Man decides to draw every eatery in New York City

(WTNH) — People are compelled to do all kinds of things in their lives. On tonight’s “Nyberg,” an artist and writer who has decided to draw all the eateries in New York City.

John Donohue of Brooklyn, New York, a former editor at the New Yorker, launched his project called “All The Restaurants in New York” this spring and he’s off and running.

It takes him just 20 minutes to complete one of the city’s culinary spots.

“This process brings me a lot of joy. I draw pictures of restaurants. People like them and it brings them joy so it’s sort of a concentric circle of evolving joy,” he said.

“How long will it really take you to do all of the restaurants in New York City,” asked Ann Nyberg.

“Well that title is a little bit of a hyperbolic lark, but I do like having a subject that I can’t exhaust and so I can draw forever and that people are interested in. The more interested they are in the project, the more likely I am to continue it because they buy the prints. It supports the effort,” he replied.

“We’re in a moment in popular culture where food, a few years ago someone wrote in the Times, food is the new rock and roll. It’s food that are the things that people are interested in talking about and I’ve always been interested in eating and cooking. I cook for my family and I did the book on domestic cooking. Now I thought I’d move from the domestic sphere to sort of a more public sphere,” he said.

So this of course begs the question, who might do this in Connecticut?

Proceeds from the sales of Donohue’s ink drawings will go to hunger relief charities.

You can learn more about the project at

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s