Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Week 2

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Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Intro to Walking Tours

WEEK 2: Meeting Our Partners from Paths to Pier 42 

Every week, we meet at Primitive Church on East Broadway, and this time the organizers from Paths to Pier 42 joined our meeting. Each person introduced themselves with a story from middle school. Despite our age differences, we all had a good laugh as we shared our funny anecdotes about forced piano lessons, ice fishing, and cracking a knee open on a glass table. Afterwards, we had a great discussion about the Paths to Pier 42 project, the Pier itself, and how it is being transformed. We also learned about history specific to Pier 42 that we hope to incorporate in our tours. One that stood out was that the Pier’s former nickname was “the Banana Pier” because it was the delivery stop for banana imports.

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About the Pier Ambassadors, a project by 2015 Resident Artist Stephanie Diamond
Pier Ambassadors is an art and education project created by artist Stephanie Diamond, who partnered with Vision Urbana, sound artist Jim Mattingly and youth leaders from the Lower East Side to develop audio and walking tours of the neighborhood leading to Pier 42. Over the course of ten weeks, participants in the project engaged in workshops that built their skills in storytelling, public speaking and audio recording. Examples of workshops include: sound editing, improv acting, history walking tours with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and more. Through these creative encounters, Pier Ambassadors became empowered in telling their personal stories, representing the community they live in while gaining the tools to bring awareness of the Pier to people in and outside the neighborhood. Tour participants will be exposed to exciting and unique narratives compiled by Pier Ambassadors about their personal, cultural, historical, and environmental surroundings.

Pier Ambassadors: Zion Quintero, Zachary Quintero, Ethan Justiniano, Dylan Rivera, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez

Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative