Lauren Otis' Alchemical Projects is a web site, blog, and business centered on innovative media and artistic content. Creativity in multiple disciplines, and discourse on that creativity, is paramount.
Posts tagged "New Jersey"
Roebling, New Jersey

Roebling, New Jersey

I have lived in Trenton for 24 years but never made it to the town of Roebling, the factory and company town built by the Roeblings in the early 20th Century, barely 10 miles south of Trenton. I remedied this omission recently, on a beautiful spring day. Rode my bike to the River Line light...
Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live from Lauren Otis on Vimeo. In the 1990s, I was a relatively recent transplant to Trenton. I was a young father, and during the week I had a long commute to my work in Hoboken. But on weekends, to unwind, I would take my camera and explore the neighborhoods of the...
Roebling decay

Roebling decay

On one side of South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, former John A. Roebling Sons Co. buildings have been converted into offices and a retail marketplace. Once a year, in June, the adjacent Roebling Wire Works machine shop building plays host to Art All Night, Artworks’ 24-hour free art extravaganza. Across the street, on the other...

Sippin’ Sangria – Princeton Packet

The basic combination of simple tart wine and sliced fruit is a timeless thirst-quencher   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, June 2009 Few things conjure the languid pleasures of summer better that an image of two people sitting on a sun-dappled café patio, taking in the passing scene while sharing an ice-cold pitcher...

Sweet Finish – Princeton Packet

Elegant, complex and fun to drink, dessert wines are the perfect way to end a meal.   By Lauren Otis Published in Packet Magazine, April 2009 So, you’re a big fan of dessert, and you like wine, but when the two words are put together the result is a mystery to you. What exactly is...
Slated For Business - Princeton Packet

Slated For Business – Princeton Packet

A business made from slate, copper and family Over three generations, the Bregenzer family has built a thriving specialty roofing business. Their distinctive craftsmanship can be seen at every turn on the Princeton University campus. Published in Princeton Business Journal, October 16, 2007 By Lauren Otis, Business Editor It is a hot and humid September afternoon on...

Wrapper’s Delight – Princeton Packet

Wrapper’s Delight Three partners produce creatively-designed gift paper that will rival the present inside. Published in Princeton Business Journal, November 14, 2006 By Lauren Otis The house on south Harrison Street is set back behind several large hedges, it’s shingled solidity fitting in well with its neighbors. The only clue to the creative enterprise which resides within...

The Black Bag is Back – Princeton Packet

The Black Bag is Back A local doctor leads a trend, making house calls again Published in Princeton Business Journal, May 16, 2006 By Lauren Otis MONROE — On a mild spring morning Dr. Howard Cohen gets out of his car, grabs his bag and strides up the short drive of a nondescript one-story bungalow nestled in...

The Players – New Jersey Monthly

The Players  With the governor’s office up for grabs, law firms across the state are opening their wallets in an effort to open doors to the next administration. By Lauren Otis Published in New Jersey Monthly magazine, June 2001 Winner of the Rutgers/CIT Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting of New Jersey Issues.  ...

Sylvia Beach – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: The Princetonian Who Gave Bloomsday Its Place on the Calendar By LAUREN OTIS Published: June 10, 2001 For fans of James Joyce’s ”Ulysses,” next Saturday is Bloomsday, a day of celebration. ”Ulysses” takes place on June 16, 1904, chronicling Leopold Bloom’s fictional rounds through Dublin. Princeton may seem far from Dublin, but...

Kelsey Building – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: In a College Building in Trenton, a Hidden Shrine to a Lost Love By LAUREN OTIS Published: July 09, 2000 A plaque near the entrance to the five-story Italian Renaissance-inspired Kelsey Building on West State Street in downtown Trenton notes that it was built by Henry Cooper Kelsey in memory of his...

Urban Smithy – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: No Spreading Chestnut, but the Urban Smithy Still Stands By LAUREN OTIS Published: October 24, 1999 It is dark inside the squat, flat-roofed building that houses Blacksmith of Trenton on a gritty stretch of North Olden Avenue. Except for a few small windows, the main source of light in the long, cavelike...