Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Long Island City Courthouse


The Long Island City Courthouse is a beautiful Beaux Arts style building constructed in 1874 and renovated after a fire in 1904. Constructed of stone, ceramic tile, limestone and metal, it was once considered the most important building in Queens and designated a NYC landmark in 1974. It stands facing bustling Court Square and a grove of birch trees in front of the Citicorp building. 

In the morning we will sketch the courthouse and have lunch by the fountain in the front of the building. In the afternoon we will move across the street to sketch in the birch grove.
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DATETHURSDAY, October 19, 2017

TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION:  Long Island City Courthouse, 25-10 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101. We will meet by the fountain in front of the courthouse.

TRANSPORTATION: 7, G, E or M trains to Court Square, Queens. If taking the 7 train from Manhattan, exit the platform at Court Square near the back of the train and continue down the escalator to the left, as if going to the G, E or M trains. Walk along two long corridors, one with a moving sidewalk, until you get to the exit for Court Square and 44th Drive. Take the escalator to the left. You will emerge from the station into the birch grove. Across Jackson Avenue is the Long Island City Courthouse.

Bring a stool if you like, although there is a lot of seating in front of the courthouse and in the birch grove. Also you can bring lunch or buy from outdoor vendors on 45th Avenue across from the courthouse.

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at alanwernicke@yahoo.com.  If you are coming late, or cannot find us, call or text Alan at 917-685-5748.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery




     Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Green Wood is filled with century-and-a-half-old trees providing a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its more that a half million permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

 
 A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers (home to Brooklyn’s Green Parrot population, … really!).  Green-Wood is also a Revolutionary War historic site - the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what are now its grounds. 

 Founded in 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty.  By 1860, Green-Wood was rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.



DETAILS
Sketch by Janice Pullicino

When:  Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Meet at the front gate at 10 AM

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn We will meet just outside the main gate where we’ll start sketching.  (see map below)
                   
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - With cooperative weather we’ll eat outdoors, meeting near the front gate. Bring your own or walk across the street to Baked In Brooklyn Bakery Store. In addition to baked goods they make sandwiches.

Photo:  Joan Tavolott 
Afternoon:  1 PM - Back sketching.

Show and Tell:  Meet at 2:30 PM for a walk to Greenwood Park, 555 7th Ave, (bet 20th and 19th Sts.)  This is a 15 minute walk to a beer garden where we will share drawings, good stories and a beer, snack or wine if you're so inclined.



TRANSPORTATION:

By Subway:  Easily accessible by subway, the R train to Brooklyn’s, 25 St Station, walk up 1 block.  (see map)

By Car:  25 St & 5th Ave, Brooklyn - Free parking is available anywhere inside the High Gothic Victorian Main Gate  (which was created by the same people who created Trinity Church on Wall St)

NOTES:

-  Bring a portable stool if you have one. It adds to your comfort and increases your sketching possibilities.

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

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome



Sunday, October 8, 2017


Weekday Urban Sketchers at Columbus Circle


On the traditional Columbus Day, October 12th, join us for an exploration of the part of the city named for this explorer: Columbus Circle. Included in the original plans for Central Park, dates back to a time when this area was nothing but farms, it is now considered the geographic center of NYC.   The area will offer us lots of opportunities to sketch some of NYC's icons: the stature of Columbus, the southwest entrance to Central Park,  #2 Columbus Circle, the "either-love-it-or-hate-it" building that now houses the Museum of Art and Design and the nexus of roadways that meet at the circle. 





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Columbus Circle



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Monument to USS Maine at entrance to Central Park


Bring your stool so you can move to a spot to capture just what you want in the scene. Bring lunch or purchase it in any of the outlets in the area.


DATE: THURSDAY October 12, 2017

START TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  COLUMBUS CIRCE 

Note: We will meet on the north east side of the circle in front of the entrance to Central Park by the Monument to the USS Maine, whose sinking in Havana's harbor in 1898 started the Spanish American War. 

TRANSPORTATION: A, B,C, D train to  59th ST/ Columbus Circle Station

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Queens Botanical Gardens



Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY 11354


Hosted by Denise Markbreit

Sunday October 8 10 AM start time....but join us when you can!



