Sketching the Lower East Side
|Soaked in History|
( planned with help from Jeff Levine)
Soaked in history, the Lower East Side has been home to many waves of immigrants seeking a fresh start in the New World. The streets have always teemed with life. Traditionally an immigrant, working-class neighborhood, it began rapid gentrification in the mid-2000s, prompting The National Trust for Historic Preservation to place the neighborhood on their list of America's Most Endangered Places. It has become a home to upscale boutiques and trendy dining establishments. Lots to sketch, lots to see and lots to do.
Pushcarts and vendors crowded the city streets, making it difficult for police and fire vehicles to easily pass. To ease congestion, Mayor LaGuardia created the Essex Street Market to find a new place for street merchants to do business. The Market now offers a range of culinary products that include gourmet cheeses, premium cuts of meat, fresh fish and a host of other products for every palette.
The Essex Street Market, will be our base of operations.
|The Essex Street Market|
Where: The Lower East Side:
- We’ll meet at McDonald's - 114 Delancey Street (quick sketching opportunity)
- From there we will go to the Essex Street Market (120 Essex St a half block away) by 10:30 (standing only sketching)
- We will venture out into the streets to sketch the scene and back to the market for warmth
How: F, J, M or Z Train to Delancy Street
Lunch: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Although there are a number of interesting food places in the market including Peasant Stock, the Brooklyn Taco Company and Boubouki, seating will be a problem. We'll walk two blocks to The Meatball Shop at 84 Stanton St (Despite the name there are a number of vegetarian options)
Afternoon: 1:15 - 2:45 Sketching the streets or back to Essex Market (depending on weather)
Show and Tell: 2:45 - 3:45 at Hill and Dale, 115 Allen St. Possible time for a snack before we go to Dr. Sketchy
Post Sketch Sketching: Part 2. Dr. Sketchy - at the Botanic Lab, 86 Orchard Street. The Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement, featuring Russian Fairy Tales - models, costumes, lots of strange fun. Come early - best seats go quickly. I believe it’s $15 at the door or $12 if you reserve a spot (click above to see details)
|Dr. Sketchy Poster|
|Essex Market (click to enlarge)|
|Lunch Map (click to enlarge)|
Can't find us?
Call Mark - 973-809-9128
There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome