Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers Schedule


In an effort to help you plan to attend the Weekday Urban Sketchers events, here is a list of meeting dates and places for the next month.

Week of August 28:  NO SCHEDULED MEETING 

September 7, 2017  Thursday.  Jersey City. 
                                     Part I: AM Tour of General Pencil Factory and sketch crawl. NOTE: this will be a limited event. Please watch for instructions on signing up. It will be a first come first served event
                                      Part II: Jersey City Waterfront. Open to all.  Come and capture the incredible views of lower Manhattan from the other side of the river.

September 12, 1017  Tuesday.  Hamilton Grange and City College.  
                                                  The Grange was Alexander Hamilton's summer home. This beautiful Federal Building and the Gothic Towers of City College will be a architectural tour through time.

September 20, 2017  Wednesday.  Morris Jamel Mansion and the Morris Jamel Historic District.  This building played a significant role in the Revolutionary War.  (Yes, Washington slept here!) With a wonderful colonial building and surrounding gardens it forms the center of an historic district which includes Sylvan Terrace, a street of beautiful wooden buildings and the surrounding White Stone houses of Washington Heights. 

September 28, 2017  Thursday. Gowanus Canal.  
                                                   Part I: EARLY AM canoe trip on the canal to capture the canal from the water.  This will be a limited first come first served event hosted by the Gowanus Dredgers
                                                    Part II: meet dockside but the Gowanus Dredger's boat house to continue our sketch crawl of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding district.


Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch the Grotto

Sunday, August 27, 2017

There is a hidden grotto in Central Park

With admiration we are copying the Weekday NYC USk group who sketched an incredible piece of Central Park a few weeks ago.

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 27, 2017

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.

Lunch: Noon - 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 to head over to The Fat Monk, 949 Columbus Ave (between W. 106-107 St) (212) 837-2334. 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 20, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketcher in Riverside Park South Tuesday

Riverside Park South runs along the Hudson River from 57th St to 72nd Street.  A narrow strip of land between the West Side Highway and the river the park offers great views of the Hudson, the GWB and NJ.  In addition the park hosts the Art Students League Models to Monuments project. Join us for a sketch crawl along the length of the park to sketch the views, the monuments and the beautiful park created from a forgotten piece of real estate along the Hudson River.

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TIME: 10:30 AM

LOCATION: We will meet at Pier 1 Cafe on the Riverside Park Pier at the end of 70th Street.  From there we will keep working our way south to 57th Street.    Bring lunch, water, a stool, and a hat.  

TRANSPORTATION: 1train to 66th Street.  Walk 2 1/2  blocks west to the river. There is an entrance to the park at about 68th Street .  Follow the path north to the pier at 70th St. 

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

Call to Sketchers to Draw at a Folk Festival

Urban Sketchers has been invited to participate in the first Folk Festival to be held in Jersey City. 

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On Saturday September 9 2017 Hudson West will present a full day Folk Music Festival in an historic church downtown Jersey City and Urban Sketchers has been invited to sketch the event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your reportage skills while listening to good music in a beautiful historic building.   

A2If you would like to participate you will be given a complimentary ticket (worth $25.00) to the all day event and an opportunity to sell you pictures while on site.  Check out the web site for details about the venue and music:

The management has reserved 10 complimentary passes. If you ware interested in participating you must RSVP directly  to Raylie Dunkel at 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SUNDAY: Sketch Oyster Bay

SUNDAY August 20th: 
Sketch the Picturesque Hamlet 
of Oyster Bay 

A wonderful day planned and coordinated by Suzala

With views of ships moored, estates out on a peninsula across the water as well as the main street of a "New English" village. There is something to draw from every vista.  The main street of Oyster Bay is conveniently located less then a one block from the LIRR Station, and less then one block from the beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor of the Long Island Sound.

Oyster Bay is a charming 1800 fishing village located on the Long Island Sound on the North Shore of Long Island, first mentioned in 1639, then again in 1889 when the  LIRR  arrived. The 26th President Theodore Roosevelt had his office right on the main drag in the Historic landmark, Moore's Building at 1-9 East Main street ( a 2 block walk from the LIRR) in 1901. It is a town with 30 registrations on the Historic Preservation List and they are all accessible in a one mile loop.

