|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
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).
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,
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.