Monday, April 22, 2019

Westchester Sketchers at Lasdon Park Thursday

Let's celebrate Spring by sketching at Lasdon Park and Arboretum. 
In this beautiful park, you'll find lots to sketch: flowering trees, spring flowers, orchids (in the glass conservatory), a historic tree walk, and much more.

The park contains woodlands, an open grass meadow, and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from all over the world. It also contains a Chinese Friendship Pavilion as gift from the People's Republic of China to the citizens of Westchester.

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Lasdon Park also features the Westchester County Veterans Museum, with exhibits of photographs, historical documents, artifacts and memorabilia about Westchester County residents who served in the United States armed forces in time of war, from the Revolutionary War to the present. In addition to the museum, there are four memorials to Westchester residents who served in the military.


Where: Lasdon Park and Aboretum, and Veterans Memorial2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35) Katonah, NY 10536 Phone: 914-864-7270

When: Thursday, April 25th. 10:30 AM.
We'll meet in front of the fountain at the park entrance from the upper parking lot.

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Transportation from NYC: Metro-North Harlem Line to Katonah Station.
The 9:22 AM off-peak train from Grand Central arrives in Katonah at 10:28 AM.
Please call Cathy or  Marianne to arrange for pick up and ride to the garden.

Lunch: 1 PM Bring your own food. We'll be picnicking together.
Show & Tell: We'll share stories and sketches during the social part of our day.

Bring a stool if you own one.  It gives you more options.
- Date was changed due forecast for showers on Friday.

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

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

Weekday Sketchers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Friday

Can't get enough cherry blossoms!! 

This week we will visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Friday (free admission before noon), to capture the beautiful cherry blossoms, magnolias, lilacs and tulips that are currently in bloom. 

Sorry for the change in schedule from the one posted, but this is the time for the cherry blossoms, so let's get out there and capture them in our sketchbooks!

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DATE:  FRIDAY, April 26, 2019

STARTING TIME: 10:00 AM. ( for early risers: BBG opens at 8:00 AM)

 At 10:15 we will enter the gardens.   If you come later, just make your way to the cherry blossoms and look for us.  Lunch will be at 12:30 at the Cafe.

                       990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn

NOTE:  We will meet at the entrance on Washington Ave behind the Brooklyn Museum.  The entrance on Eastern Parkway is closed. 


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

Some points to be aware of: 
  •  BBG will be very crowded. Try to accommodate the directions that guards might give you about where you sit or use of a stool. (you might want to bring a cushion to sit on the ground)  
  • You can use watercolors. 
  • There is no food allowed in the gardens. 
  • We will meet for lunch at the cafe at 12:30. 

Friday, April 19, 2019


Our participation in the 
International SketchCrawl 
is cancelled

The weather forecast all are saying heavy rains the night before (tonight) and all Saturday morning.  Even if the rain stops in the afternoon everything will be soaked.

It's a Holiday Weekend.  I hope you enjoy time with family and friends.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

CANCELLED: The International SketchCrawl

A whole day of intense drawing will be happening around the entire world!  The International SketchCrawl is this coming Saturday April 20.  NYC Urban Sketchers will participating in this global event, and you're invited.

Our SketchCrawl Ambassador - Parker Gambino has planned an excellent day for us at a location I bet you've never visited.

Williamsbridge Oval Park is in the Norwood section of the Bronx.  The park will be the site of spring holiday festivities for the community, including an Easter Egg hunt.  The park was originally a reservoir.  There are a couple a couple of historic structures including the second oldest structure in the Bronx  We will be joining the local community recording the sites and activities of the day.

Parker is bringing his scanner so we can upload our sketches and share them immediately on the international site. 


Meet in front of the Recreation Center in Williamsbridge Oval Park at 10 AM. The park is not too large, so it will be easy to keep track of the group.

Scenic historical buildings:
- 1889 Reservoir Keeper's House;
- 1758 Valentine-Varian House, second-oldest house in the Bronx;

Take the D train to the last stop. Exit the 205th St. station from the rear of the train, not from the ramp at the front of the train. You will emerge at the intersection of Bainbridge Avenue & 206th Street. Walk uphill (north) on Bainbridge Avenue for two blocks. The entrance to the park is through a tunnel on the right. We will meet in front of the Recreation Center on the right.

There is no parking lot for Williamsbridge Oval Park. Start looking
for parking on Reservoir Oval, which encircles the park except for a short stretch bordering Bainbridge Avenue.

