Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketching THE View in DUMBO

DUMBO - the view from the World Trade Center

maybe the coolest neighborhood 
in ultra-cool Brooklyn

Dumbo - short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a great neighborhood for sketching.  Originally a ferry landing, it was the commuting spot for Brooklynites heading to Manhattan.  The area is filled with 19th- and early 20th-century industrial and warehouse buildings, cobblestone streets, and long shadows.

Urban Sketchers capturing THE view,
photo by Joan T
In the late 20th century it was remade into an upscale residential and commercial community—first becoming a haven for art galleries, and currently a center for technology startups, including the world headquarters for Etsy.  In that time, Dumbo had become Brooklyn's most expensive neighborhood, as well as New York City's fourth-richest community overall; this is owing in part to its large
concentration of technology startups, its close proximity to Manhattan, and its large number of former industrial buildings that have been converted into spacious luxury residential lofts.

The area is well worth exploring but most would agree that the single most incredible view is found looking to the East River from Washington Street at the corner of Water Street.  That's where we will spend the morning sketching.

What:  Sketch DUMBO ((Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass))

Where: We'll meet at Washington Street at the corner of Water Street in DUMBO.

When:  Start time - 10 AM.   Running late?  Messed up by the subways?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

-   By Subway:  It's about a ten minute walk downhill from all the subway choices.

A/C train to High Street,
Exit onto Cadman Plaza West. Walk left, toward the overhead highway; the street changes name to Old Fulton Street. Walk down the hill and bear left as you approach the East River. Continue on Fulton to DUMBO's Front Street to get a sense of the neighborhood. Make a left at Washington Street and walk one block towards the river to Water Street.  That corner is our meeting spot. (see map).
Jane's Carousel

2/3 train to Clark Street,
Take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront.  From there proceed to Water and Washington streets (see map).

F train to York Street,
See map

Lunch:  We'll break at 12:15 to purchase lunch - or bring  your own. We'll meet at 12:30 for a picnic lunch at a shady spot in the vicinity of Jane's Carousel

Afternoon:  1:30  Sketching in the area of Jane's Carousel

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Outdoors in the park.

_     Bring a hat
-     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.

Correction on Weekday  Sketchers Schulde for August 

In an effort to help you schedule time to attend the Weekday meetings, here is the schedule for August.

NOTE: there will be no weekday meetings scheduled for the last two weeks in July due to the annual Symposium in Porto Portugal.  Enjoy your sketching time on your own.

Wednesday August 1, 2018     Statues along Broadway

Thursday August 9, 2018  Charles Schultz Park

Thursday August 16, Christopher St Pier  

Wednesday August 22,2018  Domino Park

Wednesday August 29, 2018  Weeksville 

NOTE:  Saturday September 8, 2018 will be the Annual Jersey City Folk Festival.  Urban Sketchers are invited to sketch the scene all day and all night.  You will have to register to attend for free. Watch for details.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Prospect Park Boat House Wednesday

Travel to Brooklyn to a different time and place this week when we sketch the Prospect Park Boat House.  One of the most romantic locations in the city and has become a prime wedding venue. This Beau Arts confection is set on the Lullwater of the the Prospect Park lake, offering us sketching opportunities near the boat house and  over the water from surrounding bridges.  

An option for the afternoon sketching is the nearby Carousel with it's dragon pulled chariots, lions, deer and fanciful horses. 

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Prospect Park Boat Hous

Lullwater Bridge
The Lullwater 

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Prospect Park Carousel

DATE:  Wednesday July 11, 2018


                      Enter the park on Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road. Follow the path to the boat house.

TRANSPORTATION:  Q or S to Prospect Park Station

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Bring a stool, a hat, some sunscreen and something for lunch. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch on Roosevelt Island

Richard Alomar has invited NYC Urban Sketchers to join a group of Landscape Architects sketching Roosevelt Island.

Our event this coming weekend will take place on Sunday. Join Richard on July 8 2018 for a Sketch Walk around Roosevelt Island. The group will walk, view landmarks discuss the history of the island and sketch.

Meet at the front of the Roosevelt Island train station at 10 AM. Richard says there will be food trucks on the island that day, so plenty of good food to be had. There are also many public bathrooms. Sketching will last until 3 PM

If you have any questions contact Richard directly: richard.alomar.la@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

NYC Urban Sketcher - Workshops 2018

NYC Urban Sketcher - Workshops 2018

Based on the overwhelming positive response we got from last year's workshops we're running them again for 2018.  

We have 15 different workshops that will explore the skills and techniques you need to be a better artist and a more accomplished Urban Sketcher.

Each workshop is going to cost $35.  When you register you'll discover that the host website adds a few dollars which is their fee for hosting the program and collecting our money.  The actual total will be closer to $38.

Here is the line-up.  As we get closer to each event you'll be given more details and the website where you can register.  

When it comes to art instruction 
this is probably the best deal around.

  1. Marie Roberts        07/07/18 Seeing the Whole
  2. Elissa Gore         08/05/18  Transparent Watercolor Techniques
  3. Tom Kerr                 08/11/18  Drawing People in Motion
  4. Denise Markbreit 08/19/18  Watercolor Monotypes and Beyond
  5. Jason Das          08/25/18  Casual Perspective
  6. Mark Leibowitz 09/01/18  Urban Sketching for Beginners
  7. Jeff Levine         09/09/18   Subway Sketching
  8. Leslie Sim         09/15/18   Gouache on Toned Paper
  9. Katie Woodward 09/22/18  Nocturnes: Urban Sketching at Night
  10. Suzala                 09/30/18   Capture the Shapes to Capture the Picture
  11. Hugo Costa        10/06/18   The Aerial View
  12. Laura Rosen         10/13/18   Adding Atmosphere and Form with Color
  13. Lois Bender         10/21/18   Choosing Colors to Make Your Whites Pop!
  14. Shawne Cooper 11/18/18   From Sketches to Stories
  15. Joy Hecht         11/24/18   Sketching in Collage

​Reserve these dates.  More information coming soon. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport and Pier 16

We will meet at 10 AM at the corner of Water and Fulton Streets at the Titanic Memorial Park (see photo and drawing done by Urban Sketcher Michael Lohr).  The first part of the day we'll sketch the walk on Fulton Street from the Memorial down to the South Street Seaport.  Every inch of the walk is sketchable!

TRANSPORTATION:  2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton Street station; walk down hill towards river

Fulton Street Lighthouse -
by Michael Lohr

Lunch12:00  Noon - Al Fresco on Pier 16.  Come with your own lunch or purchase from the many vendors in the area.

Afternoon:   1:00 PM - Sketching Pier 16.  Lots to see and sketch.

Show and Tell:   3 PM - A short walk to the Paris Cafe at 119 South St. Phone: (212) 240-9797, where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

_    Bring a hat
-     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.

Weekday Sketchers Cancel Thursday 

The forecast is for rain, rain, rain Thursday June 28th.  The Urban Sketchers event in Madison Square Park is canceled.   Good day to try to capture rainy day scenes though your windows!

See you July 11th at the Prospect Park Boat House. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Weekday Sketchers in Madison Square Park

Join us for a day of sketching in Madison Square Park to capture the six sculptures by Diana Al-Hadid entitled Delirious Matter which are set on the oval lawn with the parks plantings and the surrounding the park as a backdrop.  And if you wish, wander over to the Madison Avenue side of the park to capture the beautiful beau-arts building that houses the NY State Appellate Division.  Oh, I almost forgot.....the Flatiron Building awaits you as well!

There are plenty of benches but it does get crowded so bring a stool if you have one. Bring lunch or get a burger at the Shake Shack in the park or treat yourself to Eataly across the street.  

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Diana Al-Hadid, Delirious Matter

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NY Appellate Divison

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                           23rd STREET AND 5TH AVENUE


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us: call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Nineteenth Century

Saturday looks like rain with Thunderstorms, so Sunday looks like our best bet.  We've found something that looks like it's going to be really interesting and highly sketchable.

NYC Urban Sketchers 
meet the 
New York Nineteenth Century Society!

As the sunny days grow longer, one often desires a happy excursion to whittle away the hours with friends. What better way to do so than with a Victorian picnic? Join the New York 19th Century Society for an afternoon of dining al fresco, good conversation, reading aloud, lawn games of the gentler sort, and photography, a very sketchable event

Society members have been instructed to bring food or drink to share. Suggested attire (for them - not us (unless you're feeling inspired)): summer whites, garden party frocks, tea dress, steampunk, Goth, or Lolita.

The Society is gathering on the Great Hill in Central Park. Closest subways are the C and B trains to 103rd Street and Central Park West.  NYC Urban Sketchers will meet on Sunday at 2 PM at the entrance to the park at 103rd Street and Central Park West.  (see map)

Sunday, June 24, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Great Hill, Central Park (106th Street and Central Park West)

#1 to 103 St
B or C to 103 St
B or C to 110 St / Cathedral Parkway

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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, June 17, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at South St Seaport Wednesday

You might remember the Fulton Street Fish Market which offered a small window into what was once a bustling commercial maritime waterfront, with its pallets of fish, puddles of melted ice and an aroma that can't be described.  While the old buildings have been sanitized and commercialized the area still offers sketchers some wonderful opportunities to capture a piece of NYC that once was.

We will meet in front of the South Street Seaport Museum and spend the morning sketching the cobblestone streets nestled below the Brooklyn Bridge.  After lunch we will move to the waterfront to  sketch the masted ships that have been permanently moored there.

Bring a stool, some lunch (or purchase something from the many vendors) and some imagination to capture the NYC that used to

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                       12 FOULTON  STREET

                                     4, 5 TO FOULTON STREET

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net. 

Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387

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Cobbled Streets

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Block Party

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Rubin Museum has it's annual block party this Sunday.  The "official" activities start at 1 PM, but in past years I've enjoyed sketching while everything gets set up.  The Block Party happens right in front of the Museum at 150 West 17th and extends for the whole block. 

For anyone unfamiliar , the  Rubin Museum of Art promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.

The Museum is open and free all day, so this is a rain or shine event.

Personal Note:  I'm teaching Sunday morning and will coming from Gowanus.  I probably can't get there until about 1:30.  It's also Father's Day and I'll be leaving to celebrate with Family at 3:30.  Don't wait for me.  Anyone on 17th Street with a sketchbook is almost certainly an Urban Sketcher - feel free to say hi.

What:  The Rubin Block Party

When:   Starting at 12:00 Noon

Where:  At the Rubin Museum at 150 W 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

  Subway -
   -  A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue)
   -  1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue)
   -  2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue)
   -  F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue)
   -  N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square

  Car -
   Parking is wide open on Sundays, the easiest day of the week to find a spot.  There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue.

 - Bring a portable stool or seat if you own one.  It will give you lots 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, June 10, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Jefferson Market Library and Garden

Situated on a triangle between West 10th Street and Greenwich and 6th Avenues, the Jefferson Market Library and Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city.  The library, was originally a market place named for Thomas Jefferson and later became the NYC police headquarters. Deemed the 5th most beautiful building America in a 1885 survey of architects, the library is an ornamental brick building with catacombs below and a minaret  that soars above 6th Avenue. Later the building became a courthouse with an adjacent jail. The garden, which was the site of the infamous Women's House of Detention, was created after the jail was torn down.  

Here is a link to the history of the site: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/910722_e7275bac067f464f83ac9d5186cd19a9.pdf

Join us to capture the library from the street or with views from the garden. Bring a stool, some lunch (or purchase it from the many stores in the area) and your imagination as we sit on such an historic site. 

 Extra Credit:  anyone who would like to sketch the shortest street in NYC can visit Patchin Place on 10th Street, which also has great views of the library.

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                      6TH AVENUE AND 10TH STREET
         NOTE; We will meet inside the garden entrance on 6th Avenue.


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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch the Little Red Lighthouse

This sketch event was planned for us by Svetlana

Weather note:  The forecast says rain for Saturday. This is not a rainy day idea.  I'm hoping we'll get a reprieve.  I will post an alternate dryer event on Friday if this optimism isn't rewarded.

Bennett Park
We will start the sketch in Bennett Park, a neighborhood gem, built on the site of Fort Washington. The fort’s former contours are still outlined by granite paving in the southern portion of park. The
park features an outcropping of Manhattan schist which is the highest natural point in Manhattan (267.75 feet above sea level, identified by a stone marker) and the Hudson View Gardens apartment complex on the west side of the park, representing a relatively early example of Tudor design in the city, predating Tudor City in Manhattan.

Svetlana Sketching
From the Bennett Park we will walk down the sloping Pinehurst Avenue and 181st Street (a walk which New York Times says “echoes” of Montmartre) down to a small terrace perched at the end of 181st Street with a fantastic view of the George Washington Bridge (which is by the way the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge) and the Palisades. We will spend another hour or so here before moving on for lunch.

We will enjoy lunch together at the park by the Hudson River in sight of – The Little Red Lighthouse, Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse and the main character of Hildegarde H. Swift’s 1942 children’s classic, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.”

The Little Red Light House sketched by Joan T. four years ago.

The lighthouse, built in 1880 and moved to Jeffrey’s Hook in 1921, warned ships away from the shore as they made their way down the narrow channel between New York and New Jersey. However, when construction of the great George Washington Bridge was completed in 1931, the lights of the bridge’s 600-foot towers overwhelmed the little lighthouse, and according to the book, made him feel small and unimportant. But at the end of the story, the bridge reassures the lighthouse that it is still needed to guide boats which are unable to see the lights high atop the bridge.

The story became so popular that when the lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1951, thousands of children started a nationwide campaign to save it. Thanks in part to their efforts, the lighthouse is now under the ownership of NYC Parks & Recreation.


10:00am       Meet in Bennett Park - W 183rd St &, Fort Washington Ave - by the cannon in the center.  By  subway use the A Train to 181 Street, or a few blocks further the #1 Train to 181 St.  (see subway map below)

11:00am       Move down Pinehurst Ave and 181st St to the overlook terrace (located at the corner of 1380 Riverside Drive)  (see walking map below)

12:30pm       Lunch bring your own or chance finding something on the way.

1:30pm         Sketch the lighthouse (formally known as Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse).


-  Bring a stool if you own one.  It gives you options.
-  The walk to the lighthouse will take approximately 15 minutes. We'll be walking from the tallest spot in NYC to sea level.  The streets are steep and it's a bit of hike getting back.  
-  See the maps - provided below.

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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, June 3, 2018

Weekday Sketchers at Elizabeth St Garden

Oh, the hidden treasures of NYC!! If you have never been to the Elizabeth Street Garden, you are in for a treat.  This wonderful green space is tucked in behind and around the buildings of Little Italy. Fronting on Elizabeth Street and reaching back to Mott Street on the block between Spring and Prince, it offers a chance to sit in a beautiful garden surrounded by architectural artifacts, statues, gargoyles and animals donated and saved (?) from buildings all over the city.  Bring some lunch, a stool and a cap (should we get some sunshine) and spend a few hours capturing the wonders of this magical space.  Come now!  There are developers who are moving in on the space. This might not be here for long, so come and enjoy it while its here.

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DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 (note change from originally published schedule)

TIME: 12:00 NOON (garden opens at noon) 

                       mid-block between Spring and Prince Streets


Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Looking for us? Text/call Raylie at 201-978-6387.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Lincoln Center

June 2, 2018
Co-hosted by Cathy and Lewis Gutterman

Incredible Lincoln Center, one of NYC's cultural centers is a joy to sketch.  Loads of interesting buildings, views and fantastic people watching


When:   Saturday, June 2nd starting at 10 AM.  Running late?  Come anyway - we'll be there.

WhereLincoln Center.  We'll meet at the Fountain at the center of the quadrangle
Alice Tully Hall by Julie Zhou

Lunch: 12:30 PM  Eating al fresco in the gardens by the library at the back of Lincoln Center.  Bring your own or purchase from street vendors and local stores.

Afternoon1:30 PM Back to sketching.

Show and Tell3:00 PM Meet by the library again to find a shady spot where we will share drawings, good stories and talk about art supplies (we're so predictable).

In Case of Rain:
We'll divide our time between the The David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W 62nd St. NYC and the lobby of Alice Tully Hall.  However I'm a optimist and intend to bring a hat to keep the sunshine out of my face.


-     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
or Cathy at 914-625-0766

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Weekday Sketchers for June and July

In an effort to help you organize your calendar to be available for weekday sketching dates, here is the schedule for June and July.

Thursday June 7, 2018            Elizabeth St Garden

Thursday June 14, 2018          Jefferson Market Library and Garden 

Wednesday June 20, 2018       South Street Seaport

Thursday June 28, 2018           Madison Square Park

     Week of July 4th.                 No Meeting   

 Wednesday July 11, 2018       Prospect Park Boat House and Carousel

NOTE:   Due to the  The International Symposium will be taking place in Porto Portugal July 18-21, Raylie Dunkel will not be hosting NYC Urban Sketchers sessions for the last two weeks of July.  Anyone interested in hosting can contact Raylie to organize a session and get help in organizing and posting the information.


Weekday Sketchers Hit Broadway!

Imagine a giant snail crawling up Broadway, or a moose dancing with a tree, or a large mouse atop an acorn squash standing on 79th Street.  Impossible you say?  Not this summer when a whimsical installation by Kathy Ruttenberg has been placed at 6 locations along Broadway.   Here is an article about the exhibition: https://www.westsiderag.com/2018/03/22/a-giant-snail-and-more-public-art-coming-to-broadway-median

All of the sculptures are located on the plaza near subway stops along Broadway. We will meet first at 64th St near Lincoln Center.  After sketching for about an hour we will continue up Broadway to sketch as many as we can within a reasonable time. Some are easy walking distance and some might require hopping on a bus or subway.  Bring a stool, some lunch, a hat and plenty of pages to capture the "Broadway Show", In Drams Awake.

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In Dreams Awake Broadway Mall





Please RSVP directly to Raylie@Verizon.net.  Looking for us? Call/test Raylie at 201-978-6387 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SATURDAY: Sketch Columbia

Sketch event designed and hosted by Betsy Wiesendanger

This Saturday, 
let's sketch a picturesque green enclave 
in the middle of Manhattan: 

Columbia University

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.There is much to sketch here: sculpture (Rodin, anyone?) Italian Renaissance buildings, and stately trees. There's also a wonderful view from a pedestrian walkway over Amsterdam Avenue if you'd like to practice your perspective.

Saturday 10 AM:  We will meet on the steps of Lowe Library, by the statue of Alma Mater a popular gathering spot for students that provides a sweeping view of the central campus. Enter the campus from either Broadway or Amsterdam Avenue at 116th Street.

We'll sketch from 10-12; then meet for lunch outside Uris Hall, where there are lots of tables and chairs (and bathrooms and water fountains). (Bring your own lunch or buy from one of the many delis along Broadway and Amsterdam)

We'll then go back to sketching and meet by the statue again at 3:00 PM.  We'll walk from there to  Mel's Burger at Broadway and 111th for our Show and Tell where we will share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wine - if you're so inclined..

-    There are many benches and perching spots around campus, but a stool will provide maximum flexibility.
-    The weather promises to be picture-perfect, so consider also bringing a hat.
-    I look forward to welcoming you to my alma mater and current employer.  BW

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If you can’t find us
call or text Betsy at 914-208-1399
or Mark at 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekday Sketchers in Hanover Square and More

Let's try this again on Wednesday . Hopefully we won't get rained out this week. 

Hanover Square is a pocket of green in the middle of the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.  Flanked by Pearl and Stone Streets the square has a beautiful brownstone building surrounded by  new skyscrapers,  giving us the opportunity to capture some of the oldest and newest buildings in NYC.    We will start in Hanover Square and then walk down the street to sketch Fraunces Tavern and then down Stone Street to capture the "scene" with the outdoor cafes on the cobblestone Street.  If time allows we can sketch the old building on Old Slip.  

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Francis Tavern

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DATE: Wednesday , MAY 23, 2018


LOCATION:  HANOVER SQUARE, at the intersection of Pearl, Hanover and Stone Streets. 

TRANSPORTATION: N, R, W to Whitehall Street.  Walk north to Pearl, turn right and follow Pearl to Hanover Sq.  OR  2. 3 to Wall Street. Follow Williams Street south to Hanover Square. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net.  Bring a stool and lunch if you like, or purchase lunch along the way.  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.