Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Grand Army Plaza Tuesday

What makes Grand Army Plaza grand?  

With the Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Bailey Fountain, a memorial to JFK and tributes to heros long forgotten, it is a grand capture in our sketchbooks.   Let's take in the plaza with he views of the entrance to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Library while there is still time to work outdoors.   

There plaza surrounding the arch and fountain contain numerous tributes to hero's of the Civil War.  To familiarize yourself with the many statures and symbols, please visit the Wikipedia site:

The weather should be sunny but a bit cooler than we have gotten used to.  Please dress in layers to keep yourself comfortable.  Bathrooms, water, coffee and food are available at the Brooklyn Library.  Bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase something at the library cafe. 

NOTE: Sorry to disappoint those who were looking forward to going to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, however there are a number of renovations taking place and it would be best to save that location for a later date. 

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TRANSPORTATION: 2, 3 train to Grand Army Plaza

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Weeksville

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities.  

Weeksville, part of the present-day neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, was an independent free black community, named for James Weeks. Weeks purchased property in 1838, along with other African American investors, in order to create an intentional landowning community.  Continuing the legacy of self-determination, Weeksville's history was rediscovered in 1968 when urbanization threatened to erase the physical memory by destroying the few remaining historic homes. Instead, a grassroots preservation effort started to preserve the Hunterfly Road Houses and the memory of historic Weeksville.

There is no place like this in NYC.  It captures a fleeting piece of NYC's past.


What:   Sketch the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn - 158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

When:  This Saturday October 13th starting at 10 AM.  Running late?  We'll be there.

How:  Subway -
-  Take the C train (Euclid Avenue) to Ralph Avenue - walk 11 minutes or 0.5 miles.
-  The A train (Far Rockaway - Mott Avenue) to Utica Avenue  Walk 14 minutes or 0.7 miles
(see map)

Lunch12:00 Noon - Bring your own or rely on a handful of bodegas in the area.  We'll dine outdoors

Afternoon1:15 PM  Continue sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM  Will be held out doors at the Weeksville site where we will share drawings, good stories.

_     Dress warmly - in layers the high is supposed to be 57 degrees
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.   

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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 7, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at the Bronx Zoo Wednesday

Why is going to the zoo and instant trip back to childhood?  To answer the question, join us this Wednesday as we capture the animals,  people and the beautiful beau arts architecture as we explore the best zoo in NYC!  

We will meet at the Zoo Center by the rhino cage. Click here for zoo map:    From here, there are good views of the zoo building and plaza as well as some big and small animal exhibits.  Bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase it at the Dancing Crane Cafe.  The weather should be warm, so a cap and sun block are also good things to throw in your bag.

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                                    Zoo entrance is free on Wednesdays. 

TRANSPORTATON: 2,5 train to West Farms Rd/E. Tremont Ave.

NOTE:  It is much easier to take the train to this stop that following the directions on the web site.  Come down from the platform to street level. Walk north two blocks to the Asia Gate zoo entrance.  Follow the walkway to the Zoo Center.  

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Beautiful Greenwich

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

Beautiful Greenwich CT, outside the boundaries of New York City Urban Sketching. This Saturday we'll be taking a walk on the wild side by visiting Mel Barranco in his home town.  This is going to be a good day of sketching, and something different.  Greenwich offers two distinctly different attractions, a wonderful, highly sketchable marina with boats and big sky views, and the scenic charm of a prosperous suburban community's mail street.


Mel will meet us at the Greenwich Station at 10:32am.  We will proceed to walk towards the marina, 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.

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.

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.

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

Lunch:  12:00 - Bring your own or purchase food in town.  If the weather is good we'll eat outside.

Afternoon:  1:15  We'll sketch downtown Greenwich.

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.

_     Wear layers it's often cool by the water.
-     Bring sunscreen and a hat
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
-     If you're meeting us at Grand Central Station assume you'll have some challenges getting there. Subway repair work has made subway travel challenging lately. 

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, September 30, 2018

Weekday Sketchers in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

George Washington, Walt Whitman, Calvert Vaux. Fredrick Law Ulmstead. McKim, Mead and White are but a few of the notables associated with Fort Greene Park. In addition to the usual park facilities, this  30 acre park also houses a monument to the more than 12,000 people who died on prison ships in nearby Wallabout Bay (now Brooklyn Navy Yard) while being held prisoners by the British during the Revolution War's  Battle of Brooklyn.

Work on a view of the monument that now honors their memory. Or capture the Greek temple-like building that houses a museum of the history of the park. Or render the beautiful row houses that surround the park. No matter your choice it will be a good day's work.

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                                We will meet by the monument to the Revolutionary War Heros

                Located between Dekalb and Myrtle Avenues and bordered by Washington Park and Ashland place. 

TRANSPORTATION: B, N, Q, R to Dekalb Ave Staton. Then follow the map below.

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

Bring lunch and a stool in addition to your colors and sketchbooks. If you would like more information about the park, its history or recent renovations, please visit the Fort Greene Park Conservancy web site:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Saturday: Westchester Sketchers at Pierson Park, Tarrytown, NY

It's hard to believe that this beautiful shoreline park was once the site of an asphalt plant. Just steps from the Tarrytown train station, the recently renovated Pierson Park has expansive views of the Palisades, the new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, and the New York City skyline. One the greatest features of Pierson Park is the Westchester Riverwalk, a paved foot path stretches for about a mile along the waterfront. The weather forecast for Saturday looks good, so grab your sketchbook and join us for what promises to be a great day for sketching and picnicking in the park.

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WHEN:  Start time 10:30 AM on Saturday September 29th.

WHERE:  Pierson Park, 238 W. Main Street, Tarrytown, NY.
Meet us at the Recreational Center, located near the parking area.                        

Metro-North (Hudson Lineto the Tarrytown station.  Depart the train station and cross over the tracks to the river side, walk north along Green Street. Turn left at W. Main Street and walk towards the river. Pierson Park will be on your left.

LUNCH:  12:30 - 1:30 PM  It's best to bring your own lunch.

AFTERNOON: Back to sketching.

SHOW and TELL:   3:00 PM - we will share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

_     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 
_     In case of rain, an alternate indoor location TBD will be announced.

If you can’t find us

 call Cathy at 914-625-0766
or Marianne at 914-355-6507

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Gowanus

NYC Urban Sketchers returns to Gowanus for sketching by canoe and on land hosted by Jessica Dalrymple, long time Urban Sketcher, Painter and Environmental Activist. 

One of NYC USk's most popular sketch events  takes place in the gritty industrial section of Brooklyn around the Gowanus Canal.  Like almost all spots in our town that have a water view, Gowanus has caught the attention of developers and is being transformed from a shameful toxic waste dump into a new and glamorous residential area.  The process is amazing to see.

Let's draw the essence and spirit of this waterfront in transition.  For 20 years, the Gowanus Dredgers have argued for the cleanup of the Canal and now that the EPA Superfund remediation is underway.  Can artwork capture and help preserve the quirky zeitgeist of this neighborhood?  We hope that by showcasing the intrinsic beauty of our neighborhood through art, architects and planners will be inspired to incorporate environmentally conscious designs as they plan our neighborhood's future.

We're going to explore the area in a variety of ways including canoe rides through the canal for the first 20-30 adventurous sketchers.  (First come, first served) Getting out on the water offers a completely different perspective.  The Gowanus Canal; once known for it’s pollution has become a magnet for artists trying to capture the wildlife, majestic bridges and historic structures of this neighborhood.


What:  Sketch the Gowanus Canal and neighborhood

Where:  We'll meet at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse at 125-153 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11231  (see map)  (Actually we'll be around the corner sketching at a small park that overlooks the canal or helping get the canoes setup.)

When:   We'll meet at the boathouse at 10 AM.  We have a two hour canoeing window from 11 AM to 1 PM.  All other time will be spent on land sketching the industrial views.

Lunch12:30 - 1:30 Bring your own or buy salad or sandwiches at Whole Foods or other local spots within walking distance.  The plan is that we'll be eating together outdoors.

Afternoon:  Back to sketching the neighborhood.

SHOW and TELL:   3 PM - We're walking to Givers & Takers a local restuarant/bar at 286 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, Phone: (347) 987-4306, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

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-    Wear light clothing, bring sunscreen
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
-     To go for a canoe ride you need to be strong enough to climb a ladder.
-     If you're coming by subway check connections, repair work has made subway travel challenging lately. 
-     Whle you're in the neighborhood you might want to check out Artist & Craftsman Supply (307 Second St.) to see what might be the largest art supply store in NYC, ... a real treat for people like us.

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

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