Wednesday, October 2, 2019

SATURDAY: Sketch Domino Park

Domino Park is a 5-acre public park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. It spans a quarter mile along the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge, at the site of the landmarked former Domino Sugar Refinery.

Built on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, the park was designed by James Corner Field Operations, known for its work on the High Line and Cornell Tech.  The waterfront park is—like many urban open spaces these days—purpose-built for a variety of uses, all while nodding to the site’s industrial past.  (Translation:  Lots of stuff to draw, people, things and great views!)

There are elements that bring in the site’s past—notably along Artifact Walk, an elevated catwalk that stretches over five blocks. Several cranes that previously occupied the site remain, and have been painted in the park’s signature turquoise; other repurposed remnants include columns from the refinery building, and enormous tanks that were used during the refining process. (Another notable feature of the Artifact Walk: its impressive views of the Manhattan skyline.)

Elsewhere, bits and pieces of refinery equipment have been salvaged and dot the landscape, including more tanks and old screw conveyers

Maybe the most fun will be getting there.  The best way is via ferry. 
(see directions and maps below - there are several alternative routes)


WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 starting at approximately 10 AM (using the 9:45 ferry)  Sleeping late.  Common out anyway.  We'll be there sketching!

WHERE:  Domino Park in Williamsburg  (see maps below).  I'll wait at the spot that looks like the most obvious meeting place.  If you come late - anyone you see sketching will be with Urban Sketchers.

By Ferry:
Leaves Wall Street / Pier 11 (Gouverneur Lane at South Street, F.D.R. Drive) at 9:45, 10:20, 10:41, 11:02, 11:23, 11:44.  The ferry ride costs $2.75.  You can not use your MetroCard and need to purchase a ticket.  Using the NYC Ferry’s East River route our stop is South Williamsburg (440 Kent Ave) stop.  The park is an eight minute walk, part of which is by the water.  (see maps)

By Subway:
M, J, Z to Marcy Avenue
L to Bedford Avenue
   See maps for potential walking path to the park

By Bus:
B32, Q59 to Kent Avenue and South 1st Street.
B62 to Bedford Avenue and South 4th Street.
B24, B39, B44, B46, B60, Q54, Q59 to Washington Plaza.

By Car:
Parking is available at 325 Kent Avenue. Entrances are on South 3rd or South 4th Streets between Kent Avenue and Wythe Avenue.

LUNCH12:00  Noon - Bring your own or use the Taco stand restaurant in the park.  We'll find a spot to eat together.

AFTERNOON:  1 PM - Back to sketching!

SHOW and TELL:  3 PM.  The social part of our day.  We'll meet outdoors - probably at our lunch spot to share our day's drawings and tell stories.


Walk from ferry to Domino
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Walk from subway to Domion
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Walk from subway to ferry
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-  Anticipate full sun.  Bring a hat.  Sketching can be like sunbathing.  Be prepared.
-  We are looking at a Fall Day with a high of 61 degrees, and we'll be near the water.  Dress for some warmth
-  Bring a stool if you own one. It gives you so many 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.

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