Gutted Fish: This 3-Block Stretch of Grand Street is Becoming the Latest Gallery District

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 at 9:29 am by
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The easternmost section of Chinatown Grand Street, typically bounded by Allen and the Bowery, is threatened. It would appear that real estate carpetbaggers want this area to gentrify as quickly as possible. The pieces are now falling into place, with brokers pitching this as the new gallery district. A westward extension of what already happened on Orchard.

The flood gates were unleashed, and now several showrooms are making the proverbial mark. Just in the three-block corridor spanning Allen to Forsyth, there are easily four galleries in play with fresh store space ripe for the picking.

Over the summer, the long-running open-air markets that operated at 282-286 Grand Street closed up shop. Now, Rice & Associates would like to force-feed three new showrooms onto this block. All of the stores are available immediately, pitched as the “Grand Street Galleries.”

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What the brokers would like to see at 282-286 Grand St.

And it looks like they found a taker from down the block. The Marc Straus Gallery has been using one of the units as a gallery workspace for its artists.

Meanwhile, here’s the broker babble for 282-286 Grand:

Three side-by-side galleries of 1,400 RSF each plus lower levels of 1,000 RSF, 11′ (3.4m) ceilings, with 15′ (4.6m) of frontage, and skylights. Join 20 neighboring galleries on the LES corner with the densest concentration of well-known galleries, all within three blocks.

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And just a couple doors down, Tzippy Wexler of Grand Success Realty is pitching 294 Grand as another such opportunity. Of course, this is the building that previously housed two fabrics purveyors, one of which (M&A Decorators) was able to relocate around the corner to Allen Street.

Also notable is the entrance of James Cohan’s third city showroom at 291 Grand Street. Workers have been renovating the onetime fish market for the last couple months and and just debuted last Friday with an exhibit by Robert Smithson called “Pop.”

Also remember that this sits directly across the way from the former Lok Sing Chinese Restaurant at 290 Grand, which is being converted to commercial and retail use.

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James Cohan Gallery

Oh, and LMAKprojects moved from its former Eldridge Street home to 298 Grand back in September. The relocation also prompted a name change for the gallery to LMAKbooks+design.

Lest we forget the handful of other galleries in and around Forsyth and Eldridge.

You got all that? Still catching your breath?

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