New York, NY – 2007 marked a turning point in the re-gentrification of the Lower East Side when instant cultural hub, The New Museum, opened its doors. The New Museum innovates with novel exhibitions, readings, performances and other one-of-a-kind programs and events, drawing interest from around the world. Since then, there has been a steady migration of art to the Lower East Side, including many notable galleries. Factor in the increasingly trendy cafes, boutiques and nightclubs, and it’s easy to draw comparisons to such hotspots as Chelsea and Meatpacking. Following are some of the Lower East Side’s most revered cultural landmarks:
Canada (333 Broome) – An art gallery pioneer in the area from way back in 2000. Renowned for its old-school, funky DIY aesthetic.
Eleven Rivington (11 Rivington St) – The feel of 57thstreet art in a decidedly chic Lower East Side storefront.
Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue (12 Eldridge St) – Restored in 2010, this art house within the historic original 1887 synagogue (the area’s first) is as close as you’ll get to Jewish immigrant life that defined the Lower East Side for generations.
New Museum (235 Bowery) – Contemporary art shows and events that draw interest from around the world. The museum’s bookstore features tomes on architecture, design and art criticism.