Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketching the Trade

Would You Trade NYC?
The Day Dutch New Amsterdam, Became English Manhattan

The Dyckman Farmhouse

Many thanks to Leslie Sim for organizing this event

On Saturday October 21 New York City Urban Sketchers will help celebrate one of the most important events in New York’s history.  In 1667, 350 years ago, under the Treaty of Breda, the Dutch secured a worldwide monopoly on nutmeg by trading New Amsterdam (Manhattan) to the English.  The NYC sketchers will spend the day sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse, an old Dutch Farmhouse located on Broadway, while their counterparts in Indonesia are sketching on the Spice Island.  (Yes!  There is a farm house located on Broadway in NYC!)

The Urban Sketcher chapters in both Indonesia and New York City are coordinating a joint “sketch crawl”, to commemorate this historic event.

In 17th Century, nutmeg was a valuable trading commodity due to its perceived medicinal qualities. At the time the spice island of Rhun, part of the Molucca Archipelago in the Banda Sea was the only place on earth that had nutmeg. 

There is a main road on Rhun named Manhattan Street, where Urban Sketchers Indonesia plan to sketch while the NY Chapter will be sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood New York, the oldest remaining Dutch farmhouse on Manhattan Island.

This is the first time two of the Urban Sketchers chapters have coordinated a joint sketching event.  We are excited to be commemorating this, largely forgotten but extremely important historic event. Sketchers and art lovers are invited to participate. 

We’ve worked out a Sketch Swap with the Indonesian Urban Sketchers.  This is totally voluntary.  If you’d like to participate you’ll need to give one of your sketches to Leslie.  We’re sending the NYC sketches to Indonesia and in return we’re getting an equal number of drawings back.  There must be an equal number of drawings sent and received. Leslie will be keeping a sign-up sheet so be sure to let her know you want to participate.

Dyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York City

By Subway:
The A Train to Dyckman Street Subway Station
Head northeast on Broadway toward Cumming St. Destination will be on the right  (see map)

Long Island Railroad:
Because of construction please check the LIRR timetables for the weekend.

Please post your sketches using the following hashtags:

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A tour will be provided of the museum when we arrive. We hope to have an historian Justin Rivers join us in the afternoon for an informal talk about the fascinating details of this event.


What:  We’re participating in an International Sketchcrawl partnering with Urban Sketchers Indonesia

WhereDyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, New York City

When:  Start time is 10 AM. We’ll be there the whole day

How:  See Travel info above and map below

Lunch:  We’ll gather together to have lunch at noon. Bring your own food or rely on the many restaurants and food stores in Inwood.

Afternoon:  1 PM - Back to sketching

Show and Tell3 PM  The social part of our day.  3:00 PM at the Inwood Bar and Grill, 4892 Broadway (b/t 207th St & 204th St) where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine if you're so inclined.

NOTE  -  Bring a portable stool if you have one. It adds to your comfort and increases your sketching possibilities.

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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, October 15, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Long Island City Courthouse

The Long Island City Courthouse is a beautiful Beaux Arts style building constructed in 1874 and renovated after a fire in 1904. Constructed of stone, ceramic tile, limestone and metal, it was once considered the most important building in Queens and designated a NYC landmark in 1974. It stands facing bustling Court Square and a grove of birch trees in front of the Citicorp building. 

In the morning we will sketch the courthouse and have lunch by the fountain in the front of the building. In the afternoon we will move across the street to sketch in the birch grove.
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DATETHURSDAY, October 19, 2017

TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION:  Long Island City Courthouse, 25-10 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101. We will meet by the fountain in front of the courthouse.

TRANSPORTATION: 7, G, E or M trains to Court Square, Queens. If taking the 7 train from Manhattan, exit the platform at Court Square near the back of the train and continue down the escalator to the left, as if going to the G, E or M trains. Walk along two long corridors, one with a moving sidewalk, until you get to the exit for Court Square and 44th Drive. Take the escalator to the left. You will emerge from the station into the birch grove. Across Jackson Avenue is the Long Island City Courthouse.

Bring a stool if you like, although there is a lot of seating in front of the courthouse and in the birch grove. Also you can bring lunch or buy from outdoor vendors on 45th Avenue across from the courthouse.

Please RSVP to Alan Wernicke at  If you are coming late, or cannot find us, call or text Alan at 917-685-5748.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery

     Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Green Wood is filled with century-and-a-half-old trees providing a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its more that a half million permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

 A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers (home to Brooklyn’s Green Parrot population, … really!).  Green-Wood is also a Revolutionary War historic site - the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what are now its grounds. 

