Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekday Sketchers Visit Roosevelt Island

In the middle of the East River is Roosevelt Island, an oasis from the noise and congestion of midtown Manhattan yet only a subway ride from where you are.  Yes, we have been to Four Freedoms Park at the south end, but there is so much more to see....and sketch.

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Queensboro Bridge

The Queensboro Bridge and East River Promenade:  Hopefully we will catch the blossoms on the cherry trees that ring the island, offering us interesting compositions of the pink trees against the bride and skyline.

Blackwell House: A farmstead dating from the 19th century with the 6th oldest building in NYC. which accounted for the previous name of the island. Remember Blackwell's Island?

Chapped of the Good Shepard: A small Victorian gem now in-between a series of apartment houses.

Smallpox Hospital: The ruins of a once infamous hospital.

The Lighthouse: Legend has it that this small lighthouse on the northern tip of the island was built by an inmate of the then nearby insane asylum who was afraid of an invasion by the British. '

We will use the island's free Red Busses to get from site to site.

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Blackwell House

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The Lighthouse

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Smallpox Hospital


TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION:  We will meet on the East River Promenade by the Queensboro Bridge near the Tram Station.  

TRANSPORTATION:  F train to Roosevelt Island.  Exit the station and walk to the East River at the foot of the bridge.  OR take the Roosevelt Island Tram at 59th Street and 2nd Ave. Exit the Tram Station and walk to the East River. 

Bring a stool and some lunch or purchase lunch along the way.  Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel @ Looking for us? Call or text Raylie at 201-979-6387

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