‘Launch F18’ Gallery Takes Flight at 94 Allen Street

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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Those who thought the so-called “museum block” of Orchard Street would obtain another liquor license can rest easy. It’s not happening anymore.

You’ll recall that last year, the duo behind Contra (Jeremiah Stone, Fabian von Hauske) had scored approval from Community Board 3 to open a new “creative American” restaurant at 94 Allen Street. The through-block space would operate, we were lead to believe, as a more “accessible” alternative to its spot north of Delancey. So we thought; those plans apparently petered out sometime in the intervening period.

Roughly six months of gut renovations at 94 Allen (aka 95 Orchard) wrapped last week, but nary was a bar in sight. Nor a kitchen. Nope. It’s a gallery now. Indeed, the five-year-old Launch F18 recently bid farewell to its Tribeca stomping grounds, settling on the Lower East Side for the proverbial next chapter.

The enormous footprint allows Launch F18 to split the space into various components – ground floor gallery, lower level showroom, and a smaller “project space” on the 95 Orchard Street entrance. It opens to the public on Wednesday with an exhibit by photographer Matt Ducklo called “Tomorrow is a Long Time.”

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More from their website:

94 Allen Street features a ground floor, storefront gallery and a lower level secondary exhibition space. The new space allows Launch F18 to present large-scale solo exhibitions, two person shows on designated floors, and group exhibitions. Our new location also has a small project space viewable at 95 Orchard Street where we will be exhibiting a wide array of rotating artists.

[We] welcomed David Deutsch to the gallery as Partner/Co-owner.

Launch F18 was founded in 2010 by Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli, and previously headquartered at 373 Broadway.

Swan Tile and Cabinet was the previous tenant at 94 Allen Street. It closed down almost three years ago.

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