From Henry Hudson/Saw Mill Parkway:
- Take exit #24 Mosholu Parkway;
- Stay on Mosholu Parkway, which will go under Jerome Avenue
(elevated subway);
- Turn left onto Van Cortlandt Avenue East;
- Van Cortlandt Avenue East will lead directly to the park entrance (a tunnel) at Newman-
Goldman Plaza;
- Start looking for parking on the perimeter street, Reservoir Oval East, directly to the right of the
park entrance.

From Bronx River Parkway:
- Take exit #9 Gun Hill Road;
- Drive west on Gun Hill Road, up a serious hill toward Montefiore hospital;
- At the top of the hill turn left on Bainbridge Avenue;
- Go south several blocks on Bainbridge Avenue;
- At the third intersection, on the left is the tunnel entrance to the park (at Newman-Goldman
Plaza). The street names at this intersection are Reservoir Oval East (to the left) and Van
Cortlandt Avenue (to the right). Start looking for parking on the perimeter street,
Reservoir Oval East, directly to the right of the park entrance.

Lunch:   12:00  Bring your own food. We'll be picnicking together.

Afternoon:  1 PM  Back to sketching the park

Show and Tell:  Will be held in the park at 3 PM.  We'll share stories and sketches during the social part of our day.

Bring a stool if you own 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.

Weekday Sketchers at Roosevelt Island for Cherry Blossoms

The cherry trees win!  Whatever else we had scheduled has been usurped by the cherry trees that have come into full blossom this week.   This year we will travel to Roosevelt Island to capture the NYC skyline and the 59th St Bridge framed in beautiful cherry blossoms.  Afternoon sketching possibilities include the Roosevelt Memorial and the Queens side of the island, also framed by newly planted cherry trees. 

Bring a stool, some lunch and lots of pink paint to capture the softness of the blossoms against the hard edges of the city.

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NOTE:   We will meet in front of the subway entrance on Roosevelt Island. From there we will walk south along the river on the Manhattan side of the island.  If you miss the group just come along the walkway and find us.

TRANSPORTATION:  F train to Roosevelt Island or take the tram to Roosevelt Island, or the NY Waterways East River ferry to the island.  All modes of transport will put you in the same vicinity to the meeting spot.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Great Bridges of Central Park

SATURDAY April 13, 2019

There isn't single thing in Central Park that happened by chance.  Every detail, every view, every vista was carefully thought out by the two original landscape architects - Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. It’s impossible not to see beauty everywhere you turn walking through the park, and many artists before us have taken inspiration there.

Our focus this Saturday will be on the Bridges of Central Park.  The bridges were a solution to one of the design problems.  There were three types of roadways in the Park,  walking paths, carriage paths and bridal paths.  The three roadways twisted around the park and the bridges were designed to keep traffic flowing and to prevent the people, the carriages and the horse riders from intersecting one another.  The park has 40 bridges and each one is completely unique.

 Our sketch day will focus on three bridges located in the southernmost portion of the park and will include an example of the three types  - brick, steel and stone. 


We will meet at the Columbus Circle Entrance at 10:00 AM.  Look for people sketching.  We’ll enter the park at about 10:15.

Parker Gambino 

First stop  Greyshot Arch:
Located in the park at about West 61-62 Streets:  Greyshot Arch, popular with bikers and runners, was built by Vaux in 1860. The arch is made of white-gray gneiss, while its balustrade has been crafted from New Brunswick sandstone and decorated with fleur-de-lis carvings. One of the most frequently used arches in Central Park, this arch is 80 feet long and ten feet high.  From 10:15 to 11:15

 Second Stop - Pinebank Arch: 
Located in the park at about W 62 Street.  Pine Bank Arch is one of five of the original seven cast-iron bridges remaining in Central Park. The 80-foot span carries pedestrians over the bridle path 11 feet below.  Built in 1861 by J.B. and W.W. Cornell Ironworks One of the parks' few remaining cast iron bridges. It was rescued from decline and lovingly restored in the 1980s.  It was a bridge over the bridal path.  A ball field was built in the 1930s and this portion of the bridal path was abandoned making the bridge more of an ornamental structure.  Approximately from 11:15 to 12:15

 LUNCH   We will have a picnic lunch in the area near the Dairy.  Your choices will be to buy food from the park vendors, or lunch at the dairy, leave the park to buy food or pack your own feast  Approximately from 12:15 to 1:30

 Third Stop - Gapstow Bridge:
Located in the park at about E 62 Street.  Maybe the most iconic bridge in Central Park.  It is so beautifully designed and so frequently drawn, painted and photographed that it is almost a visual cliche.  It’s actually the second bridge built on this spot. The original bridge was a mix of wood and stone and supposedly was much more elaborate.  It was replaced with the stone arched bridge in 1896.  There are tremendous skyline views at this location.  Brides come to be photographed there in their wedding dresses and the area is heavily frequented by tourists.  There will be lots to sketch.  Approximately 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM.  We'll find a place nearby to to share drawings, good stories and close out the day.

