Wednesday, September 7, 2022

SUNDAY: Sketch the Old Police Headquarters


SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY.   (Not Saturday our usual date.)  

We’re meeting on Sunday, because so many of our sketchers will be at Maru’s Workshop the day before.  We have a great sketch event planned - ... for Sunday.

We were in Chinatown last weekend.  Canal Street used to be the dividing line between the neighborhoods, with Little Italy to the North and Chinatown to the South.  NOCAN (North of Canal Street, an abbreviation I just made up.) has become a hybrid and a fascinating  very active area.  Between the stores and the people in the streets there is always something going on.

We will start the sketch at the old NYC Police Headquarters.  It is one of the finest Beaux-Arts buildings in all New York.  The city wanted a building that would “impress both the officer and the prisoner with the majesty of the law”.  Yet the Old Police Headquarters remains relatively under-appreciated compared to New York’s other Beaux-Arts buildings, such as the Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library.

Since then, it has been converted into luxury apartments. The exterior and marble-clad entrance hall were preserved, but the rest of the interior was gutted and reworked. It is now home to movie stars, investment bankers and fashion designers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Winona Ryder and Calvin Klein number among the residents.


What:   We will be sketching NOCAN - North of Canal Street 

Where:   We’re meeting at the Old Police Headquarters,  located at 240 Centre St.  (see map).  We will meet at the corner of Broome and Centre Streets.

When:  Meet at 10 AM on Sunday, Sept 11th.   Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there


-   By Subway:  

  • Spring St. - #6 train
  • Canal St. - #6, J or Z train
  • Grand St. - B or D train
  • Bowery St - J or Z

     (see map below).

Lunch12:30 PM .  Bring your own or rely on local vendors.  There are loads of food options in this neighborhood.  There are two parks nearby, the triangle shaped park labeled #1 on the map will be our first choice for lunch and for our Show and Tell.   The park labeled #2 is our backup location.

Afternoon1:30 PM  Back to the sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM - We’ll find a likely spot (probably where we had lunch) to share our work, tell stories and talk about what artists talk about.


-     Bring a hat and be prepared for sunshine  

-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  There are no benches in this area

(click to enlarge)

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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