One of our own contributions to the thriving public art scene is the Space For Public Art. Every (sort of) month, we hand this street level ground space over to local artists/designers, allowing them the opportunity to create something that will grab the attention of the masses passing by all day long. The space has featured everything from paintings, to performance art, to live drawing, and emerging NYC designers
The chashama space at 266 37th street is a prime example of the organizations mission to activate unused real estate by opening it up to artists to develop and create. This quaint ground floor space houses a steady flow of interesting and provocative installations all year round. Pictured here is artist Jiyun Hong inside her installation "ordinary paradise."
Nepenthes New York is an amazing clothing store tucked in on 38th Street off of 8th Avenue. Once you're done browsing the cool and hard to find brands, you can look upwards to find the latest art installation on the walls that rotates regularly to feature a variety of thought provoking artists.
Those in the Garment District with a sweet tooth are very familiar with MacarOn Cafe, home of some of the best macarons you can find in NYC. Thanks to a move across the street to a much larger space, MacarOn Cafe is also home to the colorful art of Roberto Barr. The artist's attention grabbing sculptures adorn both the walls and front window of the cafe
The Kaufman Arcade is the second location in our Space for Public Art program. The Alliance connects the building with our neighborhood artists with to line the lobby with paintings. The next time you need to go from 35th to 36th, avoid the avenue and take a more artful direction. .
Bene Rialto is a lot of things. It's a retail marketplace featuring emerging brands, an educational co-working space and an experiential event space. It is also a great place to find new artwork! The walls of all 5 stories of Bene Rialto feature photographs, paintings and prints from talented New York City artists that rotate every few months.
Hanging from the walls in the lobby of 520 Eighth Avenue, you'll find the work of local artist Mitchell Schorr. The artist, whose studio is in the building, is well known for his urban murals including "Da Race" which you can find all over NYC, including the side of 209 West 38th Street.
Thousands of visitors every year find a temporary home at the Distrikt Hotel. They also find themselves dwarfed by the massive sculptures the hotel displays out front. Currently, a monolithic work of stone from artists Harry Gordon towers over guests and passersby on 40th street.
Coffee isn't the only thing the fine folks of Cafe Grumpy are connoisseurs of. The walls of their extremely popular location at 200 West 39th Street are always adorned with a rotating exhibition by NYC artists. After enjoying a contemplative moment with a cup of joe, a pastry and some excellent art, you'll start to wonder why museums don't sell croissants & cappuccino.
The Drama Book Shop has been a haven for all manner of theater folk since 1917. Along with the seemingly endless scripts and books on theater craft available, you can also experience readings, small performances and theatrical displays from currently running shows.
Mitchell Schorr is already on this list, but we'd be remiss to leave out his most noticeable public artwork, Da Race. You can find this never-ending spray painted mural depicting an ice cream truck battling it out with actual race cars all over the city, but in our neighborhood, the engines roar on the side of 209 West 38th Street.
If you wander down 7th Avenue, you'll pass another collaboration between a neighborhood artists and a Garment District building. Inside the lobby of 450 Seventh Avenue, you'll find two wonderful paintings by Margaret Zox Brown, who has been a staple of our annual Arts Festival throughout its 12 year history.
The Shinnyo Center for Meditation & Well-being is a sanctuary from the stress of the daily grind. Along with inner peace, here you can also find Prince Shotoku, a wonderful sculpture created by the founder of Shinnyo-en, Master Shinjo Ito, along with other works related to this traditional Buddhist practice.