Stroll Through The Hood

Stroll Through the Hood – September 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I don’t know what happened but our fig tree in the garden that never yielded in more than one fig a year is on steroids this year. I am not exaggerating to say I had about a 100 figs at least- the picture above is just one day’s harvest. My favorite way to eat them is sprinkled with feta cheese and then baked in the oven …nom nom nom – so good as a side with all kinds of things. That being said – I really hope next year will be another fig year :)

I got a lot of messages about the flooding after the storm a couple weeks ago. It was terrible- but we personally have no damage – we had some water in the basement – but many of our neighboring businesses and friends and family have not fared too well. It is heart breaking to see people being displaced and all the personal belongings on the side of streets. Many places in the city that never flooded before were flooded and given the fact that this is going to be a more occurring phenomenon in the future, I hope we all are doing more to change our behaviors to do our part regarding Climate Change. It is real !

After the storm due to water problems we had a 4 day water boil advisory in place. Another terrible side effect of such storms. Throughout the city were some of those water “thimbles” and stations to get bottled water. In such an event you realize how privileged we are with our clean water …never have to think about it when washing our food, brushing teeth, giving it to our pets etc. I am not complaining – I am just saying it is a humbling experience and we were again lucky, at least one county in NJ (Passaic) had a boil water advisory for at least 2 weeks in place.

I am never getting tired of this view when biking down to Liberty Park.

I left a little mailbox in the park – I am not sure if someone found it and wondered what the heck this is, but it makes me smile to think someone did – maybe a kid – that would be cool. I know I would have delighted in finding this as a kid :)

In cat news …Mingus is being hilarious as always …He loves the banister and railing – we do not like that too much as we are afraid one day he is gonna fall badly.

Bobby Pretzel loves being on my desk- sometimes trying to interrupt me while working on my computer. He is sleeping next to my keyboard as I am typing and if you watch any of my webinars ArtCollab or Spill your heART, he is 90% of the times also right next to me then :)

another ride in the park – this one was a little fall indicator before it got crazily hot again.

Mushroom galore!

Loved seeing some life jazz music on this corner …It is funny how it really changes the mood of people when they walk by and then stop in their tracks and enjoy some life music.

Some new murals! This one is by Distoart , he always amazes me.

“This one is for the workers that built the tunnels.
This one is for Gene from DPW.
This one is for the David’s throwing rocks at Goliath.
This is for those rocks mined from the tunnels being the ones that smash the windows of Kushner’s skyscraper.
This one is a reminder that the truth always wins.”

Insanely and amazing huge mural by Mona Caron

“Shauquethqueat’s Eutrochium. A so-called Joe Pye weed, (not a weed but a native wildflower here), rises with the sun, facing off the skyline across the Hudson. A vision of Nature winning, of plants being the ones towering over us for a change, putting us back in our place. May we learn. May they come back.”

Hope you enjoyed this stroll through the hood. See you next month for another one :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Be careful Mingus!
    That train looks like it’s going into a real tunnel…wow.
    I always love your strolls. As a child I would have been THRILLED to find that mini-mailbox.

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  • SmilynStef

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    loved your walk experiences

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  • Robin

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    I love everything about this post! So inspirational! Btw, do you know what kind of fig tree you have? I have been wanting one.

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Stroll Through the Hood – August 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

A window that was closed at a police station – the little aquarium make this act look much better!

The early bird sees the sunrise – never ceases to amaze me.

I love the sign above the window – Hands of Gold ! Apparently this building used to be a suitcase factory- why it is was named into Hugo Pronti Artist Loft Building? No idea because those lofts in there are not any “normal” artist could afford- but maybe I find out some day :)

Another gorgeous brick building- the windows here are also bricked up – I wonder how this looks inside – it looked as if Elk Lodge was using it, but if it is still in use, I couldn’t say.

what a beautiful old gate.

This brick house in a row of many had this super beautiful tile in the brick.

Guess we have a little brick theme this time – love this chimney!!!

Bobby Pretzel and Mingus are checking out the visitor on the deck…the guy outside was pretty unimpressed LOL

Love this new photograph printed on metal that my husband purchased from Chris Woodward, an awesome photographer from Jersey City. Check out his photos here on instagram.

That was it this month – see you next month again with some photos from my Strolls Through the Hood.

