tape art by Norman Kirby – love it!

Never showed it finished- the Shepard Fairey Mural at Grove in Jersey City. It feels as if it has a different meaning nowadays.

I love spring and the opportunity to get out of the house more and explore and stroll the hood :) Cannot wait to venture further in the coming weeks .

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  • Lil

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    OMG!!! That sign!! The rust, the peeling paint. Mouthwatering!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      :) I love it too – it is really cool – glad you liked it. have a wonderful week, nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love strolls through your neighborhood Nat!
    Happy Easter and Happy Spring…

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Happy Easter and Spring to you you too Sue!!! hugs, Nat

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Stroll Through The Hood – March 2017

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.

I loved the pattern and texture the melting snow created on our deck …I do not care for the snow so much though …I am glad when it is really spring weather again :)

I love the row of brown stones on our street – the beautiful stairways and all those windows and differently colored stones – and soon the trees will be green too – wohoo

This made me laugh – I am not a big fan of those blow up figures – especially around the winter holidays (sorry!) and I was glad it was over…but nope- should have know there is one for St. Patrick’s Day too – LOL.

Loving this mural by Alice Pasquini – the colors but especially also the lettering!

 

And this one on a construction fence made me laugh !

Cannot wait for warmer weather and more strolling around -it always help me get unstuck and get new ideas or process ideas :)

Have a beautiful day

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  • Sandi

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    Hi, Nat, love strolling with you. This month was wonderful. See ya next month on the hood

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thanks for joining me Sandi :) See you next month in the hood ;)

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  • Joi@RR

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    I always love your walks almost BEST of all Nat. The brownstones are WONDERFUL. I see things like that sometimes on TV but seeing your photos just makes them really real. They are soooooo pretty. Love the black on the stairs. And the street art is just so amazing to me. You don’t see much of that around here at all… if ever. Loved this post – thank you! Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- so glad you like the strolls Joi! Thank you for taking a walk with me :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I just love brownstones and take pics of them when we go into Boston.
    That snow pattern is pretty cool as well.
    I always enjoy your strolls.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thanks for strolling with me Sue! My big dream is to live in a Brownstone some day- but I guess I keep on dreaming for now ;)

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Stroll Through the Hood – September 2016

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Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.

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The area around the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City is not really the most beautiful area- in fact …it is really really ugly and unfortunately often all that people see when they drive to or from New Jersey. So I love that there is some street art popping up here and there on the walls of ugly concrete. The above has some cool drippings and I love the monochromatic color scheme.

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Love the stencil work in this one with all the different layering.

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And this one just makes me happy because of the colors.

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this one made me laugh – I think there was a time where we had cards that you could exchange with those- kind of like trading cards? Anyone remember – maybe only in Germany – I guess I am getting old I only have a vague idea of this.

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Oh my- nature is the best painter …or maybe air pollution but let’s not think about this right now *Wink .

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This time is truly amazing regarding sunsets viewed from our deck.

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This one are the remains of a boardwalk at Liberty State Park – I assume it got destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. I love the texture and the pattern with the different materials- wouldn’t that be cool as a textured stamp?

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Here is a view of Manhattan from Liberty State Park – the historic landing pier here in the front of the picture was also heavily damaged in Sandy and has not been restored yet.

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The beautiful historic Liberty State Park train station, where the immigrants that came through Ellis Island headed out to all over America to start a new live. I love the building. It is talking to me *Wink. I need to make a painting of it some time.

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Last week some of our friends hung out at my wonderful friend’s from Beekman Lane – who had a booth with their awesome vintage and antique stuff at the Historic All About Downtown Market. As you can see we are amazing helpers and made sure people came in and bought things ;)

I had to get this hilarious Valentines Card- probably from the 40s – it made me laugh.

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and you see …we helped placing things at the right places too …the policemen on this Valentine’s Card actually has no pants on ….so …we needed to make sure he was covered – LOL . but joking aside the graphics of the box and the cards, and the red lunch box you see peeking underneath are just beautiful.

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And last but not least …another sunset picture. I wish I could make such a nice color swirl into one of my paintings. Maybe by using Pouring Medium.

I hope you had fun with this stroll through my hood – take a walk next time you feel stuck when you are creating something or need a spark – it always helps me to get new ideas!

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  • ARHuelsenbeck

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    Beautiful sights. I didn’t realize you live in Jersey City. My husband and I both grew up in NJ, but moved to Arizona 28 years ago. Greg used to work for a bank (forget which one) in Jersey City, and would take the tubes over to the World Trade Center during his lunch break.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the swirl of the clouds in that last sunset photo.
    I always enjoy strolls through your various hoods Nat!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Sue – yeah that swirl was pretty cool ! Nature is really amazing!

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Stroll Through the Hood – August 2016

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Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.

 

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I cannot get enough of all the beautiful and different views Jersey City offers from the water front!

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Our neighbor hood bakery not only makes really yummy bread, they also love to use stencils on the bread- and this one: LOVE!!!!

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Look at this stink eye …he is not interested in any strolls through the hood …he rather spends his whole day exactly on that chair sleeping!

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I love the iron work we have downtown in some areas around trees.

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I have walked past this alley way a million times and never noticed it- and when I went through I found this mural.

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The biggest Sunflowers I have ever bought at a farmers market – I had to carry them over my shoulder like a log and my arms were aching- but for 8Bucks they are like having the sun four times in your living room – plus, sunflowers are my favorite flowers .

Hope you liked the little stroll through the hood- until the next time . Have a gorgeous day

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  • Rae

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    I love “visiting” your neighborhood through your strolls. So fun and happy! I would have loved to see you hauling those flowers around! hahahahah! xx Rae

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- thanks for your visit- and yes the hauling was quite a sight ;)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE the stenciled bread! Almost too pretty to eat. I would manage though.
    Sunflowers are one of my favs as well. Those are huge!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- I inhaled the bread…the last one had Olympic rings :)

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Stroll Through the Hood – July 2016

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It’s been a while since I have posted pictures of a Stroll Through the Hood – so I figured- it is about time again :) Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and have new ideas to create something.

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I am in full summer mode right now- we are taking a lot of bicycle trips and here is a favorite spot in Liberty State Park just a couple minutes from our house with an amazing view of Manhattan- yeah New Yorkers, take that, we have the best view ;)

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New and colorful graffiti getting up on Columbus Ave.

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Beautiful afternoon at the Jersey City Jazz Festival in the park in the Heights -again an amazing view.

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The historic Ellis Island Immigration train station in Liberty State Park is open again. The already very fragile building took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy, and was closed off for past couple years. I so wish there was a way to have markets and other fun stuff going on there.

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Jersey City  LGBT Vigil for the victims in Orlando. Love is Love!

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Love this colorful and fun mural I saw while exploring some different streets of the city.

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Another bike ride- another view – Jersey City, Empire State Building, Word Trade Center …not too shabby :)

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4th July in the park – it was such a beautiful day…until we were about to eat on the deck with our friends and wait for the fireworks…and it started pouring  – oh well – LOL- we still had fun!

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Love this by Sean9luo – “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him…”

Hope you liked the little stroll through the hood- until the next time . Have a gorgeous day

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  • Deb

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    I just signed up for your CJS17 and was checking out your site. Decided to look at your stroll through the hood and was so excited to see that it was Jersey City. I am from Jersey City! and have wonderful full memories of that whole area.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Deb- that is so cool! I love Jersey City – it is wonderful to live here. You actually reminded me that it is time to do another Stroll through the Hood soon again :) Have a wonderful day and welcome to CJS!!!

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  • Kandace Thomas

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    I love Jersey City. We always stay there when visiting the NYC area. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous views.

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  • Joi @RR

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    Heheheh – I know this is crazy Nat but when I think of you taking a stroll in the HOOD – I envision all in black in hoodie/high tops – carrying a weapon and looking mean!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooo…. I am thrilled to see such wonderful photos of things going on in the hood. Your visits are a delight. Thanks so much for sharing and squelching my fears :) Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Bill, glad you liked it! I will try to post more of it in the next months – I need to get back into the habit :)

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  • Sandy

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    Hi Nat,
    I live in MA and come to NYC often. I would love the address’s for the art you showed in today’s post. Most wonderfully if you would privately email me? And any additional addresses you know of with wonderful street art that only a local would know. If and when you would like to come to MA I live 4 miles from the Plimouth Rock! I would love to show you around!

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  • Kathy P

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    Your strolls are always so fun. I always get a different reality of that area through your photos—so beautiful. And the artistic talent is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us, Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you enjoy them Kathy !!!And yes- the artistic talent in this area is nuts!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I just love your strolls. Can’t you just feel the people move through the train station? You have an awesome NYC view for sure. Enjoy your summer Nat!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      HA I know exactly what you mean about the people moving through the station – must have been such an emotionally loaden place too – you just arrived, you have no clue what to expect and lot’s of hope!
      Enjoy your summer as well sue!!!

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Stroll Through The Hood – November 2015

I traveled most of this month but still had some fun time strolling through my hood. It is unusually warm for November and so sitting outside and getting happy doggies jump onto your lap and greeting you is something that can happen. The pic makes me laugh- you can barely see where the dog starts and ends ;)

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A lot of new street art was happening during November- here is a work in progress by Shepard Fairey again. I guess he likes J.C. :)

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And here is another one in progress- I will try to make sure to post pictures of the finished work next month.

