ABOUT NY GALLERY DISTRICTS

As of 2011, 786 New York galleries are grouped into eight gallery districts, listed to the left. The following briefly describes each. To understand the morphology of these districts, from the first to the most recent, please see the section “History of NY’s Gallery Districts”.

In contrast to the Upper and Lower East Sides, West Chelsea is a small 12-block corridor between just two Avenues, densely packed with 254 galleries (down from it’s peak of 361 in 2008), known for it’s low rents and large spaces. Unique in the history of NY’s Gallery Districts, the density of galleries in such close proximity to others both large and small is Chelsea’s appealing strength, and ironically, one […]

The mammoth 120 block area between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue, from East 60th Street north to East 90th, with Madison Avenue as the spine, has been nuturing successful galleries since Haas Galleries opened in 1906, around the timethe core of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was being completed (a process that is on-going). Most of them cater to international dealers, collectors, large museums and local wealthy arts-oriented clientele. This is […]

While SoHo may not be the nearly 300 gallery creative powerhouse in was in the 1970s and 1980s, the 86 galleries there now are alive and well. They merely moved from the retail-ridden northern half into the area south of Broome, and east into the office buildings along Broadway, where rents are slightly cheaper. The traffic is good though the percentage focused on art may not be as viable as […]

The area straddling 57th Street and immediately south of Central Park, defined on the north by East 60th Street, on the south by 53rd Street, and between Third Avenue and Broadway, is distinguished from the Upper East Side mainly by the multi-tenanted Class-A office buildings that house the 89 galleries found there today. Nine primary buildings have hosted galleries since 1912, when the Milch Galleries first arrived. The programs at […]

Tucked between Chinatown, NoLiTa, The East Village and the East River, this traditional immigrant neighborhood is home to 86 galleries as of May 2011, up from 71 at the end of December 2010, making it the fastest growing art community in the city. Despite it’s edgy reputation, considerable gentrification has occurred in the last five years and rents are somewhat unstable. Still, the galleries here provide walls and space to many early- […]

The East River is more a psychological barrier than a real one, but remains a barrier of perception all the same. Several subways and ferries conveniently link Brooklyn and Western Queens to various hubs in Manhattan, many more than exist in West Chelsea (exactly one, the M23 crosstown bus), yet these areas still occupy the fringe of the NY Art World, perhaps unfairly. Galleries have been in Brooklyn since the […]

Among the gallery districts in New York now, none holds more promise than this area Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. With plentiful, comparatively inexpensive warehouse space (similar to Chelsea in the late 80s but on a smaller scale), plus ground floor retail, D.U.M.B.O. has room to grow. An ownership base who is very receptive to the arts and creatively enthusiastic about supporting them, numerous arts organizations and an established […]

TriBeCa (blue) didn’t exist as such before the 1990s, but it was a lively art district during the middle to late 20th-Century, and still is. Many of the well-known SoHo galleries of the 1970s came up in this triangle below Canal Street: the Park Place Group, Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, Clocktower and others. Some, like Clocktower and the Soho Photo Gallery are still around. Recent residential development and conversion of old […]