Thursday, January 5, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch SAS (the Second Ave Subway)

There really is no choice.  We must go to sketch NYC’s newest subway line.  New Yorkers have been patiently waiting for a Second Avenue subway since the city’s founding in 1624.  It’s too good not to sketch.

On the very first New York subway ride, on Oct. 27, 1904, Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. was tasked with starting the first train.
He was supposed to turn over the controls to a conductor, but driving the train was just too enticing. The mayor drove from City Hall all the way to 103rd Street.  The trip included an abrupt stop, which threw passengers forward, and warnings of “slower here — slower!” and “easy for the curve” as he barreled down the tracks.

At one point, the mayor was asked, “Don’t you want the motorman to take hold?”

“No, sir!” the mayor said. “I’m running this train!”

The trains have gotten a lot nicer and hopefully the driving has improved.

It’s supposed to be cold.  Let’s me inside at the 72 Street Station.  Our first destination will be the uptown platform on the uptown platform. Sketch anything that grabs you.  After an hour we’ll take the train to the next stop - to 86th Street, and then an hour later we’ll go to the last stop on 96th Street.  Each station has different art.

When:  Saturday.  Meet at 11 AM

Where:  Inside - the Second Avenue Subway at 72 Street.  Our eventual destination is the uptown side.

How:  The new portion of the subway is an extension of the Q Line which can be found at Times Square and also the Herald Square station.

-  11 AM Meet at the 72 St station (inside)

-  12:15 Travel one stop north to 86 St.

-  Lunch:  12:30 Bring your own or pickup up food at the Fairway Market  240 East 86 St (leaving will cost an additional subway fare)

-  1:45 Travel one stop north to 96 St. to continue sketching

-  Show and Tell: 3:00 PM at the Drunken Munkey NYC at 338 E 92nd St (b/t 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) where we will share drawings, good stories and and a snack or refreshments if you're so inclined.


  • Bring a stool if you own one, it makes sketching comfortable in a setting like this.
  • Call or text (973-809-9128) if you can't find us  - we'll talk you to the group
  • Bring your own lunch it's cheaper and provides more sketching time.
  • Say hello to anyone you see sketching, they are undoubtably with us!

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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.

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