Thursday, September 21, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Greenpoint


GREENPOINT:  Home to a large Polish-American community, Brooklyn's evolving Greenpoint neighborhood is a residential area with hipster appeal. Traditional Polish shops and restaurants share the streets with trend-setting eateries, bars and live music venues. Galleries and artist studios are found in converted warehouses. The revitalized East River waterfront has parks and new high-rises with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan.

St. Anthony of Padua 

Starts at 11 AM
St. Anthony of Padua – St. Alphonsus Parish at 862 Manhattan Ave. It's 240 feet tall. Now that's a church spire!  It soars skyward atop High Victorian Gothic-style St. This red-brick church with stone trim, whose cornerstone was laid in 1873, is located at the foot of Milton Street in the Greenpoint Historic District. The Landmarks Preservation Commission's designation report about the neighborhood calls it the finest Brooklyn church that prominent architect Patrick Charles Keely designed.

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave.), which Gothamist once called “the tastiest (and cutest) donut shop in all the land.  A 2 1/2 block walk from St. Anthony.

Transmitter Park

12:30 Lunch at WNYC Transmitter Park at the end of Greenpoint Avenue.  Bring  your own or pickup lunch on the way.

Eberhard Faber Pencil Company factory,  Has glazed terra-cotta pencil decorations that are about 10 feet tall. They're lined up along the roofline of 61 Greenpoint Ave., the most eye-catching building among a cluster of landmarked factories that Eberhard Faber Pencil Company occupied until 1956.

Mechanics and Traders Bank of Brooklyn - The former Mechanics and Traders Bank of Brooklyn at 144 Franklin St. is a neo-Classical brick, stone and terra-cotta building constructed around 1895.

The Astral Apartments -  Charles Pratt, who was the richest man in Brooklyn back in the day, built the picturesque Astral Apartments at 184 Franklin St. as housing for workers at his oil refinery.  The Queen Anne-style brick and terra-cotta building, which has frontage on India and Java streets, was designed by prestigious architecture firm Lamb & Rich and constructed in 1885 and 1886.

3:00 PM at Threes @ Franklin & Kent - 113 Franklin St b/t Noble St & Greenpoint Ave (718) 522-2110 - where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

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-   By Subway:  G train to Greenpoint Avenue
-   Bring your own stool or chair for more sketching opportunities

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, September 18, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers ON the Gowanus Canal

The Weekday Sketchers has been invited by the Gowanus Dredgers to  sketch the Gowanus Canal from canoes! 

The Gowanus Canal will be the site for the Weekday Urban Sketchers on September 28, 2017. There will be two parts to the day:  an early AM trip in the canoes and a later morning meet up on land.  Space for the early AM portion of the day is extremely limited.  We have space for only 12 sketchers which will be awarded on a first come first served basis. (A waiting list will be maintained once the 12 seats are taken).   A note with instructions on where to meet will be sent after the registration is set. 

Here are some parameters for the canoe trip:
  • We will meet at 8:00 AM by the boathouse on the canal. We will be putting in to the water shortly after that so you MUST be on time or you will truly "miss the boat"!!
  • The session will be approximately 2.5 hours. 
  • You must have some knowledge of how to paddle and maneuver a canoe. You don't have to be an expert but there isn't going to be any instruction.
  • You have to be agile enough to get in and out of the canoe and be able to sketch while in the canoe. 
  • You will be given directions on how to get there by subway. If you want to drive it is up to you to find legal parking. There is no off street parking.
  • There is no charge for the trip but we will "pass the hat" to make a donation to the organization. 

If you would like more information about the Gowanus Dredgers please look at their web 

If you would like to take part in this special event, please email Raylie Dunkel at no later than Monday September 25, 2017.   All those going in the canoes will be sent instructions on where to meet. You will also be notified if the spots have been filled. Your name will go on a waiting list.

Please watch for the general announcement about the land based part of the sketch event.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher in City Hall Park

Join us for a chance to sketch the beautiful gardens and fountain in City Hall Park before the flowers fade and the fountain is turned off.  Located in front of City Hall the garden offers views of the Woolworth Building, Publishers' Row, City Hall, the Municipal Building, City Hall, the Tweed Courthouse and the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge.  

Getting all this in will be a challenge....and in case you need another, try doing the fountain with its water cascades and gas lights!

Since Wednesday evening is the start of the Jewish High Holidays we will be starting a bit earlier so those who have to leave early can still have some sketch time.  As with any sketching event, come when you can, leave when you must.

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DATE: WEDNESDAY  September 20, 2017


                         At the apex of Broadway and Park Row 
                         We will meet around the fountain 

DIRECTIONS: 2,3 to Park Place N, R, W to City Hall, 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  While there are plenty of benches you might want to bring a stool to get specific views. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Pelham

Pelham,  New York

Saturday September 16, 2017

If you’d like a break from the bustle of NYC come join us for a sedate visit to the picturesque town of Pelham in Westchester.

Pelham is the oldest town in Westchester County. Thomas Pell signed a treaty in 1654 with the Siwanoy Indians to buy what is not only the Town of Pelham but is all of the Bronx, and the land along Long Island Sound, north to the Rye border. That was then - this is now:  The look of Pelham, harks back to its Colonial days with stately trees, stone walls and hilly streets.  Houses built in the 1920s have timeless character.


We will meet at the park across the street from the metro north train. There's 2 parks on each side so it will depend on the way you are traveling . If you are coming from grand central you would keep right when leaving the train and  follow the platform to the flight of steps go right and park is right under bridge. 2 minute walk.  We will meet at the Gazebo
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To : Pelham, NY

Approx Travel Time : 33 minutes
Take the STAMFORD STATION bound Metro-North Train
Trains run approximately every half hour.

Departing at 9:36 AM - Arrive at PELHAM STATION at 10:07 AM

   Next train:  Departs at 10:05 AM - arrives at PELHAM STATION at 10:36 AM

    One Way Off-Peak Fare (Station/TVM) : $8.00
         - Reduced Fare : $5.25

Lunch at Noon - We'll eat al fresco picnicing in the park.  Bring your own or buy food from shops in town.

Afternoon:  Continue sketching Pelham

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - At Rockwells,  105 Wolfs Lane (914-738-5881) - We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments 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. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Morris Jumel Mansion

Take a step back in history when George Washington was engaged in the Battle of Brooklyn and there was a clear line of sight from northern Manhattan to the battery.  Hard as it is to believe that fact put this house "on the map" as a strategic position in the Revolutionary War. 

Join us as we sketch the house (from the outside), the gardens and the fascinating architecture of Sylvan Place which are all part of the Jumel Historic District in Washington Heights.  Our focus will be the exterior of the building and grounds. For those who wish to visit the interior they are welcome to do so and take a tour. There is an entrance fee.

Please note: The Hamilton Grange is closed on Tuesday so we couldn't visit it as originally planned. It will be scheduled at a later date.

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                      Jumel Terrance between 160 and 162 Streets

START TIME: 10:30.   Come when you can, leave when you want

TRANSPORTATION:  C Train to 163rd St.  Use exit marked 161 and St Nicholas Ave . Walk past CTown market and walk up the stone stairs.  Museum entrance is ahead of you at the end of Sylvan Terrance

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SATURDAY Sketching Roosevelt Island

September 9, 2017

Technically considered part of Manhattan, the two mile long island in the middle of the East River is a world unto itself.  The 147 acre tract is home to 12,000 New Yorkers and best accessible to NYC via a Tram ride.  It was once called Blackwell Island, then Welfare Island. In it's long history it's been home to an insane asylum, a prison and smallpox hospital.

Sketchers can enjoy long river walks, with unparalleled views of the river and breath taking views of New York City.

The Tramway
The best way to get there is to use the Tramway.  Until recently it was the only commuter tramway in North America.  Since 1976 over 26 million passengers have used the tram, travelling the 3,100 ft (940 m), at a peak elevation of 250 ft (76 m) above the river.   Surrounded by glass on all sides it provides a spectacular view of the city.


 When:   We'll meet at 10 AM.  Running late?  Meet us on the island - take my phone and text or call.

Where:  At Tram Plaza at 60th Street and Second Avenue.  Best bet - bring a Metro Card, there is no booth although there are vending machines. Note:  The tram is wheelchair accessible and Bicycles are permitted on the tram.

How:  In Manhattan, the entrance to the system is at Tram Plaza at 60th Street and Second Avenue. The closest New York City Subway station is the complex at Lexington Avenue / 59th Street (N Q R trains on the BMT Broadway Line and 4 5 6 <6> trains on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street (E M trains) on the IND Queens Boulevard Line and Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street (F train) on the IND/BMT 63rd Street Lines are also nearby.

