Rox and Van Der Plas Galleries Arrive on the Lower East Side

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 at 6:28 am by
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Two additional art rooms recently joined the Lower East Side landscape.

Let’s first talk about 156 Orchard Street. Six short months after Adrienne’s vacated the premises and consolidated its bridal business, the store is revived. The short-lived window paper was deposed a couple weeks ago, announcing the arrival of the Van Der Plas Gallery. Established by Austrian artist Aadrian Van Der Plas in 1992, the business focuses on contemporary art. Her previous location was actually at Pier 17 in the Seaport; now a refugee in the Lower East Side.

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And then there’s Rox just around the corner on Delancey. This showroom, of course, is housed in the stout two-story building that once hosted Jimmy Jazz. For a brief stint there, a budget threads shop called Concourse reigned, but immediately foundered after news about Moscot’s pending move across the street. By Valentine’s Day of this year, Rox kicked off its tenure with an exhibit called “Heart Breakers,” plastering the windows with paper hearts.

Any retail here at 86 Delancey seems futile in the long run, though, as luxury living is currently slated for the valuable corner parcel.

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