Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden is Central Park's six-acre formal garden. It is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden's main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This magnificent iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.

The Italianate center garden is composed of a large lawn surrounded by yew hedges and is bordered by two exquisite allées of spring-blooming pink and white crabapple trees. A 12-foot high jet fountain plays on the western end of the lawn, backed by tiered hedges and stairs that lead up to a wisteria pergola. On the walkway under the pergola are medallions inscribed with the names of the original 13 states.

The northern, French-style garden showcases parterres of germander and spectacular seasonal displays of spring tulips, and Korean chrysanthemums in autumn, all within an ellipse of Japanese holly. In the center is the charming Three Dancing Maidens fountain by German sculptor, Walter Schott. To the south is the very intimate English-style garden. There are five mixed borders of trees, shrubs and perennial plants, and five seasonal beds featuring spring bulbs that are followed by annual
flower displays. A slope of woodland plants lines the western edge of this garden. At the center is sculptor Bessie Potter Vonnoh's lovely Frances Hodgson Burnett Memorial Fountain, a tribute to the author of the children's book, The Secret Garden. The children — a girl and a boy, said to depict Mary and Dickon, the main characters from the classic — stand at one end of a small water lily pool.

The Conservatory Garden is an officially designated Quiet Zone and offers a calm and colorful setting for a leisurely stroll, and intimate wedding, or the precious joys of a sketchbook.


When:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 at starting at 10 AM

Where:  Central Park's Conservatory Garden.  We'll meet near the Vanderbilt Gate on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets.

Lunch:  12:00 Noon - We'll eat in the garden or nearby if picnicking isn't permitted in the Garden.  Bring your own or chance buying from vendors in the park.

Afternoon:  1:15 - Back to sketching in the area.

Show and Tell:  3:00 Meet at our lunch spot where we will share drawings, good stories and a beverage or snack if you're so inclined.


-     Bring a stool if you have one, 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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekday Sketchers in Bryant Park CANCELED

So sorry to do this but the forecast is really bad for Tuesday.  The program in Bryant Park and the library is CANCELED for Tuesday.  Please watch for the announcement for next week.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Bryant Park TUESDAY

A carousel, a fountain, a beautiful lawn littered with sunbathers, bocci courts, food kiosks and beautiful trees with the NY Public Library as a backdrop is a clarion call for Urban Sketchers.  Join us on TUESDAY to capture the various scenes in this beautiful oasis in midtown.

Lots of seating but a stool is helpful. Bring lunch or purchase it at one of the food kiosks.  Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-973-6387.

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DATE: TUESDAY  September 18, 2018


                       6TH AVENUE AND 42ND STREET

TRANSPORTATION: E,B,D,F,M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park    7 to 5th Ave/Bryant Park


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Storytellers

This Saturday, 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.  Urban Sketcher 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 a wonderful 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.  Any sketcher would be inspired.


When:  This Saturday, September 15th.  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.  Check to make sure trains are running.  Lots of repair work on the weekends.

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

Afternoon:  1:30  More sketching in the area including the boat pond.

Show and Tell: 3:00  We’ll walk to Riposo 72 located at 50 W 72nd St, ((212) 799-4140) where we’ll share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine 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.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekday Sketcher do the Mural Arts Program in Jersey City

Jersey City has commissioned 99 artists to paint murals around the city and we are going to capture some of them in our sketchbooks. You know the woodcut of the wave done by Japanese artist Hokusai?  Well, Jersey City has one too. And a giant giraffe ,and Neptune rising from the sea,  and  Jim Bowie and ....much more. You can Google the murals for a peak at what we will be working on or visit Ling Chen's Instagram account to see how a local artist has captured these images:

We will meet on the plaza by the Grove Street Station and work on the many murals in the immediate vicinity. Bring a stool and some lunch, or purchase lunch from the many restaurants in the area. 

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LOCATION:  GROVE STREET PLAZA, JERSEY CITY at the intersection of Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive. 

TRANSPORTATON: Take either of the PATH lines (33rd Street or World Trade Center) to the Grove Street Station.  You can use your Metrocard on the PATH system. Stay towards the front or middle of the train. Exit the station via the escalator on the second exit level and gather near the rotunda around the train station.  From there we will explore a number of the murals in the immediate vicinity. 

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Westchester Sketchers at Harbor Island Park on Saturday!

Harbor Island Park - Mamaroneck Avenue and Boston Post Road.  This is by far the gem of Mamaroneck with its historic landmark, plenty of open space, surrounded by greenery. with a wonderful beach and water park and play ground for kids and of course boating, including a launching area, docks, fishing floats.  There's loads to sketch.


WHEN:  Start time 10:30 AM on Saturday September 8th.

WHERE:  Harbor Island Park, use the entrance at Mamaroneck Ave. and Boston Post Road.
                 Meet us at the Welcome to Harbor Island Park sign, located near the parking area. 

TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Metro-North (New Haven Line) to Mamaroneck Train Station. 
                 Walk east along Mamaroneck Ave. about 5 blocks to the Park at the intersection of Boston Post Road.
LUNCH:  12:30 PM  Bring your own or shop for possibilities on Mamaroneck Avenue.

SHOW and TELL:   1:00 PM - we will share drawings, good stories and thoughts.

_     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.
_     If coming by train, shop for your lunch as you walk along Mamaroneck Ave. to the park.
_     In case of rain, an alternate indoor location TBD will be announced.

If you can’t find us 
call Marianne at 914-355-6507 
or call Cathy at 914-625-0766.

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Christopher Street Pier

It feels like NYC just noticed that we're an island.  We seem to have discovered our waterfront.  Areas that were run-down just a few years ago have been transformed into incredible locations.

I visited the Christopher Street Pier the other night to try to sketch a Tango Dance.  What a gorgeous location.  Views everywhere you looked, with a constant pleasant breeze.  I also found restaurants, lawns with views, clean restrooms and loads of interesting people to draw if you get tired of the view.

Join us sketching this Saturday.

What:  Sketch the Christopher Street Pier and the surround waterfront area.

Where:  We will meet at the entrance to the pier itself.

When10 AM is our start time.  If you come late look for people with sketch books or call or text me (number below).

How:  There are several subways that get you close, but you'll have an interesting walk through the picturesque West Village.  See the map below.

Lunch:  Noon - 12:00 PM Bring your own or purchase from vendors.  We'll be picnicking together.

Afternoon:  More sketching in the area.

Show and Tell:  At a location to be determined.  We will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.   

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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 2, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at the Model Sail Boat Pond on Wednesday

Join us to sketch the Conservatory Waters, better known as the Model Sail Boat Pond in Central Park.   Originally created for children by Olmsted and Vaux and modeled after similar boat ponds in Europe, it was later enhanced with statues of Hans Christian Anderson, with the Ugly Duckling, and Alice in Wonderland with her entourage of characters.

There are plenty of benches around the pond but you might want to bring your stool to capture just the right angle. Bring lunch or get a snack at the concession stand. And, bring your imagination to see this lovely area of Central Park as if you were still a child. 

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

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         Enter the park through the "Vendors Gate" at 72nd St and 5th Ave. Follow the path to the pond.

TRANSPORTATION: 6 TRAIN to 68th Street. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Weekday Sketchers Schedule: September & October

In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is the schedule for September and October.

Wednesday, September 5th             Central Park Model Sailboat Pond

Thursday, September 13th              Jersey City Murals on Newark Ave

Tuesday, September 18th                Fort Greene Park

Wednesday, September 26th,          Highbridge Park

Thursday, October 4th,                   Bryant Park

Wednesday, October 10th,              Bronx Zoo

Tuesday, October 16th,                   Brooklyn Navy Yard

Wednesday, October 24th,              Chinese Scholar's House, Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Tuesday, October 30th,                  Greenwood Cemetery

Thursday, August 30, 2018



I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  Time to kick back and relax.  

Please feel free to share your Holiday Weekend sketches.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Weekday  Sketchers at the Bloody Angle

Doyers Alley, a small street in Chinatown, also known as the Bloody Angle (because when the gangs ran rampant in NYC bodies were routinely dropped there after clashes) has been turned into a work of art for the next few months. Chen Dongfen, a Chinese artist, has painted a mural the whole length of the street and the city has turned it into a pedestrian mall for the next few months. The mural is called the Song of Dragon and Flowers and is a portrait of Doyers Alley past and present.  

Use this link to find our more about the artist and the project:

Bring a stool and lots of colorful paint, pencils and crayons to capture this truly Urban Sketching event.  Bring lunch or enjoy something from the multitude of restaurants lining the street.

Following lunch we will move to Confucius Plaza to capture the iconic statue of ....guess who?

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Walk east on Canal St to Mott. Turn south (right) on Mott and walk two blocks to Pell, turn left and walk 1/2 block to Doyers Alley.

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at (do not hit reply all to this message).  Looking for us? Call Raylie at 201-978-6387

Thursday, August 23, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch Picasso in the Village

Father Demo Square 

Yes, sketching Picasso actually means sketching a huge Picasso sculpture, ... and if you've never seen it, you'll be amazed.    We'll be sketching in Greenwich Village, starting the day at a cute park you've probably seen.  We'll meet at Father Demo Square which is in front of Our Lady of Pompeii church on Carmine Street.  (see map)

We're going to end up sketching the Picasso sculpture tucked in at LaGuardia Place.  Along the way we'll sketch the sites of the village.


WHAT:  Sketching in Greenwich Village

WHEN:  10:00 AM - Sunday, August 26, 2018.  (If you're arriving late - take my phone number.)

WHERE: Meet at Father Demo Square  6th Avenue bet. Carmine and Bleecker Streets.

HOW:   Trains: A,B,D,C,E to West 4th Street Station

LUNCH:  12:00 Noon - Bring your own or buy from the many vendors and stores in the area.  We'll be eating together in Washington Park (3 blocks away).

AFTERNOON:  1:15  Walking MacDougal to Bleeker to Laguardia to visit the statue.

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM - At Blue Haven, 108 W Houston St b/t Thompson St & Sullivan St
Phone number (212) 505-3400, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options.   

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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, August 19, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Domino Park

Another wonderful things about NYC:  there is always something new to discover. 

Come along this week and do that in one of the newest parks in the city: Domino Park.  Located on the East River and accessible by ferry, it is built on an old industrial site (can you guess what used to be there?) with remnants of the factories made into sculptural elements in the landscape.  

Use this link to the web site for information and pictures of the park, the history of the factory that once was and transportation to the park:   One of the architects worked on the Highline giving everyone great expectations of what the park will become.  Let's go before it is "discovered". 

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




TRANSPORTATION:  MJZ to Marcy Ave or L to Bedford Ave.  NYC Ferries to either North or South Williamsburg stop. 

NOTE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION:  The website has information on reaching the park by subway, car or ferry.  If you would like to go as a group, please meet at Pier 11 near Wall Street  in Manhattan to take the ferry to the North Williamsburg stop. Ferries run every half  hour at 21 and 51 minutes after the hour.  Please meet in time to take the 9:51 ferry that will leave us at the South Williamsburg stop at 10:11.   The walk from the ferry should put us in the park by 10:30.  If you can't make that ferry or want to take the subway or car, please meet us in the park anytime after 10:30 AM.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Governors Island

A boat ride across New York Harbor with views people travel thousands of miles to see, 
fresh air and a small island filled with surprises. 

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 feels like an adventure getting there and the island itself is filled with sketchable sites and views

For anyone interested in learning more about Governors Island check out this beautiful online brochure:

We're going to focus on two parts of this interesting island.  We'll be sketching the harbor views and the area around Colonel's Row.  In addition to the natural scenic atrractions of both areas there are also some interesting sketchable events taking place:

RITE OF SUMMER: Collaborative Arts Ensemble
Rite of Summer
Now in its eighth season on Governors Island, Rite of Summer is a classical contemporary music festival that takes place over four weekends during the summer months. The festival features many of NYC’s most engaging and innovative artists & ensembles. The Rite of Summer “concert hall” is Colonels Row, a short walk from both the Manhattan & Brooklyn ferries.

Ice skate in the summer sunshine! Mel’s Rink Governors Island will give New Yorkers the rare opportunity to skate during the summer months and is the first outdoor skating opportunity on
Governors Island.  Mel’s Rink utilizes state-of-the art synthetic technology to provide skaters with an “ice like” feel unmatched in the industry. The synthetic ice is high density plastic polymer that mimics the properties of real ice, designed for use with traditional ice skates with sharp metal blades.

(See Island Map below)


When:   This Saturday August 19, 2018.  I'll be waiting on line to take the 10 AM Free Ferry.  There are two more free trips, at 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM.  After that round trip tickets cost $3.  If you come later bring my phone number - text or call to find out where we are.

Where:  The Governors Island Ferry runs from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building (10 South St.)

From Brooklyn 
The Governors Island Ferry makes weekend trips from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6

From Queens:
The East River Route stops at Hunter's Point South in Long Island City, two stops from Governors Island. The ferry runs every 45 minutes, with the first Governors Island-bound ferry leaving Queens at 11:20 a.m., and the last Queens-bound ferry leaving Governors Island at 6:50 p.m.

The Astoria route stops at Long Island City's Gantry Plaza and Astoria, which you can take to Pier 11. There, catch either the East River or South Brooklyn ferries to Governors Island — note that each leg of the trip will cost $2.75.

Lunch:   12:00 PM - Noon.  Meeting place will be established when we arrive.  Bring your own food or rely on the island vendors (there are several and there are always lines)

Afternoon:   1:15 PM - Back Sketching

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM  Meet at the established meeting spot where we will share stories show our drawings and probably talk about art supplies.

_     Be prepared for rain, the forecast says no, ... but it's been crazy
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

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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, August 12, 2018


Christopher Street Pier is a wonderful reincarnation of one of the old Hudson River piers.  Jutting into the river with terraces, a lawn, a bandshell and trees, Urban Sketchers can choose their views: across the Hudson to New Jersey and the Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken, across West Street with views of the Empire State Building peeking out between new glass high rises or people and pets enjoying themselves on the pier amid the trees.  Join us for a day at the city's edge with your sketchbook to enjoy the breezes, the boats and the setting.

Plenty of places perch so leave your stool at home.  Bring lunch (or buy it at the snack bar), a hat and sunscreen. Please RSVP DIRECTLY to Raylie Dunkel at  Please do not hit "respond" to the email!

Marianne Milzoff will be the on site host for the day.  

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START TIME: 10:30 AM Come when you can, stay as long a you are able.


TRANSPORTATION: 1 Train to Christopher Street.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Let's sketch the greenest block in Brooklyn!

Where would you go if you wanted to find the greenest block in Brooklyn? Every year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden sets out to settle that question with its "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" competition.

On Sunday we'll be sketching on Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenue.  This block was selected among 160 different entries and judged by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens to be the greenest in the entire borough.


WHEN:  Start time 10 AM on Sunday August 12th

WHERE:  Enter Lefferts Avenue from Bedford Avenue.  We will spend the day on this block from Bedford to Rogers Avenue.

HOW:  Subways
Prospect Park stop - S, Q or
Sterling Street - 2 or 5 trains
See Map

LUNCH:  12 - Noon.  Bring your own or shop for possibilities two blocks away at one of the main entrances to Prospect Park, and the Botanic Gardens.

AFTERNOON:  1:15 PM - Back sketching on Lefferts Avenue.

SHOW and TELL:   3 PM - A one block walk to the Lincoln Tavern at 545 Flatbush Ave corner of Maple Street - Phone:(718) 469-3333, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

_     Be prepared for possible rain, it seems it's the season.
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 

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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, August 5, 2018

Weekday Sketchers in Carl Shultz Park

Join the Weekday Sketchers in Carl Shultz Park on the Upper East Side, home to Peter Pan, a wild boar and Gracie Mansion where the Mayor lives. (The first two are statutes!)  Walks along the promenade with views of Harlem and East Rivers, the Triborough Bridge and a lighthouse on Roosevelt Island.  Or walk along the beautiful pathways with stone badges and lush landscaping.  Remind you of Central Park? Not a coincidence as it was designed by Calvert Vaux who did both Central and Prospect Parks.

Lots of benches but a stool is a good idea.  Bring lunch, a hat and plenty of water.  RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Maryanne Milzoff will be the point person at the park who will wait 15 minutes for the group to gather and then go into the park.  Coming later? No problem, look for sketchers along the paths. The park is not too big to miss us.

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TRANSPORTATION:  Q TRAIN TO 86TH ST.  Walk east to the park entrance.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sketching Opportunity for Lovers of Folk and Blues Music

Last year a number of Urban Sketchers had the opportunity to be present at the Hudson West Folk Festival in Jersey City.  The organizers of the event were so happy with the sketches we produced that they are inviting us back this year.  

There are ten free passes available on a first come first served basis.  Please read the information below and  respond directly to Raylie Dunkel at if you are interested.  

What you need to know.

Date: Saturday September 8, 2018

Time:  Noon to 9:00 PM  
             Note: you can come at any time but please be prepared to sketch for a number of hours.  It would be good to coordinate our times at the festival so that we can cover some of the earlier acts as well as the later ones. 

  • First and foremost, a love of folk and blues music. 
  • There is no monetary compensation other than the free pass, worth $25.
  • Come prepared to sketch the acts and the crowd and then post them to the organizations' web site. 
  • You can use any medium you please.  
  • You will provide your own food and drink either by bringing it with you or preferably purchasing it from the food vendors at the festival. 
  • Street parking is available or use public transit from NYC via the PATH System. The venue is walking distance from the Grove Street Station.  (It is NOT the same place as last year!

Jersey City's Folk Festival

Located in the historic downtown area, three blocks to the Grove Street Path station and just a stone's throw from Manhattan, Jersey City again becomes a major player in the folk world when it hosts the Hudson West Folk Festival on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Grace Church, (39 Erie St., Jersey City).  
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An All Day Event with 10 Musical Acts

Listen to performances from both nationally-known artists and highly regarded regional acts through out the day (click artists for videos).
Take a break and have a drink, grab a bite at one of the varied food vendors and browse the retail vendor stalls.
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Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.


The lineup includes Harpeth Rising, Sunny War, Blue Yonder, Blackie Farrell, Stephane Wrembel, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Kirsten Maxwell, Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Scott Wolfson, and Freedy Johnston.  See all their videos

Workshops, Artists & Vendors

Free interactive musical workshops, all by musicians performing at the festival, are an extraordinary opportunity to learn.  Check them out at Music Workshops.
A fun, festival experience with a full bar, an entire hall dedicated to an array of food and retail vendors, and roving sketch artists capturing the moment.

The Venue

Located at Grace Church, 39 Erie Street, Jersey City, just three blocks from the Grove Street PATH station, this venue is long know for its support of music, art and community.
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