Open Studio | October 14, 2017

October 10, 2017

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is usually off-limits to the public, but for one day this weekend, more than 40 artists, designers and workshops are opening their doors as part of Open House New York, including me. 

You’re welcome to visit my Brooklyn Navy Yard studio on Saturday, October 14 from 12 to 5 pm to see current gouache paintings in progress, photo prints from the “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” daily-drawing series, and finished pieces from my archive. Open House New York is free and no advanced registration is required. 

The Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 is the entry point for the event, which includes many other participants. BLDG 92 is located at the intersection of Carlton and Flushing Avenues at 63 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. I’m in Building 280 on the sixth floor, just a short walk to the west from the starting point. A shuttle bus will be running throughout the day between locations.

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Off the Grid: “A Sketchy Greenwich Village”

April 26, 2017

An interview in the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s blog, Off the Grid, on 1/2/2017.

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Nicks Lunchbox Service featured on Twitter Moments

June 24, 2016

Nick’s Lunchbox Service daily drawing project featured on Twitter Moments on May 20, 2016.

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Jane Jacobs turns 100!

May 4, 2016

Jane Jacobs turns 100 today! Her ideas about the strength of neighborhoods are relevant to my work today. Now over 850 consecutive daily drawings into my Nick’s Lunchbox Service project, many of those are in historic Greenwich Village, part of what Jacobs fought to save. Thank you Jane!

Also, thank you to everyone on Twitter appreciating the drawing of her building on Hudson Street that was exhibited in my Literary Greenwich Village show earlier this year at the NYPL’s Hudson Park Library, within the neighborhood.

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Inwood Drawings — Exhibition Reception June 26

April 24, 2016

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“Inwood Drawings” by Nick Golebiewski
cornerstone STUDIOS L-Gallery
178 Bennett Ave, Fl 3rd, New York, New York 10040

Artist’s open house on Sunday, June 26, from 1pm to 6pm.
RSVP appreciated but not required.

On view June 18 – July 16 by appointment

“Inwood Drawings” features photographed ink drawings of historic sites and public parks in and around Inwood. In his distinctive style of pen-and-ink sketches situated precisely within a photograph’s frame, Golebiewski’s exhibition captures architectural moments in the neighborhood to be exhibited in the neighborhood.

The work in this exhibition is part of his “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” daily drawing project, initiated in 2014 and now with over 800 consecutive daily sketches. Drawings are posted online daily on Instagram.

“Inwood Drawings,” presented as part of NoMAA’s 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll, runs from June 18 through July 16, and is open by appointment. Please email for an appointment.

Little Red Lighthouse

Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum

Seaman-Drake Arch

West 215th Street Stairs

William H. Hurst House

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Instagram takeover at the Museum at Eldridge Street – March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016

On March 10, 2016 I took over the Instagram feed at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Here’s a record of the day. Also, take a look at the #NicksLunchboxatEldridge hashtag on Instagram.


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Exhibition: Literary Greenwich Village

January 15, 2016

8.27.15 - Drawing: 18 West 10th Street was home to writer Emma Lazarus. A line from her poem, “The New Colossus,”  is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

8.27.15 – Drawing: 18 West 10th Street was home to writer Emma Lazarus. A line from her poem, “The New Colossus,” is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Nick Golebiewski
Literary Greenwich Village
February 1-29, 2016
Hudson Park Library Gallery
66 Leroy Street, New York, NY 10014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 2, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 18, 6-7pm

Literary Greenwich Village, an exhibition by artist Nick Golebiewski, features photographed ink drawings of historic literary sites in Greenwich Village. In his distinctive style of pen-and-ink sketch situated precisely within a photograph’s frame, Golebiewski’s exhibition captures authors’ and poets’ buildings and apartments, all within walking distance of the Hudson Park Library branch of the New York Public Library. More than a dozen pieces are included, picturing sites of note related to such writers as Mark Twain, William Burroughs, E. E. Cummings, Jane Jacobs, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Baldwin, Emma Lazarus, and Marianne Moore. Literary Greenwich Village distills the literary history within the Hudson Park Library community, reviving memories of a literary lineage tied together by a shared neighborhood over the decades.

