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Will The Lower East Side Surpass West Chelsea as NY's Largest District in 2016?

Will The Lower East Side Surpass West Chelsea as NY’s Largest District in 2016?

I’m frequently asked that question, and the short answer is… not likely, for a bunch of reasons. While the LES is the fastest growing gallery district in Manhattan, it is not the fastest growing gallery district in greater New York City. That title goes to Brooklyn, which became the largest district last year, you can...
East Village/Lower East Side Landmarked Historic District

East Village/Lower East Side Landmarked Historic District

The 2012 designation of the historic district in the East Village/Lower East Side actually doesn’t include much of what we consider the Lower East Side today. The Tenement District south of East Houston may soon be added to the list of protected neighborhoods, but, with 13 hotels planned and 5 already in place, pressure will...
Shin Gallery ~ Smarter Than Schmatta

Shin Gallery ~ Smarter Than Schmatta

The questionable clothing boutique cum quasi gallery that used to be at the NE corner of Orchard and Broome has been supplanted by Shin Gallery, run by Hong Gyu Shin and featuring contemporary Korean and Asian artists. The inaugural show is the sublime work of Hong Seung-Pyo, work best described not as what but as...
Lower East Side Q1 2013 ~ Cul-De-Sac or Promised Land?

Lower East Side Q1 2013 ~ Cul-De-Sac or Promised Land?

The Lower East Side is now the fastest growing gallery district in NYC, with 131 galleries up from 89 in Q1 2012. This news about the LES is good and not-so-good: good, because galleries can find ground floor space for about what they were paying for upper floor space in West Chelsea (from which many...