Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Double Decker Bus Tour 

FINAL WEEK! Listening Party and Opening of the Pier

We gathered at Vision Urbana with our friends and family to officially listen to the finished walking tour and have a slide show of all the images we took during the workshops. Lunch was brought in and one of the moms made a huge rice, beans and chicken feast. We sat and ate and listened to the tour while we watched the slides and listened to music on Chico’s boombox. It was the first time everyone heard the tour so there were a lot of laughs. It was really great to celebrate with family and to see the teens honored. After the celebration we walked out to meet the public in front of Primitive Church and we went on the first audio walking tour of Paths to Pier 42. On the way we paused and talked about different places and attractions on the tour and people who joined us shared their experiences of places on the tour. For example there is a space station in one of the schools en route on the tour, which we didn’t know about. The tour culminated at the Paths to Pier 42 summer celebration opening in front of the popsicle stand. We all got popsicles and proceeded to enjoy ourselves on the Pier on a hot day.

The tour now exists online. It’s been an incredible experience creating this. Together with the Pier Ambassadors, we will be attracting more visitors to the Pier through the fall and invite you to listen!

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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