Parachute Jump - Coney Island

Let’s face it,  Brooklyn is Manhattan’s younger, hipper sister and everyone knows it.  So what was the best way to spend the first night of summer?   Go to Coney Island with the Husband and your nieces.  Coney Island is back from the devastation of  Hurricane Sandy and did not disappoint.   A Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game, a ride for the nieces on the famous Cyclone roller coaster (The Husband and I stood on the sidewalk and waved) and dinner (hot dogs) at the original Nathan’s.  Add in some fireworks and the lighting of the historic parachute jump with the full perigee super-moon shining over the ocean and you have a perfect evening!

Lucky for me, Joan Tavalott emailed me to see if I was going to the urban sketching meet-up the next day at Green-Wood Cemetery.  Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838.  It was granted National Historic Landmark status in 2006.  Of course I said YES!

I invited the Husband because he has always said that he would like to try drawing and we both had the beautiful sketchbooks that my sister made for us.  She took a photo of the Husbands and a painting of mine, made the covers and used a Japanese technique to bind drawing paper into these very special sketchbooks.

Matts sketchbook

carols sketchbook

So, armed with our handmade sketchbooks, off we went to Green-wood cemetery.   We started sketching the amazing main gate where a number of green parrots now nest.  Green parrots live in NYC?  Yes,  and this is one of their “spots”.  The story goes that a bunch of them got away when a shipment arrived at JFK airport.  They are beautiful but loud.  Joan T. and her friend Susan came along with some other regulars.  Joan got busy with sketching.  I was busy with talking.  But I did manage to get a few sketches in and so did the Husband.  We left early since he is still recovering from his hip replacement.

Here are our sketches.  Can you guess which ones are which?

Carol - main gate sketch

Matts sketch of the clock on the main gateMatts sketch of headstonesCarol - Mr. Burke's monument

And Here we are in Action!   And as an FYI, some notable residents of Green-wood include Leonard Bernstein and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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