The drawings in Literary Greenwich Village are selections from Golebiewski’s project “Nick’s Lunchbox Service.” Comprised of drawings created, photographed and exhibited online daily, “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” entered its third year in 2016. Golebiewski creates a sketch once per day and photographs the sketchbook in front of the subject matter, be it a building or city-scene, as if it were a filter dropped in front of the actual object.

Literary Greenwich Village is on view at the Hudson Park Library of the New York Public Library at 66 Leroy Street, where the exhibition runs February 1-29, 2016.

Library Hours: M 11am-6pm, T 12-7pm, W 11am-6pm, Th 12-7pm, F 10am-5pm, S 10am-5pm, Su Closed

Bio: Nick Golebiewski (1980) is a New York artist specializing in painting and pen-and-ink. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he received his BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and studied painting restoration in Florence, Italy. Based in New York since 2003, he has exhibited works of painting, drawing, Super 8 film, and shadow puppet performance. Golebiewski has screened at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), performed at Richard Foreman’s Ontological ­Hysteric Theater (NYC) and exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia). He currently lives and works in the West Village.



Take a self-guided walking tour of the authors included in Literary Greenwich Village – PDF – Nick Golebiewski – Literary Greenwich Village – Map and Info Sheet

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On the High Line Blog

July 1, 2015

My drawing-a-day project, Nick’s Lunchbox Service, is on the High Line’s Blog: “Photo(s) of the Week: Drawing Inspiration from the High Line”. For a week, I made drawings on the High Line, an elevated out-of-use railroad trestle turned public park on the west side of Manhattan. Read the article.

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500 Drawings!

May 15, 2015

  Today, May 15, 2015, marks the 500th consecutive drawing in my drawing-a-day project, “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” — a milestone. I’ve served up one drawing each and every day, wherever I happened to be be, since January 1, 2014, without missing a single one.

I sketch something I pass and then take a photograph of the sketchbook in front of the subject, as if it were a filter in front of the actual object. Check out the archive page on Tumblr to see them all. Most are in NYC, but the settings also include Buffalo, Columbus, Toronto, Turkey and a mountain top or two.

This sketchbook project lives on the Internet but it occurs in real life. It weaves in descriptions of what’s depicted, architectural history, and a diary of my life, which become much more amazing, complex and rewarding with the birth of my daughter in December.

One day I’d love to make a book out of the Lunchbox drawing project. To help make that happen, please amplify the project by sharing on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter whenever you notice an installment you particularly like. Thanks to all who already do.

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Chasing the Light, One Drawing a Day in 2014

January 7, 2015


Did you know that in 2014 I made a drawing each and every day? Check out my Nick’s Lunchbox Service project, and often as it continues into 2015.

The drawings are all made onsite, generally outdoors, photographed on site to blend in with the surroundings, and mostly focused on NYC streets and architecture, but occurred wherever I happened to be–with whatever time frame. Manhattan and Brooklyn are represented most frequently , but the project follows my travels to Buffalo and Columbus, and even to Toronto and to Turkey.

Some days I would have one minute to make a sketch and others more time up to twenty minutes (and good weather, icy weather means a quicker sketch).

In addition to the drawings, text went with it. Sometimes researched, sometimes a momentary impression.

In the feedback I received, there were two main threads of a similar theme. One taking inspiration from the fact that “it doesn’t have to be perfect”. The other appreciating that a drawing is made every day I matter if I’m “too busy”. One post received over 20,000 notes in Tumblr, go figure.

In 2015 I’m moving the “home” of the project from Tumblr to Instagram. I’m announcing you can commission a “lunchbox” drawing and photograph. Also, I’d love to make a book of this project — stay tuned.

And if you were following along all year, thank you!


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