Morning:  Roosevelt Island South (Southpoint Park) - From the Tram terminal we'll head south to the Roosevelt Memorial designed by Luis Kahn. It's an impressive tribute with views that are incredible.  From the tram, it's a 10-minute walk south.

Lunch:  12:00.  We'll walk back to the Tram area for some lunch.  There  are one or two places to buy food.  You might also consider bringing your own lunch for a picnic approach.

Afternoon:  1:15 we'll leave for the Northpoint Light House.  Note: From south to north is the equivalent of 35 city blocks or a 20-minute pleasant walk from the tram.  The alternative is to use the island bus system.

At the northern end of the island we'll be able to sketch the Gothic-revival lighthouse, built in 1872 by the city to help light a nearby insane asylum. The asylum's long gone, but there's some shady lawns and sitting spots by the lighthouse that look north towards Randall's Island. It's truly a unique vantage point.

Show and Tell:  2:45, Leave the north end of the island and we'll take the Tram back to the big island. It's a short walk to the Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites Bar, located at 311 E 60th St at 2nd Ave ((212) 355-2337), to continue sketching, and for us to share drawings, good stories and beer, coffee, tea or wine if you're so inclined (food too if you like).

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, September 5, 2017

Weekday Sketcher in Jersey City 

Update: Added Incentive

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As  you know we are scheduled to visit the General Pencil Factory in Jersey City.  It is a very old and cramped facility and we could only accommodate 15 people. However, the company has graciously offered to give us extra goodie bags for anyone who will be joining the group for the afternoon session on the Jersey City Waterfront.  Perhaps this will incentivize you to cross the river on Thursday afternoon.  See the previous post for information on where to meet and how to get there.

How to Make a Watercolor Block

Hello All:

I was poking around on another USK web site because I am going to visit that city and wanted to hook up with their meetings.  I found this post on how to make a watercolor block.  You know, that expensive pad where all the papers are bound into one block that you work on and then peel the sketch from the rest of the pages.

Here is a really neat and inexpensive way to accomplish he same format with a sheet of watercolor paper and a glue gun.

Have fun...make one and bring it to Jersey City for the waterfront sketching at 2 PM on Thursday Sept 7, 2017.  See the previous post for details.

Raylie Dunkel

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Weekday Urban Sketcher at General Pencil in Jersey City

Look in your pencil case and assuredly you have charcoal pencils from the General Pencil Company. Now you have an opportunity to see where and how they are made. 

Urban Sketchers has been invited to visit the General Pencil factory in Jersey City for tour and sketch event. We will have a three hour opportunity to sketch the outside and inside of this 100 year old facility.  After the time at General Pencil we will move to the promenade on the Jersey City waterfront to sketch the Manhattan skyline from the Jersey side:  Remember that the one thing NJ has that NY doesn't have is the iconic view of Manhattan!!

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The afternoon session is open to all but the morning session is limited to 15 participants on a first come first served basis.  If you want to attend please respond to Raylie Dunkel at Information on where and when to meet will sent to you once you have responded. 

All who would like to attend the afternoon session will meet on the Owen Grundy Pier next to the PATH station at Exchange Place station at 2:00 PM.  There are plenty of benches so no need to bring a stool.


TIME: 2:00 PM  for the open session. 

               NOTE:  Those going to General Pencil will receive instructions separately. 


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TRANSPORTATION. Take the PATH train from the WORLD TRADE CENTER  one stop to EXCHANGE PLACE STATION.  Take the escalators (note the neon light art installation on the ceiling) up to the street.  Exit the train station and make an immediate left turn onto the Pier. 

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers Schedule


In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is a list of meeting dates and places for the next month.

Week of August 28:  NO SCHEDULED MEETING 

September 7, 2017  Thursday.  Jersey City. 
                                     Part I: AM Tour of General Pencil Factory and sketch crawl. NOTE: this will be a limited event. Please watch for instructions on signing up. It will be a first come first served event
                                      Part II: Jersey City Waterfront. Open to all.  Come and capture the incredible views of lower Manhattan from the other side of the river.

September 12, 1017  Tuesday.  Hamilton Grange and City College.  
                                                  The Grange was Alexander Hamilton's summer home. This beautiful Federal Building and the Gothic Towers of City College will be a architectural tour through time.

September 20, 2017  Wednesday.  Morris Jamel Mansion and the Morris Jamel Historic District.  This building played a significant role in the Revolutionary War.  (Yes, Washington slept here!) With a wonderful colonial building and surrounding gardens it forms the center of an historic district which includes Sylvan Terrace, a street of beautiful wooden buildings and the surrounding White Stone houses of Washington Heights. 

