With 243 galleries thriving in this almost ancient district, as NY gallery districts go at least, the Upper East Side is down today only 4% from it’s peak of 252 galleries in 1982, and is generating new interest, with West Chelsea galleries like Sundarem Tagore and Marc Jancou either relocating or opening satellite galleries there. Though the Met opened the area up to galleries in 1880, since 1900 with the opening of the Julian Haas Gallery the UES has been on a steady growth trajectory, stable and refined, with only a couple of tough times – like the Great Depression and the Recession of 2008 – giving her a few minor wrinkles.


On the UES, small emerging-market contemporary art galleries can excel alongside the many older galleries specializing in the Old Masters to Modern Art to antiquities if they can afford the rents, highest among the gallery districts, which many do by working the Secondary Market. The quality of pedestrian traffic is excellent, the residence established and well-off and its a pleasant area for collectors and buyers to visit. Opportunities abound.


Here’s where the galleries are now:


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