On an early evening this spring, as the city stuttered back to life, a mix of dealers, artists and adjacent types streamed into Cortlandt Alley and up to a new rooftop bar for a party marking the return of Frieze Art Fair’s New York edition.
Though the fair was 30-something blocks away in Midtown, there was a sense that it was happening here, in TriBeCa, in deference to the neighborhood’s compounding centripetal force.
As with most stories in New York, this shift of the art world’s center of gravity, which for decades has been firmly nestled in far west Chelsea, is mostly about real estate.
In March, Alexander Shulan relocated Lomex, the gallery he opened in 2015 in a top-floor apartment on the Lower East Side, to a floor-through space on Walker Street.
In a turn of sardonic reclamation, he named it after the Lower Manhattan Expressway, Robert Moses’s defeated plan to cleave a highway between TriBeCa and SoHo, which would have decimated much of downtown.
Alexander Shulan, Robert Moses’s
Art, Manhattan Expressway
Cortlandt Alley, Midtown, TriBeCa, —, New York, Chelsea, Lomex, Manhattan, SoHo