The Queens Botanical Garden is an oasis in a dense and bustling urban setting. It's a place where people, plants and culture coexist and are celebrated.



Owned by the City of New York and located in the Northeast corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, QBG began as a five acre exhibit for the 1939 Worlds Fair and has grown to its current thirty nine acres by 1961. The Wedding Garden is almost in constant use for photo shoots and ceremonies and the large water features are innovative and sustainable.



Come and explore bee hives, woodlands, vegetable gardens, 
watch tai chi practitioners 
and glimpse the urban sprawl of Flushing 
just beyond the gates.


DETAILS:

The garden offers free admission on Sundays from 9-11 am.
$6 thereafter/$4 seniors/students

Ample parking at 42-80 Crommelin Ave @$6 per car.

Arrive:  10 AM.  Coming later?  Bring the phone number (see below)

Lunch at 12:00:  Bring lunch.

Afternoon:  Sketching the Garden

Show and Tell:  Details to be determined on site.  Opportunity to share drawings, talk and socialize.

NOTES:
-   Plenty of benches but a stool could be helpful.
-   Public bathrooms are clean and there is ample shade.


TRAVEL

7 train to Flushing Main Street, Q 44SBS or Q20A or walk 8 blocks south on Main Street

LIRR Port Washington Branch to Main Street ( see above)
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If you can’t find us
call or text Denise at 516-263-4818  

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




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Hamilton Grange and City College 


Alexander Hamilton built a summer home in upper Manhattan that is still there today. Named The Grange after his grandfathers estate in Scotland, he lived there for only 2 years before being killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.  This piece of American history is now located in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. Owned by the National Parks Service it is open to the public for tours.We will be sketching the building from the park. Participants are welcome to go to the museum or take a tour on their own.  




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Hamilton Grange

Sitting on a bluff above The Grange are the gothic buildings of City College's uptown campus. Our afternoon will be spent trying to capture the ornamentation of these buildings. 

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City College




DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

START TIME: 10:30 AM 

LOCATION: HAMILTON GRANGE 
                       414 West 141 St Street


TRANSPORTATION:  Two Options: 

1.  Take the #1 train to the West 137th Street stop on Broadway. Go North to 141st Street and make a right. Walk East towards Hamilton Terrace. The Grange is located at the intersection of West 141st Street and Hamilton Terrace.  

2. Take the A, B, C, or D train to the West 145th Street stop on St. Nicholas Avenue. Go south to 141st Street.Make a right onto 141st Street. Go west one block to Hamilton Terrace.

If you are driving, please visit the web site https://www.nps.gov/hagr/planyourvisit/directions.htm for information on where to park.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387





Friday, September 29, 2017


CORRECTION

We will be meeting on WEDNESDAY October 4th. See below.  


Weekday Urban Sketchers Schedule for October and November


In an effort to help you plan your attendance at the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is a listing of the dates and locations for October and November. Hopefully the Weather Goddess will be good to us as we get farther into fall. 


WEDNESDAY October 4th            The Hamilton Grange and City College Uptown Campus

Thursday October 12th          Columbus Circle 

Thursday October 19th ,         Queens for a Day

Thursday October 26th           Haunted Houses of Lower Manhattan

Wednesday November 1         Newtown Creek

Thursday November 9             Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Thursday November 16           Cast Hall

Week of November 20th         No Meeting for Thanksgiving week

Wednesday November 29th    The Cloisters

Weekday Urban Sketchers Schedule for October and November


In an effort to help you plan your attendance at the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is a listing of the dates and locations for October and November. Hopefully the Weather Goddess will be good to us as we get farther into fall. 


Thursday October 4th            The Hamilton Grange and City College Uptown Campus

Thursday October 12th          Columbus Circle 

Thursday October 19th ,         Queens for a Day

Thursday October 26th           Haunted Houses of Lower Manhattan

Wednesday November 1         Newtown Creek

Thursday November 9             Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Thursday November 16           Cast Hall

Week of November 20th         No Meeting for Thanksgiving week

Wednesday November 29th    The Cloisters