Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SATURDAY: Sketch the Gritty and the Glitzy

Sketching Gritty History, 
Glitzy Buildings 
and Sculpture, ... 
at Riverside South Park

June 27, 2015

Sketch Trip: planned, written and designed for you by Laura Rosen and Nora Katz

Riverside South Park, the waterfront park on the Hudson between 59th Street and 72nd Street, first opened in 2000. Previously it was the site of a gritty New York Central freight rail yard in the shadow of the elevated West Side Highway. The last remaining piece of the old elevated highway and an old gantry that allowed rail cars  to roll from barges to rail yard tracks are all that remain of the site’s past. Today,  Trump Place’s luxury apartments on Riverside Boulevard overlook not only those  relics but also the park’s fresh green lawns and landscaping. 

Earlier this month, seven sculptures were unveiled in various locations within the  park. These were installed as part of a program called Model to Monument  produced by a partnership of The Art Student’s League and the NYC Dept of Parks 
and Recreation. 

Directions and itinerary: 

Who is a Weather Punk? - I'll admit the weather for the weekend doesn't look promising -  at the moment.  True Sketching Maniacs are never deterred by the possibility of rain.  We make do and turn it all into art.

When:  We’ll meet at 10 AM by the Pier i café’s outdoor tables with umbrellas. 

Where:  Riverside South Park: The entrance to the park is at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. The nearest subway - the 72nd Street stop of the 1,2,3 trains is  a two block walk to the park.  
Cross Riverside 
Drive from the NORTH side of 72nd Street. Once across, you will find a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. Behind the statue continue walking past a dog run on the left and then through a short tunnel. 

Directly ahead you’ll see the Hudson River. Take either 
the stairs or the dirt path down to the promenade below. Turn left and continue walking until you reach Pier i Café, about two blocks south. We’ll meet at 10 by the café’s outdoor tables with umbrellas. 

Lunch:   12:15 - After a morning of sketching, we’ll again meet at Pier i Café for lunch at 12:15. 

Afternoon:  1:15 - After lunch we’ll sketch until 3:00 

Show and Tell:  3:00  - Gather at Pier i to head for Josie’s Restaurant to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined. Josie's is located at 300 Amsterdam Avenue, just 2 blocks north of the 72nd Street subway station (1,2,3 trains). Josie’s has food, dessert, coffee and beers.

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Can't find us?
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

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