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Below is a fun pigs in space graffiti by my friend Sam Pullin aka Bed Bugs in Love – love it! I also often say “if pigs could fly” …

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Mana Contemporary had an Open Studio day – perfect time to goof around there with some friends …sorry but …cannot take everything art related too serious ;)

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In front of Mana was this awesome new mural by How and Nosm

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And last – this made me crack up when I was crossing the street and looked up – by @sean9lugo – super fun!

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I love that there is so much street art is happening in Jersey City – it makes me excited to walk around everyday even if it is for normal errands like going to the supermarket and keeping an eye open if there is something new happening that might inspire me.

Hope you liked the stroll!

Have a gorgeous week

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  • Karen D

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    I really enjoy seeing your neighbourhood, would love to have so much street art around for inspiration. I live in a seaside area in NSW, Australia, lots of sea, sand and trees, but not much street art. A few years ago my husband and I went down to Sydney to a little island that was once a ship building facility and nowadays they use the area and all the old buildings for some art festivals. The one I am thinking of was called “Outpost”, and they had the most wonderful collection of street artists displaying their work, it was amazing. There was talk of it being an bi-annual event, but unfortunately I haven’t seen it advertised again. You may still be able to see a record of it on the web if you google “Outpost at Cockatoo Island”.
    But thanks for sharing all the cool art in your neighbourhood.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Loved this post. Of course, the pics of you always make me smile because you are smiling/laughing in most of them!! But these were really fun with the doggie and silly friends! I have never seen this type of artwork in person – out in the world – so I can only imagine how it must look when you are standing near it. Personally – I so love seeing the world thru your eyes Nat. Seems like I have traveled miles with you and love it all. Love the bear and she is in orange – my fav!!! But these are all just so intriguing to me. Thanks bunches for sharing. j.

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  • Barb J

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    I really enjoy your “stroll through the hood” pictures. Jersey always has something going on with art. You picked the perfect place to live.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Barb- yes it certainly wasn’t a bad choice :)

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  • Jenny Petricek

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    Great views of what looks like a very artistic city! Love the murals!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Jenny- yes there are heaps of artists here – lots of fun :)

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  • Leadonna Fritts

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    Love your strolls! You certainly live in a cool area. It must be inspiring for you to just walk to a local market. Do you come home in the mood to create some art of your own?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Lea! Yes- I often come home and cannot wait to get into the studio to try out something that was inspired by my stroll.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the stroll as usual!

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Stroll Through The Hood – October 2015

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This golden month was filled yet again with lot’s of bicycle trips. I will for sure miss those little rides in the colder months but let’s see what was inspiring and fun in October!

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Bam  – a really cool new mural surfaced near Mana Contemporary done by Shepard Fairey – amazeballs!

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And there he was with the mayor and some other peeps early in the morning when we took our bikes to see the mural. We had no idea he was there and that was quite cool …I did not say hi though … I am having art crushes and then get like super shy …and think he probably really doesn’t need a person jumping like a 3 year old telling him “love your stuff, so cool ” hence nothing more intelligent went through my mind at the moment ;)

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Another bike ride – almost out of J.C.

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flying by a mural by Li-Hill

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Mural by Sue One.

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I tawt I taw a puddy cat ;)  – this one is by Jerkface

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Another weekend we spent a couple hours at the Secret Beach – where you have a fantastic view of Lady Liberty and you are pretty much alone …

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I am still fascinated by horseshoe crabs – this one is a mini baby horseshoe crab- it was smaller than the palm of my hand.

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I love the pattern here!

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yes yes- I am obsessed with the lady liberty- but also loved the natural colors and textures.

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The Secret Swamp – gorgeous colors right now

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And it was just so beautiful and peaceful – again crazy if you think you are a stone throw away from the busiest city in the U.S.A

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Now this crab shell totally spoke “Yoda-Face-Asleep” to me- tell me what you see :)

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And with this hidden path photo I wish you a wonderful day! Hope you enjoyed the stroll through my hood this month!

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  • Gunvor

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    I do love your strolls and to see through your camera lens. This time I really enjoyed the beach photoes – there is something about beaches “off season” that I love. I can see the Yoda face when you mention it, but for me it was a Teenage mutant ninja turtle on the Shell …

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  • Cindy L

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    First of all, how totally awesome to come across that new Shepard Fairey mural, then to see him there in person…wow!! I would have been completely tongue tied like you…lol. I continue to be completely in love and impressed with street art and would have been swooning at the sight of the artist..ha ha! Thanks for sharing as always!!

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  • Andrene

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    Love your monthly strolls and seeing the murals. I’m certain they so much more impressive in real life! Shepard Fairey is from my hometown (Charleston SC) and he did some beautiful work here back in 2014. And absolutely Yoda!!! You nailed it ?

