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2016 Update : 303 Gallery To Go Back To West 21st Street

2016 Update : 303 Gallery To Go Back To West 21st Street

UPDATE to this story January 2, 2016: Lisa Spellman is indeed moving back to West 21st this year as I reported two years ago, and this series of moves on her part was a very smart play. Kudos. It also means that her previous 7,200 SF gallery – with 3,900 SF on the ground floor...
West Chelsea South ~ Gateway To Meatpacking?

West Chelsea South ~ Gateway To Meatpacking?

Walking around West Chelsea is like gazing at the Milky Way: what you see now is really looking at the past, the future is what’s happening now. This is important to keep in mind if you have a longer-term lease because five years into your lease, West Chelsea will likely look much different than when...
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...
Two On The Inside ~ 541 W 21 and 511 W 21

Two On The Inside ~ 541 W 21 and 511 W 21

There are two properties available inside the M1-5 district otherwise known as West Chelsea Gallery District – South that should be gallery buildings but instead are being marketed to a single , most likely, non-art user. 511 W 21st is on the block to be demolished and rebuilt with a glass tower and leased to...
Rezoning

Rezoning

It’s a fairly easy matter to change the zoning in a neighborhood, just look at Hudson Square (see this article). That’s why it is important for galleries to get involved with the process and be active with city agencies, especially in West Chelsea. It starts with Community Board 4 meetings. The next meeting is at...
West Chelsea After 2005 ~ North and South

West Chelsea After 2005 ~ North and South

The two M1-5 districts established in the 2005 “Special West Chelsea District” Zoning Resolution are shown on the map below. You can read the entire text of Article IX, Chapter 8 here.These two areas – West Chelsea Gallery District North and South – are the last stand for galleries, sort of the Alamo for the...
Landmarked Historic West Chelsea

Landmarked Historic West Chelsea

West Chelsea is considered special enough by The City of New York to have been partially landmarked as an official historic district. This means that buildings within the red outlines on the map below cannot be demolished, broken up or altered without approval of plans and permission from The Landmarks Preservation Committee, a process that...