Finding Hartford, Connecticut for Someone Special

We’re getting ready to move back to California in August after 3 years away. Two of those years were in NYC  and the last 9 months have been here in Hartford, Connecticut.

During the past 9 months that I’ve been in Hartford a lot has happened. My wife and I had a baby.  I made art (as usual). My wife taught at one of the local colleges and I also took Russian class.

During our time here I made the effort to find out  a little about the city of Hartford. I tried when I could in between the time I had available to see the sights, taste the local food, and hear the sounds and feel the environment etc. I took lots of photographs and documented as best as I could for the time we were here but also because it would be great to share with my son the place that he was born.

So if there was any art project during our year that I made here it was for me to find the city of Hartford with my little camera preferably with a bicycle but sometimes with a car. Forever we are connected here because of our son being born here. This is a dedication to the city of his birth.

They call liquor stores package stores or "packys" here in Connecticut.

They call liquor stores package stores or “packys” here in Connecticut.

The 50th Puerto Rican Day Parade happened in Hartford this year. I caught some wonderful photographs this day.

The 50th Puerto Rican Day Parade happened in Hartford this year. I caught some wonderful photographs this day.

 

A beautiful lonely building in the North End of Hartford. A truly beautiful and vibrant neighborhood that is predominately African American. Lots of history in this neighborhood.

A beautiful lonely building in the North End of Hartford. A truly beautiful and vibrant neighborhood that is predominately African American. Lots of history in this neighborhood.

 

The beautiful architecture in this city is just inspiring

The beautiful architecture in this city is just inspiring

This is a logo exercise I made as a reflection and celebration of my time here.

This is a logo exercise I made as a reflection and celebration of my time here.

New England’s “El Barrio del Nueva Inglaterra”- Exploring The Frog Hollow Neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut.

The view from Park and Broad Street

The view from Park and Broad Street

Recently I took a walk through the “rough and tumble” neighborhood of Frog Hollow in Hartford, Connecticut which is a Latin American neighborhood that encompasses the area around Trinity College.  The neighborhood is  between Trinity College to downtown Hartford on Broad Street but is seemingly worlds apart from New England’s “Little Ivy League College” which is situated on a hill at the highest point in the city.

Trinity College

Trinity College

Broad and Park Street

Broad and Park Street

The heart of the neighborhood is Broad Street and Park Street where the highest concentration of restaurants and cafes are located. Here you can find Puerto Rican, Brazilian, and Mexican food all within a few blocks.

19th Century Farm House

19th Century Farm House

Abandoned Building

Abandoned Building

Apartment

Apartment

Architecture

Mexican restaurant and appliance repair.

Mexican restaurant and appliance repair.

The Billings Forge Cultural Center is also located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood and is worth a visit for grabbing a bite to eat, bumping off some wifi, or getting an espresso drink at their cafe called The Kitchen.  I met the wonderful folks that live and work here and was given a tour of the building that has mixed income housing in a refurbished industrial building. There is a gallery and vegetable gardens on the premises. They’ve just opened a wonderful seasonal menu restaurant called Fire Box which serves lunch and dinner.

Billings Forge

The interior of The Kitchen which boasts an open kitchen.

The interior of The Kitchen which boasts an open kitchen.

The Kitchen

I suggest taking a walk or riding a bicycle from Trinity College to Downtown Hartford along Broad Street to get a sense of the neighborhood. Keep your wits about you!