September 28, 2017  Thursday. Gowanus Canal.  
                                                   Part I: EARLY AM canoe trip on the canal to capture the canal from the water.  This will be a limited first come first served event hosted by the Gowanus Dredgers
                                                    Part II: meet dockside but the Gowanus Dredger's boat house to continue our sketch crawl of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding district.


Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Grotto

Sunday, August 27, 2017

There is a hidden grotto in Central Park

With admiration we are copying the Weekday NYC USk group who sketched an incredible piece of Central Park a few weeks ago.

Photo by Bruce Monroe

Our destination is a series of connecting waterways that traverses the north end of Central Park. This lesser known area of the park, known as The Ravine, consists of The Pool, The Glen Span Arch and the Loch going through the Huddleston Arch (made from huge stones without any mortar) and eventually leads into the Harlem Meer.

The Park itself is a work of art and this portion includes a wild but artistically perfect view of nature with a bit of the urban skyline thrown in.


DATE:  SUNDAY, August 27, 2017

TIME:  Start time - 10:00 AM

LOCATION:  We will meet at the entrance to the park at West 103rd Street and Central Park West.  From there we will go to the The Pool, then work our way down through the Grotto to capture various scenes.  If you come late enter the park and follow the water - you'll find us.  Or feel free to call or text (see number below)

-   Subway:  C or B to 103rd Street.
-   Or come by car there is no alternate side of the street parking on Sunday.

Lunch: Noon - 12 PM. Dining al fresco. Bring lunch or depend on park vendors.  We’ll be eating together by the pond.

Afternoon:  1:15 PM  Back to sketching.  We'll explore spots along the waterway.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM  - Gather to head over to The Fat Monk, 949 Columbus Ave (between W. 106-107 St) (212) 837-2334. We will share drawings, good stories and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.

Bring a stool - always a good idea, it gives you more options.

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, August 20, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher in Riverside Park South Tuesday

Riverside Park South runs along the Hudson River from 57th St to 72nd Street.  A narrow strip of land between the West Side Highway and the river the park offers great views of the Hudson, the GWB and NJ.  In addition the park hosts the Art Students League Models to Monuments project. Join us for a sketch crawl along the length of the park to sketch the views, the monuments and the beautiful park created from a forgotten piece of real estate along the Hudson River.

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TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: We will meet at Pier 1 Cafe on the Riverside Park Pier at the end of 70th Street.  From there we will keep working our way south to 57th Street.    Bring lunch, water, a stool, and a hat.  

TRANSPORTATION: 1train to 66th Street.  Walk 2 1/2  blocks west to the river. There is an entrance to the park at about 68th Street .  Follow the path north to the pier at 70th St. 

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

Call to Sketchers to Draw at a Folk Festival

Urban Sketchers has been invited to participate in the first Folk Festival to be held in Jersey City. 

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On Saturday September 9 2017 Hudson West will present a full day Folk Music Festival in an historic church downtown Jersey City and Urban Sketchers has been invited to sketch the event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your reportage skills while listening to good music in a beautiful historic building.   

A2If you would like to participate you will be given a complimentary ticket (worth $25.00) to the all day event and an opportunity to sell you pictures while on site.  Check out the web site for details about the venue and music:

The management has reserved 10 complimentary passes. If you ware interested in participating you must RSVP directly  to Raylie Dunkel at 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Oyster Bay

SUNDAY August 20th: 
Sketch the Picturesque Hamlet 
of Oyster Bay 

A wonderful day planned and coordinated by Suzala

With views of ships moored, estates out on a peninsula across the water as well as the main street of a "New English" village. There is something to draw from every vista.  The main street of Oyster Bay is conveniently located less then a one block from the LIRR Station, and less then one block from the beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor of the Long Island Sound.

Oyster Bay is a charming 1800 fishing village located on the Long Island Sound on the North Shore of Long Island, first mentioned in 1639, then again in 1889 when the  LIRR  arrived. The 26th President Theodore Roosevelt had his office right on the main drag in the Historic landmark, Moore's Building at 1-9 East Main street ( a 2 block walk from the LIRR) in 1901. It is a town with 30 registrations on the Historic Preservation List and they are all accessible in a one mile loop.

