Fat Free Art Gallery on Allen Street Closing, Grey Lady Eyes Takeover
The Fat Free Art Gallery is on a forced diet, and won’t be around much longer.
The street art gallery newcomer – it opened on Allen Street in November 2016 – is closing in just a few weeks. We hear that exhibitions are set to conclude at the end of May thanks in large part to the high rents.
The fresh vacancy will allow six-year-old oyster club, Grey Lady, to expand its overall footprint. To that end, principals behind the venture will appear before Community Board 3 later this evening for consideration to alter its liquor license.
Grey Lady co-owner Ryan Chadwick tells us that the added real estate will be used as a yoga studio during the day, and extra seating for night hours (apparently dinner business is up). Yogi Eli Walker is on board conducting classes with and without wine.
“We’ve been working with [Eli Walker] and offering yoga classes in the back room and she has been selling out the classes,” Chadwick told us. “We thought we could use the space as a yoga studio in the daytime and the space for extra seating at night. It would be a benefit to have the place open and active versus the lights off, like many other retail spots in the neighborhood.”
There is also a specialized tasting menu in concert with the Tenement Museum with dishes “inspired by different heritages of the tenement residents from years past.”
As for the Fat Free art on the walls, Chadwick tells us that it’ll remain, and that they’ll “work with local artists” to create a revolving door of creativity.
Fat Free Art debuted at 102 Allen Street in November 2016 with an exterior “street sign” mural painted by the legendary Tats Cru. It took over from the Center Space Gallery.