Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketchers Thursday Models to Monuments at Riverside Park South

Thanks to Andrea Couture for finding the Models to Monument Project from the Art Students League, currently installed in Riverside Park South.  This is the 6th annual event featuring large scale sculptures installed in a city park.  Join us for a day of sketching some very exciting large scale work in a beautiful setting along the riverfront.

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DATE: Thursday November 3, 2016

TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: Riverside Park South
                       Linda's Lawn: 66th Street and the river.

NOTE:  The sculptures are on display from 59th to 76th streets.  We will meet at Linda's Lawn and move on from there as we see fit.  It appears that there is an entrance to the park which is on the WEST side of the elevated highway at 68th Street.  It is hard to tell from the map.  Make your way to Riverside Blvd which runs in front of the series of Trump apartments and look for an entrance to the park. 

  Here is a map of the various sculptures and locations:

TRANSPORTATION:  1, 2 train to 66th Street (Lincoln Center).  Exit subway and walk towards the Hudson River.  Look for entrances to the park area on the west side of the highway.  

Please RSVP to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? call Raylie at 201-978-6387
Bring a stool and lunch.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketching Canceled

The weather forecast is very grim for Thursday.  So sorry to do this but the Weekday Sketching in Green-Wood Cemetery is canceled.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Weekday Urban Sketchers in BROOKLYN at GREEN-WOOD

Sorry for the confusion.  We will be at GREEN-WOOD Cemetery this Thursday in BROOKLYN at 5th Avenue and 25th Street.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Weekday Sketchers Raid the Graveyard for Halloween

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Woodlawn Cemetery is a treasure trove of funerary art, magnificent trees and incredible history.  This week we will go back to the graveyard for Halloween and find the weirdest, wonkiest, scariest examples of graveyard statuary.  With the magnificent trees in full fall foliage we should have great backdrops for our works. 

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TIME: 10:30 AM

                       25TH STREET AND 5TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN

                     Meeting Place:  We will meet just inside the main gate and then head out from there.
                      Lunch Spot: In front of the Chapel near the main entrance

TRANSPORTATION: N, R, OR D train to 25th Street. Walk up the hill one block to the entrance.

PLEASE RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  It would be a good idea to bring your lunch with you as it is a long walk out of the cemetery to a deli or restaurant. FYI  there is a deli right by the subway exit. Bring a stool.  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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                                 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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

FRIDAY: Sunset Paint-out

At Fort Tryon Park

FRIDAY: Sunset Paint-out October 7th.

Come to Fort Tryon. We’ll be at the Billings Terrace which has a great vista of the palisades and the GWB. Bring seating. Take the A train to 190th St Station (or the M4 bus).

The entrance is just NW of Margaret Corbin Circle.

Having trouble finding us? 
Call your host - Elissa Gore - cell 646-404-1756

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SATURDAY: Sketch the Old Stone House

The Historic Old Stone House 
is hosting the 
Brooklyn Fiber Festival 
this Saturday 

two sketchable events in one.

What’s a Fiber Festival?
Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers in the fifth annual fiber fair.  Knitters, weavers and crocheters as passionate about their art as we are about sketching will be there in force.

What is the Old Stone House?
Originally known as the Vechte-Cortelyou House ( c. 1699) it was rebuilt on site nearly 85 years ago.  New York neighborhoods change and grow. Go back far enough and the first settlers to Breuckelen were the Lenni Lenape and the Dutch.  Located in Washington Park, on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus in Brooklyn, it marks the place where the original Dutch farmstead stood and was also a key location in the culminating engagement of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn took place.

The Vechte family farmed the lands around the house, harvested oysters in Gowanus Creek and ferried their produce down the creek to Gowanus Bay and then to lower Manhattan.

The Old Stone House in the Revolutionary War (some interesting history)
On August 27, 1776, the Old Stone House was an important location in the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War - the largest battle of the entire war.

At 9:00 am, George Washington arrived from Manhattan fearing a breakthrough of American lines. Washington ordered more troops to Brooklyn from Manhattan. On the American right, Colonial General Stirling held the American line against the  British. At 11 AM, 2,000 British marines, hit the colonial center while Hessians attacked on the left. Stirling pulled back but British troops came at him from his rear down Gowanus Road. The only escape route was across a Brouwer Millpond on the Gowanus Creek which was 80 yards wide. The Colonial soldiers then faced the British, who were in fixed positions in and in front of the Old Stone House. Two Hundred and fifty six colonial soldiers were killed in the assaults in front of the Old Stone House.  Fewer than a dozen made it back to the American lines.

Washington, watching from a lookout on nearby Cobble Hill, at the intersection of what today would be Court Street and Atlantic Avenue, was reported to have said, "Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose!".  The 256 dead colonial soldiers were buried by the British in a mass grave on a hillock believed to be around the southwest corner of what is today 3rd Ave. between 7th and 8th Streets.

For the rest of the day the Old Stone House was used as an artillery position by the British to fire on the Americans, who had already suffered disastrous losses and were fleeing across the Gowanus Creek to the west.

Baseball and the Old Stone House
At one time, the Old Stone House was the clubhouse of the Brooklyn Superbas, who later became the Brooklyn Dodgers before their move to Ebbets Field. The Old Stone House sits on the site of the original Washington Park. Across Fourth Avenue the second Washington Park, is the site of two of the oldest professional baseball stadiums in New York. The left-center field wall from the second Washington Park is still visible on Third Avenue between First and Third Streets.

Where:  The Old Stone House, 336 Third Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), in Brooklyn.

When:  Saturday, October 8th, Starting at 10 AM, and all day

How:  Take the F or the R to Fourth Avenue, or the R to Union Street.

Lunch:  Noon.  Eaten together outside. Purchased from Vendors, nearby stores or found in brown paper bags if you BYOL

For Comfort:  Bring a stool or chair if you have one, it created better sketching opportunities

Show and Tell:  3:00 across the street - The Gate, at 321 5th Ave to share drawings, good stories and a beer or wine if you're so inclined.

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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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weekday Urban Sketcher at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

In this crazy political season when one candidate wants to "Make America Great...Again"...let's celebrate those people who made America great in the first place.  On the campus of Bronx Community College is the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the original Hall of Fame. Built in 1900 on what was then NYU's uptown campus, it was founded to honor prominent Americans who have had significant impact on this country's development.

With 98 busts of honorees from all walks of life, classic academic architecture and commanding views of the Harlem River and Manhattan, we should have plenty to keep us busy.
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TIME: 10:30 AM


TRANSPORTATION:   4 train to Burnside Ave.  Turn left (west) on Burnside Ave.  Walk 4 blocks to University Ave and turn right.  Walk to Hall of Fame Terrace and turn left. Continue on to the Hall of Fame.  NOTE:  this is how it appears on Google Maps.  Please be aware that you might have to enter the campus at a different point.  Just ask how to get to the Gould Library and Hall of Fame.  You will need a photo ID to enter the campus. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  Bring lunch or purchase it on the campus.  Bring a stool as it doesn't appear that there is seating in the colonnade.