 Founded in 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty.  By 1860, Green-Wood was rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Sketch by Janice Pullicino

When:  Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Meet at the front gate at 10 AM

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn We will meet just outside the main gate where we’ll start sketching.  (see map below)
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - With cooperative weather we’ll eat outdoors, meeting near the front gate. Bring your own or walk across the street to Baked In Brooklyn Bakery Store. In addition to baked goods they make sandwiches.

Photo:  Joan Tavolott 
Afternoon:  1 PM - Back sketching.

Show and Tell:  Meet at 2:30 PM for a walk to Greenwood Park, 555 7th Ave, (bet 20th and 19th Sts.)  This is a 15 minute walk to a beer garden where we will share drawings, good stories and a beer, snack or wine if you're so inclined.


By Subway:  Easily accessible by subway, the R train to Brooklyn’s, 25 St Station, walk up 1 block.  (see map)

By Car:  25 St & 5th Ave, Brooklyn - Free parking is available anywhere inside the High Gothic Victorian Main Gate  (which was created by the same people who created Trinity Church on Wall St)


-  Bring a portable stool if you have one. It adds to your comfort and increases your sketching possibilities.

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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, October 8, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Columbus Circle

On the traditional Columbus Day, October 12th, join us for an exploration of the part of the city named for this explorer: Columbus Circle. Included in the original plans for Central Park, dates back to a time when this area was nothing but farms, it is now considered the geographic center of NYC.   The area will offer us lots of opportunities to sketch some of NYC's icons: the stature of Columbus, the southwest entrance to Central Park,  #2 Columbus Circle, the "either-love-it-or-hate-it" building that now houses the Museum of Art and Design and the nexus of roadways that meet at the circle. 

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Columbus Circle

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Monument to USS Maine at entrance to Central Park

Bring your stool so you can move to a spot to capture just what you want in the scene. Bring lunch or purchase it in any of the outlets in the area.

DATE: THURSDAY October 12, 2017



Note: We will meet on the north east side of the circle in front of the entrance to Central Park by the Monument to the USS Maine, whose sinking in Havana's harbor in 1898 started the Spanish American War. 

TRANSPORTATION: A, B,C, D train to  59th ST/ Columbus Circle Station

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Queens Botanical Gardens

Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main Street
Flushing NY 11354

Hosted by Denise Markbreit

Sunday October 8 10 AM start time....but join us when you can!

The Queens Botanical Garden is an oasis in a dense and bustling urban setting. It's a place where people, plants and culture coexist and are celebrated.

Owned by the City of New York and located in the Northeast corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, QBG began as a five acre exhibit for the 1939 Worlds Fair and has grown to its current thirty nine acres by 1961. The Wedding Garden is almost in constant use for photo shoots and ceremonies and the large water features are innovative and sustainable.

Come and explore bee hives, woodlands, vegetable gardens, 
watch tai chi practitioners 
and glimpse the urban sprawl of Flushing 
just beyond the gates.


The garden offers free admission on Sundays from 9-11 am.
$6 thereafter/$4 seniors/students

Ample parking at 42-80 Crommelin Ave @$6 per car.

Arrive:  10 AM.  Coming later?  Bring the phone number (see below)

Lunch at 12:00:  Bring lunch.

Afternoon:  Sketching the Garden

Show and Tell:  Details to be determined on site.  Opportunity to share drawings, talk and socialize.

-   Plenty of benches but a stool could be helpful.
-   Public bathrooms are clean and there is ample shade.


7 train to Flushing Main Street, Q 44SBS or Q20A or walk 8 blocks south on Main Street

LIRR Port Washington Branch to Main Street ( see above)
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If you can’t find us
call or text Denise at 516-263-4818  

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Hamilton Grange and City College 

Alexander Hamilton built a summer home in upper Manhattan that is still there today. Named The Grange after his grandfathers estate in Scotland, he lived there for only 2 years before being killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.  This piece of American history is now located in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. Owned by the National Parks Service it is open to the public for tours.We will be sketching the building from the park. Participants are welcome to go to the museum or take a tour on their own.  

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Hamilton Grange

Sitting on a bluff above The Grange are the gothic buildings of City College's uptown campus. Our afternoon will be spent trying to capture the ornamentation of these buildings. 

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City College



                       414 West 141 St Street


1.  Take the #1 train to the West 137th Street stop on Broadway. Go North to 141st Street and make a right. Walk East towards Hamilton Terrace. The Grange is located at the intersection of West 141st Street and Hamilton Terrace.  

2. Take the A, B, C, or D train to the West 145th Street stop on St. Nicholas Avenue. Go south to 141st Street.Make a right onto 141st Street. Go west one block to Hamilton Terrace.

If you are driving, please visit the web site for information on where to park.

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