Named “Oyster Bay” by the Dutch for its abundance of shellfish, many of the Bay’s European settlers became shell fishermen.  By the mid to late 1800s Oysters had become the main source of protein for New Yorkers, rather than beef.  Oyster carts replaced hotdog carts and the poor fed their families with heaping buckets of shellfish that they gathered from beaches themselves.

While still a prosperous source for oysters, the sound is also home to many large beautiful estates and if you know exactly where to look, you can see Billy Joel's compound directly across the way.

In addition to these Landmark locations, not to be missed is Century Cycles located just behind the gazebo. It is not a store, but the location of Billy Joel's motorcycle collection and is open to the public for viewing for free.

Do NOT leave town with out a visit to the Bonanza Ices Stand. I can personally attest to too much of the food here. One should not leave town without having eaten one of their "Italian" ices.The Chocolate ( made with Ghirardelli chocolate) and the coconut are amazing but so is the pine-colada and the mango. Sadly I have not had a bad one yet! It is a great down and dirty place for lunch as well serving up hot dogs with toppings and amazing steak fries with convenient wooden picnic tables in the rear.  ( I have been going there since I was knee high and have sketched it's charm from the far corner many a time: it truly is a long Island institution.)


Where: Oyster Bay Gazebo on Audrey Avenue.   (Note:  This is one of our rare events outside of NYC's five boroughs.)

When: 10:00am

Lunch: 12:45 Let's break for lunch, we will meet at the gazebo and go from there. The lunch plan:  Grab Grub and Plenty of Gab.

Afternoon:  1:45 - back to sketching this incredible town.

Show and Tell: 3:00pm on East Main street; share your images and your adventures from today and enjoy some Italian snacks, both sweet and savory or just an espresso if you like.

Directions from Penn Station:
There is a train leaving Penn Station at 8:12 am arriving in Oyster Bay ( practically on E Main street) at 9:46.
The following train is at 10:12 am arriving at 11:46.
Suzala will be at the gazebo at 9:45 and then at the corner of Maxwell and Shore Dr at 11:46 to welcome any stragglers.

Return trains to Penn run 4:19, 5:19 6:19 and 8:19 pm

Coming from Long Island, grab your GPS!

1.)  We attached a map (see below) for a assistance in getting around this small town. ***Shore Avenue, Audrey Ave and East Main street are all the SAME street.
2.)  While the map makes everything look big. Suzala says - "Even I can walk the whole joint. Trust me, when I say small town I mean it."
3.)  Bring a stool or a sit-upon, it always gives you greater sketching flexibility.
4.)  The times highlighted in yellow are the correct times.  (Thanks to Margaret Montgomery for pointing out that we originally used the weekday schedule.)

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
or Suzala our native resident at 516 238-0220

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers on Governors Island (Redux) 

Did you miss going to Governors Island on Saturday?  Not to worry.  The Weekday group is going there this Thursday  If you went on Saturday, come again. We will be visiting a different part of the island with different views and activities.  You will get to swing in a hammock and go down NYC's longest slide...all while sketching the views!

We will meet at the Ferry Slip for the 11:00 ferry.  Be prompt as the ferry runs only once an hour during the week, and there is a small fee during the week as well ($1. for Seniors and $2. for "juniors") 

Bring your lunch, a stool, sunscreen and a hat.  You cold also bring a bike if you would like!

For inspiration, artwork by Kamilla Talbot

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TIME:  11:00 AM   (if you come early there is lots to draw near the ferry slip: Seaglass Carousel, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel, the Staten Island Ferry building, etc)

LOCATION:  FERRY SLIP AT BATTERY MARINE BUILDING NEXT TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY   Note: We will leave on the 11:00 Ferry.  If you miss the boat just take the next one at noon.  Boats will return every hour on the half hour. 

TRANSPORTATION:  1 to South Ferry, R or W to Whitehall Street. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at so we will know how many people to expect at the ferry slip.  Catching a later boat and want to find us?  Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Governors Island

SATURDAY: August 12, 2017

Governors' Island - 800 yards from Lower Manhatta

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world separate from the city with views every sketchers will love.  

The Late 1800's Frozen in Time for you to Sket

It's been said that you can't see NYC from Manhattan.  Governor's Island has absolutely unique views of the city and stunning views of NY Harbor.  It's also a snap-shot of small town American in the late 1800s and lots of fun to sketch.

Our morning Base Camp will be Colonel's Row, a particularly sketchable part of the island, with event's, nature areas, historic homes, rides and food concessions.  We'll meet there, have lunch there.

