Sunday, August 25, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Chinese Scholars Garden Wednesday

Can you get to China by Ferry?

Yes, you can!  Join us on Wednesday and travel to China via the Staten Island Ferry. Well, at least to a garden in Snug Harbor that is as close as you can get to the experience of being in China without actually going there.  

Fabricated in Suzhou, China and brought to Staten Island, this oasis is based on Ming Dynasty gardens dating from 1369 - 1644, and features magnificent rocks resembling mountains, Koi ponds, waterfalls, a bamboo forest, a moon gate and eight pavilions.  You will leave feeling that more than one trip is needed to capture the beauty and intricacy of this lovely garden. 

For more information about the garden, click here:

For information about Snug Harbor which offers many other drawing possibilities, click here:

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STARTING TIME: 9:45 at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (See note below for more information)
                   1000 RICHMOND TERRACE, STATEN ISLAND , NY
TRANSPORTATION:  Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor.
We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan at 9:45 to take the 10:00 Ferry to Staten Island.  We will then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor ( a 10 minute ride). If you want to come later, just follow these directions and meet us there. 
NOTE:  The Garden is open from noon to 5 PM. We will be arriving in plenty of time to get tickets and walk through Snug Harbor, have lunch and be at the Garden when it opens.  Entrance to Snug Harbor is free but there is a $5 entrance ($4. for Seniors) to the garden. Food is available at Snug Harbor or bring your own lunch. 
Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6487

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

The same team that designed Central Park - Olmsted and Vaux designed the complex now known as Grand Army Plaza.  It the official entrance to Prospect Park and it connects the park with the surrounding grand streets.  One of those European style grand streets is Eastern Parkway, the nation's first parkway.  It leads directly to Queens.  The other grand street is Flatbush Avenue which is the Broadway of Brooklyn, cutting through nearly the entire borough.

The Fountain in the Center of Grand Army Plaza

Growing up in Brooklyn I knew Grand Army Plaza because it was on the main route to Manhattan.  It was a place you passed through.  It's odd to return and not hurry through the area.  Join me sketching the area - slowly and leisurely. It's a pleasing view an easy subject for inspiration.


WHERE:  Meet by the fountain at the center of Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza (see map below)

Consider sketching the
Library's incredible doors.
WHEN:  Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  No problem, we'll be there.

HOW:  The 2 or the 3 train look like the best bet.  Parking in the neighborhood is challenging, but not impossible.

LUNCH:  12:00  Noon - Bring  your own or buy from vendors and stores in the area.  We'll be dining together al fresco by the fountain.

AFTERNOON:  Back to drawing around 1 PM.

SHOW & TELL 3 PM.  We'll meet outdoors at our lunch spot to share our day's drawings and tell stories.  Maybe we'll even discuss art supplies.


-  Anticipate full sun.  Bring a hat.  Sketching can be like sunbathing - be prepared.
-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many more options.  If you don't own one, there are many models.  Ask your fellow sketcher to try their's so you get an idea of what work's best for you.

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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 18, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Coney Island Wednesday

The Wonder Wheel, Nathan's Hot Dogs, The Parachute Jump, the Boardwalk beach, sand, sea....can only be one place.....Coney Island!

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Join us for a day at the beach or at least near the beach at Coney Island to fill your sketchbook with iconic scenes of Coney Island. We will meet by the Wonder Wheel, have lunch at Nathan's (or bring your own) and sketch on the Boardwalk in the afternoon.  

Bring your stool, a hat and sunscreen and a lot of blue paint!   Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-978-6387.   

PLEASE NOTE:  In case of rain, we will sketch at the Coney Island Museum.



LOCATION:  Coney Island Museum 
                        1208 Surf Ave, Brooklyn NY

We will meet in front of the Coney Island Museum then walk down the block to the Wonder Wheel.  If you are arriving later than 10:30, look for us along West 12th Street.  

