Thursday, May 17, 2018

SUNDAY: Sketch the Mary A. Whalen

The Mary Whalen
This event is hosted by Alan Wernicke

This Sunday we're going to explore the NYC waterway in Red Hook and have a special invitation to come on board and sketch the historic ship - The Mary A. Whalen.  Celebrating it's 80th birthday the ship is the last of her kind, a coastal oil tanker.  The Mary Whalen has been repurposed for public culture and education.  Owned and operated by PortSide NewYork,  NYC Urban Sketcher will have exclusive use of the ship from 10 AM to 1 PM.  In the afternoon they will start their usual tour schedule, so we'll have company.  If the weather is bad we can stay onboard ship sketching warm and dry for the entire time.

There are a number of ways to get there, including a wonderfully scenic ferry ride that leaves from the Wall Street area.  (see below)


WHENSunday, May 20th.  Official start time 10 AM.  Arriving late?  Take (our host) Alan's phone number

WHERE:  Approximately 194 Clinton Warf, Brooklyn, NY 11231.  The ship is actually on the water and doesn't have a real street address.

LUNCH:  12:30 PM - Bring your own to eat onboard or purchase from several stores and restaurants nearby.

AFTERNOON:  1:30 - Continue sketching.

By Water:  (see map below)
The new NYC Ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us in Atlantic Basin. The ferry leaves from Wall Street / Pier 11 at 9:15 and 10:15.  An adult one way ticket is $2.75.  Please note that the times on the schedule are departure times, plan accordingly to ride the ferry. Before you board, be sure to present your ticket to the deckhand and enjoy the ride!
From New York Water Taxi stop at Fairway, Walk up Van Brunt Street to Pioneer Street, take a left, walk to our Pioneer and Conover Street gate.  From IKEA is a longer walk (left on Beard, right on Van Brunt, left on Pioneer) or you can take the B61 bus to the Pioneer Street stop.
By Subway:  (see map below)
Take F/G to Smith & 9th Street stop.  Take a right out of the station to Smith St. Cross Smith and walk one short block to Mill St. Turn right, heading towards Hamilton Avenue (under the BQE). Make the crossing, underneath the highway, and continue straight on Mill St. Walk through NYCHA public housing. Enter Coffey Park at Dwight St. and continue straight across the park to exit at Pioneer Street. Walk down Pioneer Street two blocks to the corner of Pioneer and Conover Street and enter a small pedestrian gate in the chain link fence there. The ship is ahead of you and slightly to your right.

By Subway & Bus:
Take the A train to Jay Street Borough hall. Exit the subway station, walk two blocks south on Jay St, across Fulton, to the bus stop on the left or east side of the street at the Smith St and Livingston Street stop and take the B61 bus heading to Red Hook. Get off at Van Brunt and Verona Streets. Continue south on Van Brunt, take a right on Pioneer and enter the gate in the chain link fence at the corner of Conover Street. 

SHOW AND TELL:   3 PM - If weather permits we'll have an outdoor artshow of our work using the chain link fence.  If indoors is a better idea a  short walktakes us to the Brooklyn Ice House at 318 Van Brunt St (phone - (718) 222-1865)  where we will share drawings, good stories a snack or beer or wine if you're so inclined.

_    Bring a hat bring and an umbrella  (good for the rain or sun)
-     Bring a stool if you have one, it gives you more options. 
-     Be prepared for rain and hope for the sun.

By Ferry - Click to Enlarge

By Subway with Walk:  Click to Enlarge

If you can’t find us
call or text Alan Wernicke at (917) 685-5748 

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

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