I’ve been stopping by Lucky once a week to check on the postcard rack and replenish when necessary. The owner of the Laundromat has been so supportive. She loves the project and is really happy the postcards are there. Gina, her daughter, has been telling me which are the most popular. Also, some Laundromat goers have been adding drawings and text to the postcards and putting them back on the rack. Lourdes, who works at Lucky during the week, asked me to post some photos of her that I took with Lisa way back in July/August when I interviewed her about JC…So here they are…!
The ProjectLucky Laundromat will consider the laundromat as a site of Jersey City history documenting the transitions it has undergone over the years; it will also act as an active space for new stories from residents about its current role within the community. Lucky Laundromat integrates the history of the Laundromat site with personal stories about current Jersey City residents. How long has the laundromat been there? What was on the site before? What was this land originally used for? What role does the laundromat play in the lives of the community who use it? Does it reflect the ethnic and economic diversity of the neighborhood today? The archive will include an entry for every permutation the site has been through including maps, maquettes and photographs/ drawings/writings of and about its history. This historical archive will create a context for neighborhood residents to think about the laundromat as a site of memory and a place for reflection. It will also act as an instrument to motivate/encourage/inspire the public to create an entry about the laundromat and their neighborhood.