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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fab Friday Faves 8.29.14

 Good  morning lovelies! I don't have much time to chat, because I am heading out to Hoboken in a couple hours to check out a couple boutiques and have coffee with the girls.  A lovely Friday and my last day for over a week with my darling Nicole as she is heading home.  Josh and I are also going to Upstate New York to Lake George this weekend for some camping and relaxing as it will be our last free weekend until October!  I will report back with the blog sometime next week.  Until then, enjoy your weekend and the last few days of summer!

1. This past weekend, Josh and I went to Maine for his friend AJ and his lovely fiancĂ© Jessica's wedding.  Everything was very light and Bohemian, and beautiful.  This is the archway that Jess made for them to get married under.  She even grew the sunflowers!  

2. I have a new jewelry obsession, Chloe and Isabel.  A friend of mine, from back in Saskatoon was having a show and I had to get in on it.  These are the two pieces I purchased from her, and there are many more I want!  Check out the site of fantastic merchandise manager Kristiana Tom and order something cute from this lovely lady! Chloe and Isabel via Kristiana Tom.

3. I saw this adorable ring the other day on Facebook at and knew I had to have it. Everything on their site is 60% off right now and for a cat lover like me it is perfect!  (a little secret as well, if you put something in your cart after you create an account, leave it for a day and you might get an email from them with even more savings).

4. When we were in Maine on the weekend, I wanted to have a couple family photos taken with the cats, as I know my sick Jinx hasn't been feeling well and it might be our last chance to have some taken.  Luckily my fantastic sister in law volunteered to snap a couple for us, and they turned out adorable even though the cats refused to cooperate.  This is just one of them, but isn't it cute?  Check out Vanessa's work at Vanessa Lavigne Photography and if you are in Maine, give her a call for any of your photography needs!

5.  I tried out a new recipe today, Banana Oatmeal Cookies and they turned out sooooo well!  I got the recipe from a blog I follow.  Check out the recipe here Moist Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies.

Today I'm linking up with:

Clare @Fitting It All In
Lauren @ Style Elixir
Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Part 2 of a Hoboken Walking Tour

Sorry about the delay on Part 2... I had planned on doing it sooner but we were in Maine from Thursday until Monday night, and honestly I feel like I have been recovering from the weekend and totally not in the mood for blogging! Anyway, here it is, the second half of our tour through Hoboken!

16. All Saints Episcopal Church was built in 1856 and has gorgeous vaulted ceilings and stained glass.  It is still used as an active congregation and school.

17. Court Street was originally used as access to residents stables.  It was a location in the movie "On the Waterfront" in 1955 when Hoboken was home to many dockhands and sailors.  The cobblestone paving stones were ships ballasts in the 1800s.  Today there are picturesque homes and businesses along the entire street.

18. Steven's Park was named in 1955 in honor of the Steven's family who donated the land.  The Civil War statue was dedicated in 1888.  The adjacent canons are from the USS Portsmith, a Civil War vessel that was decommissioned at the 5th Street Pier in 1901.

19.  The Alfred Steiglitz Home is a 19th century apartment were noted photographer Alfred Steiglitz resided.  Steiglitz was the main advocate of photography as a fine art.  His gallery in New York was one of the first galleries in the country to exhibit photography along side pieces by Picasso and Cezanne.

20. The Original Steven's Administration building was the first on the college campus and housed classrooms, offices and a lecture hall.  Today, it is the home to the Hoboken Theater Company.

21.  Steven's Gate House is the oldest structure on the Steven's estate and is made of the same rock that Henry Hudson wrote about in his log of the area.  It was the grand entrance that all guests had to go through to get into the castle. 

22.  Castle Point Terrace is the highest elevation in Hoboken offering gorgeous views of Verranzo Narrows, the GW Bridge and Manhattan.  The castle was built in 1854 and was made part of the College in 1959.  Nicole and I took some great photos up here!

23.  Steven's Institute of Technology is America's first college of Mechanical Engineering, founded in 1870 with a land grant given by the Steven's family.  It has 1800 undergrads, 2700 graduate students and 2250 online students from 21 states and 23 countries.  Some notable alumni include the co-inventor of bubble wrap, the designer of the quonset and Alexander Calder, an American artist.  

24.  Elysian Park was created in 1893 and was featured in the movie "On the Waterfront". Just east of the park was the first home of The New York Yacht Club.  The park was named for Elysian Fields where some of the first games of baseball were played.  The statue pays tribute to those who fought and died in WWI.

25. Elks Lodge #74 was founded in Hoboken in 1888.  It is the oldest lodge in New Jersey and is the mother lodge.  It is still actively used.

26. Dorthea Lange House was the childhood home of socially concerned photographer, Dorthea Lange whose photos are some of the most memorable images documenting the plight of farmers and their families during the Great Depression.

27. The Columbia Club was built as a gentlemen's society composed of 100 men from Hoboken and NYC.  It is mostly used now for events in the community.

28. The Yellow Flats were once home to one of the wealthiest women of her day, Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street as well as composer Tom Wiggins.

29. Engine Company No. 2 is one of Hoboken's first firehouses and was destroyed in the 80's and restored to it's original splendor.

30. The Lipton Tea Building was once the epicenter of Sir Thomas Lipton's vast tea empire.  Ships delivering cargoes of tea anchored along the building in the north Hoboken Harbor to unload directly onto the dock.  It is now loft apartments and is known as the Hudson Tea Building.

