Monday, August 1, 2022

WEDNESDAY: Weekday Sketchers in Duane Park and Washington Market Park

177 Duane Street #3E in Tribeca, Manhattan | StreetEasy
Duane Street Park 

Good things come in small packages and this week's event will prove the point.

Great Parks: The Cozy and Cute Duane Park | CityRealty
Duane Street Park

Once a warehouse district with the largest food market in the city, this area we now call Tribeca, still has remnants of times past with vistas of the current redevelopment of the area.  These two parks offer great vantage points to capture the old and new street vistas.  This is a great opportunity to practice your urban sketching with long sight lines of streets lined with old buildings, opening to views of modern skyscrapers.  Or, concentrate on the greenery tucked in between the street views. 

Duane Park was the first piece of land purchased specifically for a park by the city of New York from Trinity Church in 1797 for $5.00!  Read more about the long and interesting history of the park on the plaque in the park.

Washington Market Park was the site of the original open wholesale market that brought fresh fruits and vegetables to the city.  The site now houses the  5 block-long Manhattan Community College, a greensward, a playground, a community garden, a gazebo, a flower garden, and a stand of some of the most unusual trees in the city. 

Tribeca Guide | SpareRoom
Washington Market Park



                        Corner of Hudson and Duane Streets

TRANSPORTATION: 1, 2, 3 Train to Chambers Street

New York - - Washington Market Park | Facebook | By New York  - | Walking in kids friendly Washington Market Park #NewYork
Washington Market Park


  • Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at
  • Looking for us? Call/text Raylie at 201-273-0447
  • We will meet at Duane Park to sketch for a while then walk over to Washington Market Park.
  • Bathrooms and water available at Washington Market Park.
  • No food service in the parks but plenty of vendors nearby.
  • Bring a stool, a hat, and bug spray.

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