April 12, 2021

The Tribeca Gallery Boom

The number of galleries in Tribeca has doubled over the past year. So why is that? Let's dive in.
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The Tribeca Gallery Boom

In August of 2020, I wrote in my list of galleries to visit in Tribeca, Soho, and the West Village - “Tribeca is currently the most desirable neighborhood for galleries to migrate to in New York” and I don’t think I realized at the time how true that really was. 

Less than a year ago, it started with a few galleries like CANADA and P.P.O.W moving from the lower east side and Chelsea, respectively. Fast forward to 2021, the number of galleries in Tribeca has almost doubled. 

In the past year, the following galleries have either moved or opened a new location.

  1. P.P.O.W
  2. Lomex Gallery
  3. Grimm
  4. The Hole (2nd location)
  5. Luhring Augustine Gallery (3rd location) 
  6. Freight + Volume Gallery
  7. Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
  8. David Zwirner*

*not yet open

The gallery spaces are also phenomenal. They have more charm than the Chelsea warehouse spaces, and they’re easier to find than some of the LES art galleries. You can see a list of all of my favorite Tribeca Galleries here

Eric Shaw's exhibit at The Hole's new Tribeca Location
“Tribeca spaces have everything a contemporary art gallery needs, because the buildings were once warehouses, the spaces have fantastic proportions with great ceiling heights and floors that can support a lot of weight. Over the past 20 years, Tribeca has become an affluent residential area, which is why it will succeed in attracting more galleries.” - Markus Dochantschi
Eric Shaw's exhibit at The Hole's new Tribeca Location
“The fabulous old architecture, the feel of the neighborhood, subway accessibility, and lower prices make Tribeca a wonderful alternative to overdeveloped West Chelsea, it’s like the old Soho scene but with a weird renewed energy.” - Jonathan Travis, a partner of Redwood Property Group

Jonathan has been a key figure in helping these galleries find Tribeca homes - including but not limited to Grimm Gallery, P.P.O.W, Nicelle Beauchene, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Ross + Kramer, and more. 

Eric Shaw's exhibit at The Hole's new Tribeca Location
Eric Shaw's exhibit at The Hole's new Tribeca Location

It was also just recently leaked that David Zwirner will be opening another location at 52 Walker Street...it’ll be interesting to see if any of the other mega galleries follow suit. 

Eric Shaw's exhibit at The Hole's new Tribeca Location

I personally am all for a larger Tribeca gallery presence. It’s an easy walk to the lower east side and Chinatown galleries. There are also great restaurants like the Odeon, which is a cultural institution itself, Two Hands, and Bubby’s.

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