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  • Vee

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    THANK YOU again for a great inspirational tour through your hood.
    Those old buildings have so many interesting small elements.
    The gate is really beautuful!
    Thanks again for sharing.

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Stroll Through the Hood – July 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Loving this mural on this building – the blue is mesmerizing …which is good…because usually when I see the mural…I sit in traffic LOL

Silly little guy looking at me through the flowers

I always love when people put flower pots out in front of their apartments onto the sidewalk – it just makes me happy to see some green. Those are all old storefronts that at some point became apartments.

Low tide at the Hudson River – after all those years the view of Lady Liberty and Manhattan never gets dull.

Massive work in our garden, we put a new fence in and also a dry well. I will show new pix once the grass came back – it looks really good now but picture hurt me a bit .

Oh and this is the first year we are actually harvesting figs from our fig tree- this was the first bunch but so far we had about 20-30 figs and they keep on coming. yum yum yum

Two silly boys waiting for their food …they start this process about 1 -2 hours before their feeding time …

Which reminds me – this is a wonderful piece by Natalya Khorover of our house. She printed some historic maps on dryer sheets, stitched and embroidered – it is so special and wonderful. The picture cannot even do this piece justice. And some of the elements she stitched onto the piece are the same you see carved into our fireplace below

And …she also embroidered the two silly cats to the piece …so of course this has to hang above this fireplace and the cat’s feeding spot :) And that was it – a bit of a home stroll . Until next time! Hope you guys are enjoying summer as much as I do.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    People having apartments in old store fronts is pretty wild!
    Love your garden in the city Nat.
    What a wonderful piece of art to hang over your fireplace.
    Thanks once again for wonderful inspiration and eye candy.

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Stroll Through the Hood – June 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Love this cute coffee place – once in a while I stop here with a friend and sit out side and admire the color combo.

You wouldn’t wanna miss this picture of Bobby Pretzel showing his insanely big tongue, no?

Fun – I would love something like this at the side of our house !

Check out the windows on this super cute house – swoon!!!!

And the top – the scallops , the lines – all of it.

This building just struck me a bit over the top …like let’s put some gigantic columns up just for “good measure” LOL. It looks even more ridiculous in person but I bet the inside of the house is pretty cool.

I love this street- the houses are like from a Victorian novel and the trees are gorgeous- take away the cars and you are almost back in time.

Love the bold color choices here. Lately it is been such a fad to paint entire houses in dark black or dark blue without any distinction for the trims, cornices, porches and roofs – especially some of the Victorians and old brick houses and I find it eye-rollingly annoying. I love black – don’t get me wrong and I and I am cool with non historic color choices for those houses but urgggghh. The only thing worse for me is vinyl siding …so if you paint your hole vinyl sided house black, you improved it slightly LOL. I am not an expert but I predict in about 2 years everyone is tired of that look and repaints. It just makes a house loose all it’s character and is as if you put a formless tent over yourself …Baby show those curves and wonderful assets of a house :) …and if you do not know what I mean – I will make sure to incorporate a picture next time. And if you have done this to your house lately – your house is of course the exception – and I know it is looking awesome :)

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  • TIFFANY ARP-DALEO

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    Thanks for sharing your cute hood! It reminds me of our little nook in San Diego!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    OMG, the texture that you captured on Bobby Pretzel’s tongue. LOL
    I so enjoy your strolls Nat.
    I love to see older homes that look like those.
    There really aren’t many at all in my small town.
    When I worked in Salem, MA I used to like to walk down Chestnut Street and look at the details on the huge houses that used to be owned by captains of ships. The different colors are interesting for sure.
    Just for the record, my house has siding, but is just a regular house built in the 1990’s.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      haha- the texture is hilarious :) Yeah, I am not a meanie about the siding – I mean more that it was such a fad in the 40s and 50s to wrap those super old houses in siding and it always makes me wonder what is underneath.

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Stroll Through the Hood – May 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Love the facade – those details on the bay windows – be still my heart.

Which reminds me of this one – I love love love the balcony on top – and the cornice swoon. Every time walk to the post office to drop off your packages- I swoon over this house.

Speaking of Bay Windows- I loved this pop of color on this one. These little town houses are so cute and the brick work and the little terra-cotta (the white painted ones above the bay window between the second floor windows) tiles are amazing.

