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Lower East Side Celebrates Fashion Week & Fall Art Season Tomorrow Night

Orchard Street between Broome and Grand streets.

As we reported last month, the Lower East Side BID is partnering with many of the neighborhood’s boutiques and art galleries to celebrate the fall season tomorrow night.  “Lower East Side Opening Night: Art & Fashion” will be a kind-of pre-party for Fall Fashion Week.   New gallery exhibitions will have their openings.  Some boutiques will be hosting live music and entertainment events and be offering special discounts.   The galleries and shops will stay open until at least 9 p.m. and Darkhorse Wines is sponsoring. Have a look at the full lineup (and the discounts being offered) after the jump.

Today and Tomorrow: Iranian Artists ICY & SOT at Openhouse Gallery

ICY & SOT’s “Made in Iran” at the Openhouse Gallery. Photos by Tim Schreier.

Last night Iranian street artists ICY & SOT debuted their new show at Openhouse’s Broome Street gallery space.  If you want to check it out, you’ll have to act fast!  The exhibition closes after tomorrow before moving on to other international venues. Stencil artists ICY & SOT get at themes such as “love and hate, war and peace, and hope and despair” in their pieces.  Take a look at Tim Schreir’s from the opening and, if you’re interested, there’s an interview with the artists on the Brooklyn Street Art blog.

Lower East Side Galleries Host “Grand Opening Night” Tomorrow

The Bowery and the New Lower East Side" () , , 2008-2010 60" x 36" Oil on linen - by Loren Munk

For the first time, the galleries of the Lower East Side are hosting a fall season opener.  It will take place tomorrow, September 7th, from 6-8 p.m. More than 40 galleries are participating and we’ve heard about some neighborhood restaurants planning special events to coincide with the special autumn debut. Among the shows set to open on this night: Loren Munk’s “Location, Location, Location, Mapping the New York Art World,” at the Lesley Heller Workspace. Appropriately enough, the work you see above is titled, “The Bowery and the New Lower East Side.” See the full list of the galleries taking part after the jump.

“Third Thursdays” Coming to the LES March 17th

We’re excited to be the media sponsor of a great event coming to the Lower East Side this spring — Third Thursdays —  from the LES Business Improvement District. Beginning March 17th — many of the neighborhood’s best art galleries and the New Museum will be coming together to show off the neighborhood’s best cultural offerings. Home base for the event will be the LES Visitor Center at 54 Orchard, where you can pick up a guide full of information about galleries, restaurants and nightlife options. The galleries will stay open until 9pm and the New Museum will offer free admission. Third Thursdays will run each month through October. The Lo-Down will feature a different gallery every month and we’ll offer some other ideas for enjoying the neighborhood. In the meantime, check out the list of participating galleries on the BID’s web site.

Making Sense of the Lower East Side Art Boom

The Lisa Cooley Gallery on Orchard Street. Photo credit: Gallery Beacon.

A lot has been written about the burgeoning Lower East Side gallery scene in the last couple of years.  Even as the art market suffered through a punishing recession, young gallery owners in this neighborhood have thrived. Art writer/blogger Linday Pollock discusses the phenomenon in The Art Newspaper.  Observing the Miami art fairs held last month, she notes:

… in a matter of hours (at the Nada Art Fair), Lower East Side dealer Augusto Arbizo of Eleven Rivington sold nearly everything on his stand, racking up sales in excess of $100,000. Works by Michael DeLucia and Jeronimo Elespe were snapped up by museum trustees as Arbizo scribbled down names for waiting lists. Across the way, collectors pounced on Valerie Snobeck’s mirror wall sculptures at Renwick Gallery and Alex Olson’s abstract paintings at Lisa Cooley. If aesthetics diverged, pricing did not. Three years ago, $15,000 seemed the point of entry for any artist a couple of years out of art school. Now prices start around $2,500 and go up from there.

James Fuentes Gallery Set to Open at 55 Delancey

Art Info interviews the young curator, James Fuentes, about the decision to move his well-known gallery from St. James Place in Chinatown to a new, conspicuous storefront on Delancey, near Eldridge. Fuentes says the search for a new space took seven months. He looked all over the Lower East Side, but also in Chelsea. The rents, he says, were about the same in the two neighborhoods (approximately $65 square foot). The new gallery has 800 square feet on the main floor (400 in the basement).

Wednesday News Links

Another day… still no resolution to the MTA bailout standoff in Albany. Now no vote is expected until next week. See the story in Newsday. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports the MTA has given the union a list of 600 employees who could lose their jobs due to the agency's financial crisis.

Starting Friday, the New York City Housing Authority will ban pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and any dog over 25 pounds at its apartment buildings. Any residents who already have dogs in these categories can keep them as long as they register with the city. The Daily News talked with two pit bull owners at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D.

Rooftop Film's new season kicks off May 15 on the Open Road Rooftop above the New Design High Schhool on Essex Street. See the complete schedule here.

The Village Voice checks out some of the LES's more intertesting art galleries and investigates whether gentrification has "hopelessly degraded" the neighborhood.

Friday News Links

A report by New York University's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy finds the Lower East Side is among the neighborhoods in New York that experienced the most dramatic increases in housing prices between 1996 and 2006.The Lower East Side and Chinatown had a homeownership rate of 12.6% in 2007 (23.1% for all of Manhattan). The median household income in the neighborhood was $32,000 — less than half the median income citywide. The report says the hispanic population in the LES/Chinatown is declining, while the white population is growing. Still, the area remains one of the most diverse in all of New York. You can read more about the study here.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is reconstructing the rear yard of 97 Orchard. Until indoor plumbing was installed in 1905, residents of the tenement used outhouses, bathed and got water for cooking in the yard.  You can read more about the restoration project on the Museum's blog. sponsors tomorrow night's Lower East side gallery tour. More than a thousand people took part last year. See the details here.

Eater reports "White Slab Palace," the new venture by the owners of the defunct "Good World Bar" owners, is now serving food.