Note:  Bring a stool if you own one.  It give you more options.

If you can’t find us 
call Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Noguchi Museum, Queens

If you haven't been to the Noguchi Museum,  a small gem of a museum  in Queens, you are missing a great expereince.  Built by Noguchi to house and display his works is a living tribute to his genius.  Join us for a day to sketch his monolithic sculptures and small works indoors and out.  Weather permitting we can work in the enclosed garden.  We will also have an opportunity to view and sketch the soon to close exhibit of his Akari, collapsable paper covered lanterns that comprised a significant body of his work. 

For more information on the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Park, please visit these web sites:

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                       9-01 33RD ROAD AT VERNON BLVD, 
                        LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS NY

 Note: there is an admission charge of $10 or $5. for seniors 
 American Association of Museum memberships are accepted 

TRANSPORTATION:  Please check the Noguchi Museum web site for directions.  For those interested in traveling by ferry, meet at the Wall St/Pier 11 Terminal to take the 9:40 ferry to Astoria arriving at 10:25.  There will be a 1/2 mile walk from the ferry to the museum.  For information about the ferry check the web site:

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

Bring a stool and lunch or purchase a snack in their cafe.  Be prepared to work with dry materials indoors. 

For those who want to stay on in the afternoon, we can walk to Socrates Sculpture Park on the East River. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch the Vessel

Saturday could be the nicest day of the week, I'm delighted to say.  I'm anxious to get another look at The Vessel, NYC"s newest interactive sculpture.  Hudson Yards is calling.  Let's explore this newest part of NYC. 

Hudson Yards is located between West 30th and 34th Streets, between 10th Avenue and 11th.  The easiest way to enter is via West 34th St.  There's an entrance between 10th and 11th Avenues.  Let's meet by the subway entrance.  You can also use this subway to get there -  W 34 St Hudson Yards stop on the #7 subway.

From my first visit a week or two ago when it first opened, there seem to be a mix of very high end shops and restaurants and street vendors.  There are also new buildings, new angles, a view of the Hudson Train Yard (the reverse view from the one seen fro the High Line), the Hudson River and great views looking east at our city.


Where:   The Hudson Yards - enter at West 34 St (bet 10 Ave and 11th Avenues)

When Starting time - 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway, we'll be there.  (If you come late, anyone with a sketchbook is most likely an Urban Sketcher).

Lunch12:00 PM - Noon.  Bring your own or rely and the local vendors.  We'll eat together outside.

Afternoon:   1 PM - Back to sketching the area.

Show and Tell:   3 PM - The social part of our day.  I'll be checking out two nearby places and will decide on Saturday.  Most likely nearby choices are Whitmans Hudson Yard, or Death Ave (yes that's the name of the restaurant and apparently there's a story that goes with the name)  We'll share sketches with each other, tell stories and maybe even have a drink and a bite.

     *  Whitmans Hudson Yards - 331 10th Ave - (212) 837-1416
     *  Death Ave - 315 10th Ave - Phone number (212) 695-8080

-   Bring a stool.  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.

Westchester Sketchers Outdoors at Rye Playland on Sunday

It's officially Spring!  Let's enjoy the warmer weather and do some sketching at Rye Playland. Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, had had a long history as a favorite Westchester recreation area since its opening in 1928.  It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. There'll be plenty of subjects to sketch: a Spanish Revival Bath House, Art Deco Buildings, a sweeping arcade and boardwalk overlooking Playland Beach and Long Island Sound, as well as people, dogs and an Ice Casino. 

Note: Playland was the amusement park featured at the end of the 1988 movie Big starring Tom Hanks. The scenes of his date with Susan and at the end of the film where the "Zoltar the Magnificent" fortune teller machine returns the adult Tom Hanks to his original childhood age/state of being were filmed on Playland's boardwalk.


WHEN:  Sunday, April 7th.

START TIME: 11:00 AM We will meet in front of the Playland Ice Casino. 

WHERE:  Playland Boardwalk and Ice Casino
                   1Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580 https: //

TRANSPORTATION from NYCTake Metro-North’s New Haven Line to the Rye Station. Please contact Marianne or Cathy if you would like a ride from the station.  The Park is approximately a 5-10 minute ride from the station.

SHOW and TELL:   1:30 PM, Location TBA.

The Amusement Park is currently closed, so the parking is free.  
- There are plenty of benches, but bring your stools/chairs for more possibilities.
- Bring your lunch or a snack.  There are limited options nearby.  
SAVE the DATEWeather permitting, our next event will be Arbor Day, Friday April 26, at Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers.

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.

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