Monday, October 24, 2016

SATURDAY: Halloween Sketch

Special thanks to Urban Sketcher - Adrienne Ottenberg who suggested this Halloween outing 
and to Edgar Allan Poe for the creepy quotes.

I became insane,
with long intervals 

of horrible sanity.

Those who dream by day are
cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night.

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.  We will visit his cottage to celebrate a sketching Halloween.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

The Poe Cottage Built was built in 1812.  and now it’s the only house left from the old village of Fordham. Opened in 1902, the park was named after famous American poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), who rented the white farmhouse for $100 a year from 1846 to 1849. It was here Poe wrote “The Bells,” “Eureka,” and “Annabel Lee.” His wife Virginia later died from consumption in the cottage.

For details about the cottage and the park check out this video

When:  Start time is 10 AM or whenever you arrive.

Where:  The Poe Cottage at:  2640 Grand Concourse at East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY

Lunch:   12:00, We'll either dine al fresco or  we'll go to 301 Cafe, 301 E Kingsbridge Rd. They are known for their  Health Food.  The choice will be weather related.

Afternoon:  Back to the park for more sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM for the Social part of Urban Sketching.  It's a short walk to Corky’s Restaurant  (Diner) 2537 Grand Concourse where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

-   Take the D train to Kingsbridge Road in The Bronx. Poe Park is right outside the station.

-   Take the train  4 to Kingsbridge Road in The Bronx. Walk east to Grand Concourse. The cottage is located across the boulevard, on the right.

-   Use Bronx bus lines #1, #2, #9, #22, #28, #34, and MTA express bus BxM #4 from Manhattan.

(Click to Enlarge)

If you can’t find us

call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SATURDAY: Sketch the Heart of Wall Street.

Our Saturday sketch will concentrate on a two block area that is the financial center of our country.  Our day will start in front of Trinity Church, where we will sketch the street views and the adjacent cemetery.

We will then stroll down Wall Street to have our lunch al fresco on the stairs of the Federal Reserve.  The afternoon sketch will be there - sketching that famous building and the New York Stock Exchange across the street.


When and Where:  Meet at Trinity Church 75 Broadway at the corner of Wall Street at 10:00 AM

Lunch:  Noon -   Buy from street vendors, lunch shops or bring your own.

Afternoon:   1:00 Sketching the Federal Reserve and the NY Stock Exchange.  Lots of people and impressive buildings.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM for the Social part of Urban Sketching.  Meet at the steps of the Federal Reserve and we'll walk to Stone Street where we will share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketchers in Madison Square Park 

and late afternoon bonus

Madison Square Park is a true oasis at the crossroads of three major thoroughfares in mid Manhattan. At the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Streets is a garden filled with beautiful trees, sculptures and views of two of NYC's iconic buildings, the Flatiron and the Empire State buildings.  Join us for a day of sketching and then a bonus in the late afternoon. 

Image result for madison square park
Image result for madison square park

Afternoon Bonus: This Thursday marks the start of the Garment District Arts Festival featuring some of our own Urban Sketchers.  In case you don't know about it, the old factory buildings in the Garment District  are now being used as artists' studios.  This weekend is the annual open house for the area.  Join us on Thursday in the late afternoon as we walk over to the area to visit Laura and many others who will have their studios and work on display.


TIME: 11:00 AM (later start than usual to accommodate the late afternoon event)

                       We will meet at the entrance to the park on the corner of 23rd St and Broadway. 

TRANSPORTATION: N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6, F, M trains to 23rd Street Stations.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

FRIDAY: Muscota Marsh in Manhattan

Where: Muscota Marsh, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
   the entrance is at the corner of 218th St and Indian Road
When: On Friday October 14 from 3-6 PM to catch the golden light of late day

Muscota Marsh has open access to the water and river views...lots of benches. Its a new parklet at the site of the Columbia Boathouse and tennis bubble. There is a nice view of the Spuyten Duyvil, Henry Hudson Bridge and the Bronx Cliffs with the iconic Columbia "C" across the Harlem River.

How to get there: the A train to last stop at 207th St (walk west up 207th to Seaman, then north)
OR the #1 train to 215th St (walk up b'way to 218 and then west to the park)
Also, the BxM1 express bus from the upper east side (same walk as the A stop)
OR drive. There is some neighborhood parking or park on Broadway around 218th St.
OR Metro-north Marble Hill Station is at 225th St and Broadway (walk south over the b'way bridge to  218th st then west to Indian Road

Need to warm up? The Indian Road Cafe across the street has a coffee bar with seats at the back and happy hour until 7.

Host: Elissa Gore email me directly:
reach me by mobile on Friday: 646-404-1756

7f8851206!2sMuscota+Marsh!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1476304743936" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SATURDAY: Sketch Greenwich CT.

Our Host Mel Barranco 
is sharing his town
Greenwich CT on the Long Island Sound

We’ll start at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Looking at the wide angle photos - Grass Island Park is on the right and Steamboat Road is on the left. Steamboat Road, by the Harbor Yacht Club, facing the Long Island Sound.

LEAVE:   9:30 AM - From Grand Central Station The Metro North weekend train schedule to Greenwich departs at 36 minutes past each hour.  The 9:36 train gets in to Greenwich station at 10:32am.

The Return:  On the return schedule, two times are available at each hour - 13 minutes past and 43 minutes past - arriving at the Grand Central Station 61 minutes later.

Mel will meet us at the Greenwich Station at 10:32am.  We will proceed to walk towards the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. It's a short 5 min walk from the train station.  There are some benches at the park but you're welcome to bring your favorite stool for sketching. Best to bring your own food for lunch but you can purchase some by the train station.

Round trip off-peak fare is $19.50, reduced fare for Seniors/disabled/Medicare is $13.00

This is a Rain or Shine Plan:  There is a great rainy day back-up planned for the Bruce Museum that has a $7 admission fee.

Show and Tell:   3:00 PM at the Sundown Saloon (a short walk from the train station) to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

Click to Enlarge

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
or Mel at 203-550-3666

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Weekday Urban Sketchers is on 


Not Wednesday October 12th.  

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn

Olmsted and Vaux designed the complex now known as Grand Army Plaza as the official entrance to Prospect Park to connect the park with the surrounding ornamental streets such as Eastern Parkway, the nation's first parkway.   The complex includes the Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Balley Fountain and the JFK Memorial.  The plaza is surrounded by other landmark buildings including the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library with its iconic Egyptian Art Deco entrance. All told we should have plenty to keep us busy for the day's outing.

Image result for Grand army plazaImage result for Grand army plaza

Image result for main branch brooklyn public library.

                                 NOTE:  We will meet in the park area behind the arch.

DATE: Thursday October 12, 2016

TIME: 10:30 AM

TRANSPORTATOION:  2, 3 or 4 train to Grand Army Plaza.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring lunch or purchase something along Atlantic Avenue or in the library's cafe.   Bring a stool and a cap.