Saturday, July 7, 2018

AIA '18 - NYC

In New York for the National AIA Convention in June.  Revisiting some previously sketched sites.

Main Concourse at Grand Central

I met up with the NYC chapter of Urban Sketchers at Pier 17 and the South Street Seaport.  Initially had trouble finding anyone, but when I sat down to this view of the Brooklyn Bridge, I was joined by a half dozen other sketchers.  The funky cantilevered chairs shown here were well used during the lunch hour.  A great group on a beautiful day.

Below, Washington Square Park with Stanford White's triumphal arch.  Plane trees and ancient elms cool this public space on the hottest days of summer.

The first stop with a sketching tour led by Clemson University's Lynn Craig was the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Ave looking toward Jean Nouvel's swooping Tower Verre, now the MoMA Expansion Tower.

We made our way to Central Park.  I've always enjoyed the relics of old advertising schemes still in use, such as the Essex House Hotel's lofty letters along Central Park South.  The super skyscrapers are popping up like weeds around these old buildings, casting shadows well beyond the park.

The name of this diner was Eat Here Now, so I did.

I was notified of my flight cancellation while making this sketch at Grand Army Plaza.  I can't look at Sherman's tribute without thinking of the anonymous Southern wag who, upon its unveiling said, "Well ain't that just like a Yankee, letting the woman walk!" 

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