TRANSPORTATION: D, F, N Q to Coney Island /Stillwell Avenue. Exit the station and cross the street to the museum.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

3rd Annual Hudson West Folk Festival Sketch Day

Once again the NYC Urban Sketchers has been invited to sketch the day away at the Hudson West Folk Festival. The organizers of the event have provided 10 passes for the day for our sketchers. We will also have a table in the vendor area to display our sketches and raise awareness for NYC Urban Sketchers

Below is the information for the event.  If you would like a pass for the day please contact Raylie Dunkel at  All tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Hudson West Folk Festival

September 14, 2019

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A music festival with a unique approach.  This all day festival presents nine outstanding bands that include Grammy award winners to some of the finest musicians in North America. Check out the performer schedule below.

Come enjoy an eclectic list of performers, beautifully original stage backdrops and artwork throughout the venue - Free music workshops for musicians and just plain ol' music lovers.  Runs all day Saturday from 12:30 pm until 10:00 pm.
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9 Bands, Free Music Workshops, Bar, Food, Shops

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SUNDAY: Sketch the Hidden Grotto

Sunday, August 18, 2019

There is a hidden grotto 
in Central Park

Photo by Bruce Monroe

Our destination is a series of connecting waterways that traverses the north end of Central Park. This lesser known area of the park, known as The Ravine, consists of The Pool, The Glen Span Arch and the Loch going through the Huddleston Arch (made from huge stones without any mortar) and eventually leads into the Harlem Meer.

The Park itself is a work of art and this portion includes a wild but artistically perfect view of nature with a bit of the urban skyline thrown in.


DATE:  SUNDAY, August 18, 2019

TIME:  Start time - 10:00 AM

LOCATION:  We will meet at the entrance to the park at West 103rd Street and Central Park West.  From there we will go to the The Pool, then work our way down through the Grotto to capture various scenes.  If you come late enter the park and follow the water - you'll find us.  Or feel free to call or text (see number below)

-   Subway:  C or B to 103rd Street.
-   Or come by car there is no alternate side of the street parking on Sunday.

LunchNoon - 12 PM. Dining al fresco. Bring lunch or depend on park vendors.  We’ll be eating together by the pond.

Afternoon:  1:15 PM  Back to sketching.  We'll explore spots along the waterway.

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

Bring a stool - always a good idea, 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.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Weekday Sketchers at Battery Park/Brookfield Place Tuesday

The weather is looking iffy for Tuesday so we will be at a venue that will accommodate both indoor and outdoor sketching.....Battery Park and Brookfield Place.

Outdoors:  Lots to sketch in Battery Park,  The Irish Hunger Memorial looks like the heath in Ireland complete with a little stone house.  The Gardens offer beautiful water features with ducks taking advantage of safe waters. The river front offers beautiful views with ferry boats and sailed ships going by. And, plenty of playgrounds with active children running around.

Indoors:  If the weather turns bad we can go into the Winter Garden with a colorful temporary exhibit that will look good in any sketch book.  Tepkik by Jordan Bennett is a First Nations inspired site specific installation introducing viewers to new cultures and stories. 

Lots of places to eat, bathrooms nearby......what more can we ask for?

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Tepkik at The Winter Garden 

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Duk Pond



LOCATION:  We will meet at the Duck Pond at the foot of Murray St just below the Irish Hunger Museum.

TRANSPORTATION:  Any train going to the World Trade Center.  Exit the station and walk towards the river. 

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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 DUMBO 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.  Dumbo quickly became Brooklyn's most expensive neighborhood, as well as New York City's fourth-richest community overall.

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.

This spot has become a cultural meme with hundreds of visitors, many film crews snapping the iconic views.  We will likely see at least one commercial being filmed and we're likely to find at least one bridal party.

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

Special Treat:
Take the ferry at Wall Street / Pier 11 which cuts across the East River and deposits you in DUMBO eight minutes later.  Weekend ferries leave every 35 minutes.

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.  We'll meet near our lunch spot by the carousel where we'll share drawing and tell stories about our art exploits, and who knows, maybe we'll even discuss art materials. 

_     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.