We explored Fort Washington Park and walked alongside the Hudson River. On our journey we asked people walking by the water about their past experiences, life advice, fears, goals, and how they slow down. We encountered several kind and strong people, and this prompted our philosophical reflections.
Society generally looks down upon people pursuing art because of the small, competitive, and unprofitable job market, but every artist we spoke to seemed to be happy and excited to go to work everyday which, in our opinion, that is what is most important in life. When we began our project, we wanted to focus on more successful artists who had their work in galleries in SoHo, but we soon realized that those stories weren’t the most interesting. We started out talking to a gallery owner, and later worked our way into talking to artists who sold on the street. As we began to discover more unknown artists, we gradually noticed how passionate these artists were. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, not knowing if the world will appreciate your creations. The following quote by artist Etta embodies the spirit of everyone we spoke to: “Stay awesome and don’t let your magic die”.
In this recent walk, we strolled around the west village and ended up citi biking around the neighborhood. We also biked far uptown and saw more of the city.
Our walk included many themes but they all had similarities for human connection. There is just something more than hate, to realize things don’t have to be as complicated as they seem as we weave ourselves in a structure and rules of society. Let’s not forget that through all the billions of similarities between us, connecting and understanding, weather through inspiring each other with architecture, noticing different outer appearances or tragedy, we all feel life the same.
As we stepped out of Lab thoughts of curiosity and excitement began. I was about to adventure into chinatown one last time to see if we could connect one last time in some sort of way. Through this last walk I was really able to connect more with the people and the neighborhood. I walked into stores more than I did before and connected with all the decorations and things around me. I observed closer and took a moment to pause and look what each person was doing and the buildings around me. This last walk really helped me out realize how special Chinatown is. It’s a community where everyone comes together and I felt like I was in a whole new world when I got there.
We wandered from Soho to Chinatown. Throughout our walks we focused on different topics ranging from architecture to artwork, and in the end we learned a lot about the transition and history of different neighborhoods. We spent time interacting and walking around both Chinatown and Soho, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
This walk was centered around exploring and understanding AIDS activism in the 1980s. I walked throughout the village, to hospitals, and with someone who was in ACT UP. These walks have been deeply important in connecting me to an issue I care about.
We went on a journey to Chinatown, we had good food, explored the neighborhood and had a good time.
We had a great time walking through Chinatown and the Lower East Side and learning a little more about our city.