Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Roosevelt Island

On Saturday the NYC Urban Sketchers went to Roosevelt Island which is a narrow island in New York City's East River. It is accessible from Manhattan by a tram. I got there before the other sketchers so I used that opportunity to go up near the boarding landing and sketch the tram from above ground. It was a quick sketch.

Once we got to the island we walked towards the Roosevelt Memorial. On the way we passed interesting ruins from some of the buildings that had been on the island when this was used mostly for hospital buildings. This particular one was the smallpox hospital. It is in ruins and they have a lot of scaffolding around it. Money is being raised to restore the building.

While I was sketching the above sketch I sat in the Franklin D.Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The steps lead up to a great view of Manhattan.

Lunch was followed by a very long hike to the northern end of the island where there is a lighthouse. All of us sketched can see a few sketchers in mine. We opted to take the free bus back to the tram station.

It was a full day of sketching.

"Floral Fantasy" has been updated for today.


  1. Nice sketches! That area between the UN building and the Chrysler building is where I used to work, many, many years ago.

  2. I love the composition in your first sketch, they are all wonderful though! It is fun to see the city through your sketches,I have never visited this area of NY.

  3. You just truly amaze me Joan. I know I've said it before, but it stands...Love seeing the island sites and that smallpox asylum looks like it will be beautiful when they finish it...great bones!

  4. Dear Joan- these sketches are so good. The ruins of the smallpox hospital really has a haunted feeling. Also caught up on your last posts. Your Short Beach painting is gorgeous. So amazing to see nest of such awesome birds. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs

  5. Mickey, you should come in and sketch the view. Thanks.

    Celia, thanks. I really enjoy sketching in the city.

    Sherry, thanks so much. I should make a nice building when they are done.

    Debbie, thank you! It has been fun to get out a bit, although today feels like winter again. lol Have a great weekend.