I also love the details on this art deco apartment building. It is a very simple brick house but the blue details are stunning.

This church with it’s magnificent brick details is amazing by itself- but look at the details of the windows. I hope someday soon I can go back in and take some inside photos -before the pandemic I never hit a time where there wasn’t a mass inside.

My favorite Mural ….

If you have followed me for a while you might recall I love Alliums- this one is gigantic again and I am so happy to say hello to my old friend !

This sign made me really chuckle – I think I am overcomplicating my pricing system – LOL- what do you think ;)

This house which I actually thought would be just torn down now looks as if it is getting restored. I am curious to see what happens. Which reminds me

I showed this photo a while ago – the house on the right has been in this boarded up abandoned State for years and years.

The house built in 1901 used to belong to a very well off Dr. Muller who apparently was very well off and used to travel to Europe every year- apparently he did about 22 Atlantic crossings. He was on one of his big Europe travels right when WWII broke out and was trapped on a German ship not being able to get back home and was met with a lot of press when he finally managed to get home via some other countries and landed in Hoboken.

Anyway- look what happened over the winter – they fixed it up. I dare to say there is probably not much left of the original house and I wish I could have seen what it looked like underneath the horrid aluminum siding but part of me is a little bit happy that it is still standing.

Speaking of pleasant surprises – this house in my neighborhood – a former firehouse is being restored as well

Look at the gorgeous brick and the cool Firehouse sign being revealed again. It is so much fun to see those buildings come to live again. This was it this month – up and until next month – I hoped you enjoyed the stroll. 

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  • Bev Gwinn Jones

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    What a marvelous hood it is ! Thanks so much for the stroll, 3 houses in my historic hood are under renovation can’t wait to see them finished 💜👏🏽🐝

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  • Berit Gustavsson

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    Hi

    Love Your ” Stroll through the Hood”. I like New York and it’s naighborhoods. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Debbie in AZ

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    I love your strolls through the hood! They are the main reason I read your blog. I love how you find inspiration in the every day. Thank you very much!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I so love your strolls!
    I guess you had something to do with the blue accents.
    You will tell us which one at some point?
    That 99 cent sign is very amusing.

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Stroll Through the Hood – April 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Loved seeing this church with the gorgeous terra cotta tiles and took a double take when I realized the writing was in German. I know that this neighborhood in Jersey City had a bigger amount of Germans around 1850 – 1900 but it was the first time I actually noticed traces of that.

Loe the two different hand painted signs on the brick – very cool.

I love those flowers in my garden – they remind me of my childhood as those were some of my mother’s favorite flowers as well. Nature is so cool!

I am not sure you realized how hard it is for me to work on the computer because that is what I see everyday on my desk next to my key board …so much cuteness!

Someone working on some serious curb appeal …fun though.

I didn’t see who made this -bad me – but loved the colors and swirls – fun stencil work.

Karate Kitty – makes me happy :)

And Dance Bears – same artist as the Karate Kitty – Sean 9 Lugo

Such a cool church window- I wonder how this church looks like inside.

Boarded up house- look at this magnificent Eastlake Door and all the wood details. Hopefully it will find a loving owner some day.

I am so happy now that the weather is so much nicer that we can stroll around the hood more again. We actually have a plan of walking all of Jersey City …let’s see- hahaha- We have to redo some of the many areas we walked already over the years- so it is like starting from zero …but it is the best way to get to know your city and it is quite fun. I will let you know about our progress and if we fail…well ….we won’t hahah ;)

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Stroll Through the Hood – March 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Mingus and my husband working on some chords- LOL . One of the things I love about cats is how they see everything with the eyes of a toy, prey or food hahaha – basically can I play with this pencil, can I hunt it, can I eat it?

These wooden entrances are just making me so happy! 

Stencil inspiration – at an apartment building in my neighbor hood. 

Secret Beach is open until the end of the Month and I loved coming here at low tide.

It was so good to be out even though it was crazy windy that day.

Little green hearts!!! 

And this on a tree close to the beach looks like  a sea shell  – I thought that was cool! 