31. The Machine Shop is the oldest building on the Hoboken waterfront.  During WWII Bethlehem Steel employees worked on around 4000 ships. It is now used as the Hoboken Historical Museum and was the last stop on our walking tour!  The images below are from inside the museum.

That is it for the walking tour!  Check back tomorrow for the Fab Friday Faves and enjoy the  gorgeous photo of the Empire State Building, below.  Love this view!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Part 1 of a Hoboken Walking Tour

A few weeks ago, I was googling things to do in Hoboken, when I stumbled across the Hoboken Historical Museum's waking tour.  I thought it would be a fantastic way for Nicole and I to spend an afternoon, and I knew she would be game.  When we started out, neither of us knew what we would be getting into.  The day we picked was super hot, and the tour is longer than it looks on the map!  It turned out that we had to split it into two days, which made for two awesome days of wandering through one of my favorite places, and a couple awesome iced coffees and slices of pizza.  So, here is the first half of the stops on our tour!

1. Since we were coming from Jersey City, we actually started the tour from the opposite side that you are supposed to.  On the map above, we started on the left hand side at the Erie-Lakawanna Terminal, (I had no idea this was the actual name, we just call it the Hoboken Train Station) built in 1907.   The photo below is the waiting room of the main terminal.  It is modeled after Grand Central Station and is beautiful.  The station is home to six ferry slips and fourteen rail lines that will take you anywhere from NYC, to  anywhere in Jersey, to most of the Northeastern US.  The terminal also has some restaurants, a bar and street vendors.

2.  Up next was the Hoboken Land and Improvement Company building, built in 1889.  It originally housed the real estate company that oversaw all of the development of the city of Hoboken.  Apparently, the inside is the oat impressive part, with a huge staircase, and a terra cotta clock surrounded by sea motifs and the company's monogram.  I'm pretty sure now that it is a daycare.

3.   The World War One Boulder was dedicated in 1925 by the Knights of Columbus  to honor the two million troops that passed through hoboken on their way to fight in WW1.  The slogan posted here "Heaven, Hell or Hoboken by Christmas" reflects the soldier's wish for a speedy return.

4.  The Frank Sinatra Post office was built in 1931 and has been an active post office since then.  the exterior of the building has not changed at all since it was built either.  It was renamed the Frank Sinatra Post Office in 2003, after Hoboken's most famous resident.  He was born only a few blocks away on Monroe St. just a few blocks away.  

5. Hoboken City Hall was built in 1883 and was originally a public marketplace.  In 1911 it was modified to make it larger and was turned into city hall.  Fun fact: the two  gold eagles on the top are named Hobo and Ken.

6.  The Assembly of Exempt Firemen, was built in 1864 and is currently a museum housing Hoboken Firefighting memorabilia.  Inside the gas line is designed to look like a firehose and there is a Rondel with plaster  firefighters.

These are just a couple really beautiful Brownstones in hoboken.

7. The United Synagogue of Hoboken, dedicated in 1915 is modeled after the Great Synagogue of Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany.

8. The Jefferson Trust Company Building was built in 1912 to house the already established bank of the same name.  It was created by a group of immigrant business men and named to demonstrate their Democratic and community service ideals.  The bank failed during the Great Depression and restored by the present owners in recent years.

9. The Keuffel and Esser Complex is named after that two men, that in 1867, started importing precision instruments for engineering, architecture and drafting professions.  Their instruments were used in the planning of the Brooklyn Bridge and in 1891 they produced the first slide rule in the USA.  The supplied periscopes for WW1 and Army Range finders in WW2.  This actual building was erected in 1906 and spiders were raised in the basement to make crosshairs for gun sites.   The building is now used for housing.   

10. Our lady of Grace Church, built in 1878 is one of the largest Roman Catholic churches in New Jersey.  Gifts and paintings were sent over from Emperor Napoleon III and other Italian and French royalty when the church was dedicated.  The original pipe organ from 1899 is still used every week.

11. Church Square Park is a popular park in the heart of Hoboken and sits on land given by Colonel John Stevens in 1804.  The park was founded in 1873.  There are several monuments in the park, and the one I have posted is the Four Chaplains Monument that honors clergy who died while attending the crew of the torpedoed USS Dorchester in WW2.  The pedestal commemorates Marconi, the inventor of the wireless.  There was also a very friendly squirrel who wanted to visit.

12. Unfortunately, The Free Public Library is under extensive renovations, as you can see, but it is a gorgeous building.  It was dedicated in 1897, becoming the third library in New Jersey.

13. The Church of the Holy Innocents was dedicated to Julia Stevens, a girl who died in Rome of Typhoid Fever at the age of 7.  It was built in 1874 to serve Irish and German  immigrants.  the church is no longer in use, but is kept up because it is so unique and beautiful.

14.  Willow Terrace is a private street with rows of compact houses that were commissioned by the Stevens family (see part 2 of the Walking Tour blog, for more on the Stevens family) for workers at Stevens Castle and the Hoboken Land and Improvement Company.  They are modeled after workers houses in Scotland and are now private residences.

15. the Steven Collins Foster Home is where composer Steven Collins lived in in 1854 when one of his most famous works, "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" was published. Stevens also penned the famous "Camptown Races."

After our morning of touring, Nicole and I stopped at Napolis Pizza for a delicious lunch.  This pizzeria was started by the same family who started the world famous Lombardi's on Bleeker St in NYC,  (It's also half the price).

Check in next week for part two of our walking tour.  We are headed to Maine for a wedding this weekend, but I am hoping to do a blog there or as soon as I get a chance.  Have a great week, darlings!