The Hoboken/Jersey City Cluster of InterExchange Au Pair USA has had a very busy and fun summer filled with lots of outdoor activities.
In June we met in Hoboken at the Maxwell Place beach for an afternoon of kayaking and paddle boarding on the Hudson River. The Hoboken Cove Boathouse is a nonprofit public boathouse for the community and surrounding areas run by a dedicated group of volunteers. All activities are free and open to the public with the kayaking season beginning in late May and running through September.
Afterward we visited Carlo's Bakery of Cake Boss, a family-owned bakery since 1910 that is now famous for its specialty cakes and pastries.
In July we boarded the Staten Island Ferry, which provides 20 million people a year (60,000 passengers a day) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. The free, five-mile, 25-minute ride provides majestic views of the New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Once there we had the opportunity to visit Postcards, an outdoor sculpture in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island that is a memorial honoring the 274 Staten Island residents killed in the September 11th attacks of 2001 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It is called Postcards because its two white, marble-wing sculptures represent large postcards to loved ones. Each Staten Island victim is honored with a granite plaque and his or her profile in silhouette.
In August our cluster had our first Host Family Day and celebrated with an American style BBQ/cookout. We enjoyed the great weather, lots of delicious food and played a few fun games!