A little bike ride to the edge of the river …this view is on my list of painting subjects. It was so good to be able to get out of the house on a bicycle again – I am missed my daily bike rides. Now that it gets warmer every day I feel much more energized and hopefully for what the year brings :) Hope you are all doing well! Are you exploring the outside a bit more too? Tell me about i! 

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Why does Secret Beach close at the end of the month?
    That scene (last photo) will make a terrific painting!
    I got my package today…thanks.

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  • Andrea R Huelsenbeck

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    I love the unique views of the Statue of Liberty! I’ve never seen her from that vantage point.

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  • Robin

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    Your hood has so many interesting things to see! Love your pictures and yay! to getting out again.

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Stroll Through the Hood – February 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Quite some snow in February – here is my husband Rescuing our big brush that was fallen down from all the heavy snow. It didn’t get uprooted so it made it :)

Someone made a little snow man for Abe …I thought that was nice!

Lincoln Park – I love this park – – it was nice with the now and I cannot wait to see the trees come back to carrying their green roofs :)

I love the sign on this Sub Store and hahah- about the little pigs too.

I know I have shown the church before- but it is making me happy every time I walk by. My friend Marsha said, it has something of a Disney Castle- and maybe that is it.

See those two goofs? They make us laugh everyday and they have also quite some skills. The very innocent looking Mingus in the background can take off iron cast lids from a big Dutch Oven. How I know ? Let’s say it has been a very special cleaning experience in the kitchen …cannot leave anything unattended. Bobby Pretzel likes to help …I have never had crazier cats.

Some movement on this property – fence around it- it must have looked so beautiful in it’s hay days. I hope I find a picture some time to see.

On the same block is this house which has this magnificent iron work – I love this so much!

Such a gorgeous iron cast newel. While I like the patinaI hope someone gives it some TCL soon!

couldn*t resist that Mingus and Bernie are sharing the same mittens, this is what happens if you are inside for too long ;)

I loved the cardboard city decoration at my favorite Cheese store- I want this in my windows !!!

After one of the milder snow storm days …while I hate the cables I did find beauty in them with the snow covered tree. 

I am happy warmer days are coming …While I do have lots of wonderful friends who have their birthday in February and sweeten up the month for me ;) – I am not embracing February hahaha- that is basically the month I am getting impatient and think “Enough already with the cold and snow!”

Thanks for joining me on this stroll – I hope to see you next month again.

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Stroll Through the Hood – January 2021

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Puzzling – was it a window and then covered up? And then there are elements missing …I like it :)

I love the sign – the font and the butterfly – for this flower store.

I am always intrigued by bright colors on brick ad I love those big eyes.

Def. a sign from a while ago.

This green little house intrigued me. Is it Santa’s Shop?

A hidden treasure of Art Deco – I walked past this building a million times, never realized the name on the building nor the top of the entrance.

I loooovee Cornices- – I have a little bit of a obsession for them – but this one is the coolest- look at the corner !

Love those bears peaking out from the closed windows and I love the brick work underneath some o f the windows.

This house makes me scream. Sometime in the 40s or 50s some guy must have walked around in Jersey City and told the citizens “hey guys, your house would look sooooo much better if you would just put some aluminum siding onto it” and 80 percent of the people did. I hate it – you know there is some beauty underneath those sidings!

Lot’s of signs down this week- probably from the storm .

Lovely Cardinal .

Interesting beautification of this lion LOL

Loved those hands in their rusty cans.

Great mural by Mr. Mustart and I like the blue painted brick building. I especially like that the trim is painted in a light color. I dislike the fashion fad right now where everyone seem to paint the old brick buildings in dark colors but without any distinction of the trim or roof and all those buildings look like shapeless blobs.

Not only was the house itself amazing- but this door was fun. We are actually getting a new door soon – maybe meanwhile I can have a go at the old one LOL.

Lovely view of Manhattan from Riverview Park.

Fairy house – actually the only house you could possibly afford on this street ;)

RIP John Lewis!!!

What a beautiful house – it is in bad shape but it looks as if there is some restoration starting soon.

Thanks for joining me on this stroll – I hope to see you next month again.

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  • Andrea R Huelsenbeck

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    I always love strolling with you, Nathalie. Love that beautiful Victorian. I hope you’re right and someone shows it some love.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- glad you enjoyed the stroll Andrea- maybe some time later I can show the progress on the victorian house :)

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