Happy St. Patrick’s Day from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I always remember my grandmother at this time of year. St. Patrick’s Day was over our spring break, and we’d visit her house in the Colorado foothills. We’d spend the days playing in the forest with cousins, watching college basketball and cautiously eating soda bread, potatoes, corned beef and cabbage. I liked reading the old Irish toast that was posted behind the bar in the basement of her house:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May you be in heaven half an hour
Before the Devil knows you’re dead.
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Over the years, the oldest neighborhood in Kansas City has been called Westport Landing, City Market and the River Quay. Today it’s known as the River Market, and pieces of the Old City Market still remain.
It was the first district in the “Town of Kansas,” later renamed “City of Kansas,” and today, known simply as Kansas City. What to make of Kansas City being in the state of Missouri? The town was named not after the state, but after the Kansas River. #DrawKC #KCMO #urbansketchers #archi_ologie #KC #inkdrawing #sumi #rivermarket #citymarket #KansasCity
This evening, all will be made right in Prospect Heights. Sad American Night is playing a free show at The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue. @ryanmartinsongs kicks things off at 8PM with a solo set. We follow with our own brand of reverb-tinged nostalgic rock at 9PM. We hope to see you there. #SadAmericanNight #waystation #brooklynbands #tonighttonight #prospectheights #barband #rocknroll #drawNYC #gigposter
This Saturday night at 9PM, Sad American Night resurfaces at the Brooklyn watering hole The Way Station for a free rock show. @ryanmartinsongs kicks off the night with a solo set of timeless melodies.
I stopped by the bar last weekend and the curtains were drawn back. The drum set was empty on the stage, as if waiting for someone, maybe Andy Beggs, to slap the skins with a wire brush.
There was a worn spot on the stage where a bassist of a certain stature, maybe Tim McAndrew, could plant their feet for a perfect power stance.
The microphone gave off that faint aroma of beer, in the way that Billy Joel and I could find comfort in. The sun was setting and everything seemed to be perfectly in place for a show. The only thing missing was you.
We hope you can join us this Saturday. Our Sad American Night would be complete. #DrawNYC #Brooklyn #brooklynbands #sadamericanight #urbansketchers #urbansketchersnyc
Some time ago at the Mulvane Saddle Club. #DrawKS #Mulvane #Kansas
I was walking up the Brooklyn Greenway when I saw a flurry of motion in the corner of my eye. I looked down the dead end of Division Avenue to Wallabout Channel and saw dozens of seagulls circling, scolding a pair of geese on the water below. The gulls finally calmed down and went back to gliding around the creek. A few perched on the railing next to me. The geese continued to navigate a mess of tires and buoys in the dirty water below.
Most of the skyline was obscured by clouds so I turned away and drew the inlet, fascinated by a structure elevated on steel girders, floating on the water. I found out later that this was an abandoned rail transfer bridge. Before the highways overtook America, all goods were shipped across the country by rail. Until 1910 there were no rail lines connecting Long Island to the rest of New York. All the rail lines on Long Island converged on the Navy Yard, and this floating structure was used to lift boxcars onto barges and send them to rail terminals on the mainland.
Beyond the bridge I saw a Navy Yard tower with three unfinished floors, and the high rises of downtown Brooklyn visible over the brick walls. Patch up the roof and I’d live there on the bridge, right on the water, the city in perfect view from my lofted room.
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I thought I had finished drawing in Greenpoint last week, so I hopped on a bike to ride home. I turned left onto Milton Street, and at the end was the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, brick facade and stone spire catching the last rays of the February sun. I rode two more blocks down busy Manhattan Avenue, but the image of the church perfectly framed at the end of the tree-lined street was too much to pass up. I docked the bike, turned around and sprinted back to draw it before the sun set. The Gothic Revival cathedral (a relative rarity in Brooklyn) was built in 1875 and designed by Brooklyn architect Patrick Keely. The St. Anthony parish has served the neighborhood for 160 years. The church matches another one of Keely’s designs in South Boston, although that church (St. Augustine’s) lost its spire and was recently turned into condos.
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Mechanics and Traders Bank of Brooklyn. Designed by Alonzo B. Jones and built in 1895. It’s at the corner of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Avenue, and it looks best when the sun is setting on a Sunday afternoon. #drawNYC #urbansketchers #sketchwalker #greenpoint #nyclandmarks