Named “Oyster Bay” by the Dutch for its abundance of shellfish, many of the Bay’s European settlers became shell fishermen.  By the mid to late 1800s Oysters had become the main source of protein for New Yorkers, rather than beef.  Oyster carts replaced hotdog carts and the poor fed their families with heaping buckets of shellfish that they gathered from beaches themselves.

While still a prosperous source for oysters, the sound is also home to many large beautiful estates and if you know exactly where to look, you can see Billy Joel's compound directly across the way.

In addition to these Landmark locations, not to be missed is Century Cycles located just behind the gazebo. It is not a store, but the location of Billy Joel's motorcycle collection and is open to the public for viewing for free.

Do NOT leave town with out a visit to the Bonanza Ices Stand. I can personally attest to too much of the food here. One should not leave town without having eaten one of their "Italian" ices.The Chocolate ( made with Ghirardelli chocolate) and the coconut are amazing but so is the pine-colada and the mango. Sadly I have not had a bad one yet! It is a great down and dirty place for lunch as well serving up hot dogs with toppings and amazing steak fries with convenient wooden picnic tables in the rear.  ( I have been going there since I was knee high and have sketched it's charm from the far corner many a time: it truly is a long Island institution.)


Where: Oyster Bay Gazebo on Audrey Avenue.   (Note:  This is one of our rare events outside of NYC's five boroughs.)

When: 10:00am

Lunch: 12:45 Let's break for lunch, we will meet at the gazebo and go from there. The lunch plan:  Grab Grub and Plenty of Gab.

Afternoon:  1:45 - back to sketching this incredible town.

Show and Tell: 3:00pm on East Main street; share your images and your adventures from today and enjoy some Italian snacks, both sweet and savory or just an espresso if you like.

Directions from Penn Station:
There is a train leaving Penn Station at 8:12 am arriving in Oyster Bay ( practically on E Main street) at 9:46.
The following train is at 10:12 am arriving at 11:46.
Suzala will be at the gazebo at 9:45 and then at the corner of Maxwell and Shore Dr at 11:46 to welcome any stragglers.

Return trains to Penn run 4:19, 5:19 6:19 and 8:19 pm

Coming from Long Island, grab your GPS!

1.)  We attached a map (see below) for a assistance in getting around this small town. ***Shore Avenue, Audrey Ave and East Main street are all the SAME street.
2.)  While the map makes everything look big. Suzala says - "Even I can walk the whole joint. Trust me, when I say small town I mean it."
3.)  Bring a stool or a sit-upon, it always gives you greater sketching flexibility.
4.)  The times highlighted in yellow are the correct times.  (Thanks to Margaret Montgomery for pointing out that we originally used the weekday schedule.)

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If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128
or Suzala our native resident at 516 238-0220

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers on Governors Island (Redux) 

Did you miss going to Governors Island on Saturday?  Not to worry.  The Weekday group is going there this Thursday  If you went on Saturday, come again. We will be visiting a different part of the island with different views and activities.  You will get to swing in a hammock and go down NYC's longest slide...all while sketching the views!

We will meet at the Ferry Slip for the 11:00 ferry.  Be prompt as the ferry runs only once an hour during the week, and there is a small fee during the week as well ($1. for Seniors and $2. for "juniors") 

Bring your lunch, a stool, sunscreen and a hat.  You cold also bring a bike if you would like!

For inspiration, artwork by Kamilla Talbot

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TIME:  11:00 AM   (if you come early there is lots to draw near the ferry slip: Seaglass Carousel, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel, the Staten Island Ferry building, etc)

LOCATION:  FERRY SLIP AT BATTERY MARINE BUILDING NEXT TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY   Note: We will leave on the 11:00 Ferry.  If you miss the boat just take the next one at noon.  Boats will return every hour on the half hour. 

