The Neighborhoods that are NYC’s new Art Meccas

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The Neighborhoods that are NYC’s new Art Meccas

Last weekend we told you about the exodus of artist’s from lower Manhattan. Today we are going to shine a light on the new art meccas in New York City. 

There’s no doubt that New York City is one of the world’s hot-spots for art. For the longest time artists from around the world would flock to lower Manhattan to be in the melting pot of emerging artists that converged there. Over the last few years, thanks to rampant gentrification, that trend has changed, forcing the arts community to move on to other areas.

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Now we will shine a light on those new art meccas in the city.


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With Galleries like Pierogi, Roebling Hall, Momenta, Parker’s Box, Schroeder Romero, and Plus Ultra, it’s not so much of a case that Williamsburg is becoming an arts hub, more that it has taken the city a little while to notice.If you’re looking to rub shoulders with emerging artists in the area we’d recommend Diner,  Marlowe and Sons, Southside Lounge and Supreme Trading.

Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Corridor Gallery is a must see if you’re in the area. This quaint urban art gallery with open submissions focusses on exhibiting works by emerging artists.

The neighborhood attracts artists of every discipline, playing very well into the diverse and historic vibe of the area.  If you want to “accidentally” bump into an artist to talk shop, you won’t go wrong by popping into Tillie’s coffee shop on DeKalb Avenue.


Reviving the reputation as an arts center it once enjoyed in the 20s, Harlem is once again rising to the forefront thanks to the lower Manhattan exodus. Some would make the argument that Harlem is, in fact, the new Chelsea. Harlem is only a 10-minute ride from the Upper East Side and the galleries on Madison Avenue. That’s not to say that Harlem is without its own galleries, we’d recommend you check out Triple Candie and the Studio Museum.

Greenpoint & Bushwick

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Though there are no galleries of note in the area, Artists are moving there for studio space rather than the social aspect of the arts scene. The sparse industrial feel is slowly being changed, the old manufacturing spaces make for excellent studios.

Hangouts like Archive (Bushwick), the Pencil Factory, Greenpoint Coffee House, and the Lyric Lounge (Greenpoint) offer communal meeting points for artists and the large Polish community offers culinary delights of their home land (read pierogi) at a price that even the most humble artist can afford.