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  • Hélène

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    Hi Nat, I really enjoy reading your posts and especially the stroll through the Hood! From out there in Paris it Vives me great insight on NY & NJ. Sometime I’ll come and see it all by myself. Big hugs from an old fan of yours

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Not sure if I would have come up with Yoda on my own, but I do see a face for sure. It continues to amaze me that you have such a view of Lady Liberty and you don’t even live in NYC. Love that first mural and how the brick gives it such a perfect texture (goes along with the strong lady).

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  • Kathy P

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    I so enjoy the view through your lens, Nat! Wonderful perspectives, beautiful composition. I MUST take a drive up to see this artsy city you call home! And I enjoyed seeing the horseshoe crabs—-I grew up on the southeastern CT shore and these babies were everywhere! I actually saw Cirious George in yours here! Thanks for starting met Saturday off with a smile.

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Stroll Through The Hood – September 2015

I did some nice bicycle strolls through the hood this month – although I have to admit – I am still a bit scared riding my bike in this city. The streets are insanely bad and are pot hole traps and the car drivers basically never watch out for bicyclists. But anyway …let’s go!

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I loooooveee this- here it is still in progress. Mural by Hellbent close to Journal Square in Jersey City.

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This was taken at the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery. Prior to it’s creation in 1829 it was the site of multiple Revolutionary War skirmishes and an ammunition storage during the War in 1812. Now it is inhabited by goats and maybe ghosts? :) Apparently there is a Halloween Candle Light Crawl scheduled on Halloween – you won’t find me there- I would probably pee my pants- LOL

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Dylon Egon ‘The Evolution of Modern American Man’ – love his work!

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The last couple months we had dinner almost every evening on our deck enjoying the city view -I will miss this for sure as it is getting colder.

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Have I mentioned before that EVERYTHING is bigger in America? Well …I am not the tallest person, I admit , but I took a photo of this sunflower looking up, it is like a huge shower head- LOL. FUN

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Another bike tour through the Liberty State Park – sneaking up from behind on Lady Liberty :)

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Fascinating lines and lights – the old Railway Station where immigrants coming from Ellis Island would head out to all other places but NYC in the States.

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just loved this view Jersey City,The World Trade Center and Manhattan…and look at the heron …I am amazed that these places exist – little oases in buzzing cities ….

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Another view of Manhattan … now…who has the best views of Manhattan? Yes ….we in Jersey City have ;)

 

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And things like this make my  day :) Hope you have a beautiful day too! Thanks for strolling with me through my hood!

 

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  • Barb J

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    These are terrific pictures. You have a fabulous view of many fantastic places right outside your door. Thanks for sharing.
    Barb

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  • Audrey

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    I really enjoyed the cemetery. It would be sooooo cool to do the Halloween Candlelight Crawl.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures and your inspiration.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      hehehe- yeah the Halloween Candlelight Crawl – still don’t think I could do that. Thanks for visiting!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wonderful stroll to see while eating my cereal this morning!
    Love that first colorful mural. And the view from your place is incredible.

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Stroll Through The Hood – August 2015

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What a beautiful summer this is  – perfect to stroll through the hood :)

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Graffiti by Emilio Florentine – love the energy!

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Pedestrian Area down town – someone started painting those ugly planters – YES . so much better and making me really happy!

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Beautiful window display by one of my favorite stores in Jersey City – Beekman Lane . It’s even prettier from inside with the light coming through the glassware into the store !

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Loved the colors of the boarded windows against the brick – would love to have  a studio in this building.

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Another awesome brick house – I love the details of the the windows and around the window as well as the alcove.

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Not sure what this frame around a porch is called in english – but look at the gorgeous cut outs – super inspiring as a pattern for an Art Journal Spread.

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Loving the colors, the lines, the font, the face – everything – about this by Christina Angelina aka @starfightera

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And for the first time while waiting for my trainer in our community room of the building I realized these awesome textures -loving the brick, copper, wood, ceramic and textile mixture and the color scheme is speaking to me for fall.

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Since I am a sucker for sunflowers, this makes me happy. I love those little community garden oases all over Jersey City.

Hope you enjoyed the stroll through the hood this month – until next time!

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  • Roberta S

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    I love reading your posts because they are always so upbeat and positive. I am a country girl through and through, but I enjoy your insight into the beauty that can be found in an urban setting. I find street art to be totally amazing, and I love seeing all the buildings you find on your strolls. Thank you for showing us the beauty to be found in our older cities if only one is willing to make the effort to find it.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I especially love that first photo of the black and purple design.
    I always enjoy your strolls thru the neighborhood.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Sue, glad you like the strolls! I love that black and purple design too – so striking!

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  • Kathy P

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    Wow—living here would be such a delight! A feast for the eyes everywhere you look! Thanks for sharing, Nat—Jersey City is now on my bucket list of places to see.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It is fun to live here- and if you are visiting the Big Apple a great place to stay as it is so close by and way cheaper.

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