The ground floor of the former Fine Arts Building in Tribeca, birthplace of the New Museum in 1977, is now a branch of Asian-fusion restaurant Nobu.
The onetime home of the Rene block gallery in SoHo, where Joseph Beuys lived for a few days with a coyote for a performance in 1974, is now a Sunglass Hut.
The project space MWNM on the Lower East Side, which closed in 2009, is now the overpriced—albeit delicious—restaurant The Fat Radish.
Leo Castelli’s original gallery location on East 77th Street is now the home of the Michael Werner Gallery.
And the space at 41 Essex Street once occupied by art services company/curatorial outfit e-flux—home, for a bit, to Martha Rosler’s library—is now occupied by a company called Big Apple Boxes.
Neighborhoods sometimes change in pretty interesting, unexpected ways! (E-flux, for the record, recently moved to 311 East Broadway.)
Thank you to curator and critic Karen Archey for bringing this to our attention.
Here’s a gentleman on YouTube covering Jonathan Richman’s classic song “A New Kind of Neighborhood”: