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.