It’s CIVIL WAR WEEKEND:  Meet Union soldiers in the Soldier’s camp, watch musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and listen to Civil War music performances!

Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration   They will be firing a real 1860s-era cannon and will demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.  (Sounds pretty sketchable to me!)

After lunch we’ll sketch the NY Skyline - a short walk to the edge of the island.  Our spot will be the point closest to the Statue of Liberty.  We will sketch there and have our Show and Tell there.

Where:   Governors Island - Only reachable by Ferry (don't forget to sketch the ferry ride). Visitors disembark at Soissons Landing

Get there early -  lines form.  We're taking the 11 AM Ferry.
Not a morning person?  Hey, come anyway - whenever. Bring the contact phone number so you can find us.

Lunch:  1:00 PM - We'll break for lunch and socializing with some sketching thrown in (of course).  Although the concessions have great food the lines are long. Bringing a picnic lunch might be good.

Afternoon:  1:30 - Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  2:30 - To share drawings, good stories.

The Ferry Back:  We'll leave at 3:30 intending to make the 4:00 Ferry back.  

From Manhattan: Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. (departs every 30 minutes until 5:30)

From Brooklyn: Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. (departs every hour)

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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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Grotto in Central Park

Can you believe that there is a hidden grotto right in Central Park? 

Our destination this week is a series of connecting waterways that traverses the north end of Central Park. This lesser known area of the park, known as The Ravine, consists of The Pool, The Glen Span Arch and the Loch going through the Huddleston Arch (made without any mortar) and eventually into the Harlem Meer, offers us a small slice of the Adirondacks with a bit of the urban skyline to capture in our sketches.  Join us for sketching and the search for the "headwaters" of the waterways of Central Park.

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DATE: TUESDAY, August 8, 2017

TIME:  10:30 M

LOCATION:  We will meet by The Pool, then work our way down through the Grotto to capture various scene.  

Enter the park on at 103rd Street and Central Park West.  Follow the path to The Pool. Look for us along the paths that lead from The Pool to the Loch.  

TRANSPORTATION:  C or B to 103rd Street. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call  or text Raylie at 201 978 6387.  Bring lunch, a stool and plenty of water.  


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketching the Story Tellers

Saturday August 5, 2017

The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is providing a wonderful program for children of all ages, featuring fairy and folk tales from around the world.  Our own Karen De Mauro is the featured storyteller this Saturday.  The event is centered around he Hans Christian Andersen statue "The Ugly Duckling" near 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue in Central Park.

The famous statue is located by the Central Park Model Boat Pond.  It’s such a peaceful spot, filled with families and friends posing all day long in charming vignettes against beautiful backgrounds including the Fifth Avenue skyline peaking over the trees.  What sketcher wouldn't be inspired?


When:  This Saturday, August 5th.  We’ll meet at 10 AM.  The story telling program begins at 11. There are wonderful scenes to sketch - all the time.

Where:  To get there enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 76th Street.  The pond and the statue are at what would be 74th Street so walk south.

How:  Subway - 6 train to 68th Street - Hunter College, or approach from the West side using the B or C train and walk across Central Park.

Lunch:  There are loads of vendors - buy food or bring your own.  We’ll eat around 12:30 dining together out doors.

Afternoon:  More sketching

Show and Tell: 3:30  We’ll walk to Riposo 72 located at 50 W 72nd St, where we’ll share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wind if you're so inclined.

NOTE:  Although there are benches, your options are always better if you bring a stool or chair.

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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, July 31, 2017


St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights is America's answer to the great cathedrals of Europe. Standing in all of its Gothic glory and still under construction for more than 100 years, St. John's offers us a trove of sketching possibilities: the cathedral, both inside and out, the magnificent Peace Fountain and the beautiful gardens surrounding the many buildings on it's almost 12 acre property.  (Have you ever seen the Bible Garden with plants that are mentioned in the Bible?) 

And if that's not enough, we can sketch the National Sculpture Society's exhibition "A Blessing of Animals" inside the cathedral.  

To get ready, here's a link to an article "10 Secret Facts about St. John's "

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St John the Divine

TIME:  10:30 AM

LOCATION: 112TH STREET AND AMSTERDAM AVE.  Note:  we will meet on the front steps at 10:30.  Everyone will draw where they want to and meet again at 12:30 for lunch by the Peace Fountain just south of the building. 

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Peace Fountain

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6

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