Established 1994, and an NYC institution for over twenty years, the woodward Gallery was a pioneer of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood with a rich history of art and culture. The 5000 square foot space offers two floors of exhibition spac... more
Established 1994, and an NYC institution for over twenty years, the woodward Gallery was a pioneer of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood with a rich history of art and culture. The 5000 square foot space offers two floors of exhibition space and is within walking distance of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Since 1994, Woodward Gallery has specialized in developing private and corporate art portfolios with Contemporary and Modern Masters from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and through the unique painting of their acclaimed Gallery Artists. Woodward Gallery maintains an inventory of art by Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Richard Hambleton and Jean Michel Basquiat.
An extensive collection of important limited edition prints are available by New York ‘80’s East Village Artists: (Richard Hambleton and Keith Haring); POP Artists: (Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol); and by their Gallery Artists: (Deborah Claxton, Margaret Morrison, Mark Mastroianni, Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk and Cristina Vergano).
Woodward Gallery is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
While this could apply to most neighborhoods in this guide, the Lower East Side might be the best example yet of an area that was once down-at-the-heels, full of recent immigrants striving towards the American dream and long-time residents just trying to make ends meet, and is now as expensive as anywhere else in Manhattan, filled to the gills on weekends with the bridge-and-tunnel crowd looking to eat fancy and party hard.
The Lower East Side is boxed in between Alphabet City and Chinatown and between Little Italy, Nolita, and the East Rive, running roughing south from Delancey Street to FDR Drive and from the East River west to Allen Street. In the last 150 years, the Lower East Side has been populated by successive waves of lower-income German, Irish, and Jewish immigrants, and has seen extensive immigration of Chinese and Latin populations in recent decades. Although the well-known Tenement Museum on Orchard Street chronicles the historically difficult, even squalid, conditions in the neighborhood’s tenements, rents have risen to four, six, even eight times what they were just five years ago. Today, Ludlow and Orchard Streets reflect the newest wave of immigrants: the dot-com and downtown crowd. In fact, an unbelievable array of new boutiques, restaurants, stores, fabulous bars and music clubs compete with the area’s long-established tailors, fabric dealers, button wholesalers, religious artifact suppliers, pickle vendors, and Kosher wine distributors.
The neighborhood’s crowded parks and outdoor recreation areas reflect the pastiche of New York’s ethnically diverse groups, especially in summer, and a dizzying array of music from around the world can be heard literally on every corner. Take a stroll around to see some of the city’s oldest synagogues, famous delicatessens, shopping streets, and hang out with the hippest crowds.
Art enthusiasts will be interested to know that the mother lode of art galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood has seen tectonic shifts, albeit slowly, to the Lower East Side, with trendy smaller new galleries popping up here and there. Many attribute this gallery migration to the Lower East Side to the presence of the New Museum of Contemporary Art on the Bowery, the first art museum ever constructed from the ground up in this neighborhood.
Nightlife on the Lower East Side, especially on the weekends, is always rocking, with almost as many people cruising its narrow streets as there are inside its numerous bars, restaurants and live music venues. Up and coming alternative rock bands play at Bowery Ballroom on Delancey Street and Mercury Lounge on East Houston Street, while lesser known acts perform at smaller venues, such as the performance space in Pianos and the Living Room on Ludlow Street, or by booking Arlene's Grocery on Stanton Street.
If you're looking to grab a bite to eat before concert-hoping from venue to venue, try Apizz, which features great Southern Italian cuisine and Prune, which is renowned for its fine American dining.
The Lower East Side is definitely moving upwardly in its hotel and real estate offerings. The growth of this neighborhood has brought several new luxury boutique hotels, including Hotel On Rivington and the deluxe boutique Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street.
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