TRANSPORTATION:  1 to South Ferry, R or W to Whitehall Street. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at so we will know how many people to expect at the ferry slip.  Catching a later boat and want to find us?  Call Raylie at 201-978-6387.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketch Governors Island

SATURDAY: August 12, 2017

Governors' Island - 800 yards from Lower Manhatta

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world separate from the city with views every sketchers will love.  

The Late 1800's Frozen in Time for you to Sket

It's been said that you can't see NYC from Manhattan.  Governor's Island has absolutely unique views of the city and stunning views of NY Harbor.  It's also a snap-shot of small town American in the late 1800s and lots of fun to sketch.

Our morning Base Camp will be Colonel's Row, a particularly sketchable part of the island, with event's, nature areas, historic homes, rides and food concessions.  We'll meet there, have lunch there.

It’s CIVIL WAR WEEKEND:  Meet Union soldiers in the Soldier’s camp, watch musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and listen to Civil War music performances!

Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration   They will be firing a real 1860s-era cannon and will demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.  (Sounds pretty sketchable to me!)

After lunch we’ll sketch the NY Skyline - a short walk to the edge of the island.  Our spot will be the point closest to the Statue of Liberty.  We will sketch there and have our Show and Tell there.

Where:   Governors Island - Only reachable by Ferry (don't forget to sketch the ferry ride). Visitors disembark at Soissons Landing

Get there early -  lines form.  We're taking the 11 AM Ferry.
Not a morning person?  Hey, come anyway - whenever. Bring the contact phone number so you can find us.

Lunch:  1:00 PM - We'll break for lunch and socializing with some sketching thrown in (of course).  Although the concessions have great food the lines are long. Bringing a picnic lunch might be good.

Afternoon:  1:30 - Back to sketching

Show and Tell:  2:30 - To share drawings, good stories.

The Ferry Back:  We'll leave at 3:30 intending to make the 4:00 Ferry back.  

From Manhattan: Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. (departs every 30 minutes until 5:30)

From Brooklyn: Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. (departs every hour)

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekday Urban Sketchers at Grotto in Central Park

Can you believe that there is a hidden grotto right in Central Park? 

Our destination this week 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 without any mortar) and eventually into the Harlem Meer, offers us a small slice of the Adirondacks with a bit of the urban skyline to capture in our sketches.  Join us for sketching and the search for the "headwaters" of the waterways of Central Park.

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The Loch
DATE: TUESDAY, August 8, 2017

TIME:  10:30 M

LOCATION:  We will meet by The Pool, then work our way down through the Grotto to capture various scene.  

Enter the park on at 103rd Street and Central Park West.  Follow the path to The Pool. Look for us along the paths that lead from The Pool to the Loch.  

TRANSPORTATION:  C or B to 103rd Street. 

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at  Looking for us? Call  or text Raylie at 201 978 6387.  Bring lunch, a stool and plenty of water.  


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SATURDAY: Sketching the Story Tellers

Saturday August 5, 2017

The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is providing a wonderful program for children of all ages, featuring fairy and folk tales from around the world.  Our own Karen De Mauro is the featured storyteller this Saturday.  The event is centered around he Hans Christian Andersen statue "The Ugly Duckling" near 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue in Central Park.

The famous statue is located by the Central Park Model Boat Pond.  It’s such a peaceful spot, filled with families and friends posing all day long in charming vignettes against beautiful backgrounds including the Fifth Avenue skyline peaking over the trees.  What sketcher wouldn't be inspired?


When:  This Saturday, August 5th.  We’ll meet at 10 AM.  The story telling program begins at 11. There are wonderful scenes to sketch - all the time.

Where:  To get there enter the park at Fifth Avenue and 76th Street.  The pond and the statue are at what would be 74th Street so walk south.

How:  Subway - 6 train to 68th Street - Hunter College, or approach from the West side using the B or C train and walk across Central Park.

Lunch:  There are loads of vendors - buy food or bring your own.  We’ll eat around 12:30 dining together out doors.

Afternoon:  More sketching

Show and Tell: 3:30  We’ll walk to Riposo 72 located at 50 W 72nd St, where we’ll share drawings, good stories and a snack, beer or wind if you're so inclined.

NOTE:  Although there are benches, your options are always better if you bring a stool or chair.

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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.