This is a follow-up from a previous post Fall in Central Park –Metropolitan Museum Area
Today, I visited three very small art galleries just a half-block from 5th Avenue on east 79th Street. While they might not be your primary destination, I am confident it will add to your NYC experience.
Let’s get our bearings. Just north of east 79th Street is the Metropolitan Museum. To the south is the Frick Museum and at the corner of East 79 and 5th Avenue is the Ukrainian Institute. If you are in Central Park, then you might be at the Obelisk or the area around the Belvedere Castle/Turtle Pond.
Each gallery is in a brownstone and their spaces are small but very tranquil. I’ve found the staff at each gallery to be pleasant. You are left to enjoy the art works at your own pace. If you are interested in a studying different themes of art and seeing the modernism, abstract and deciphering themes of art. Each gallery is free and they do change their themes during the year.
NYC note: Most New York City galleries enjoy having people come in and look at their art. Often though, you may feel a little intimidated but I walk up those few steps and later you will come down with a smile and the satisfaction that you went inside.
I have placed a sampling from each gallery below. I, purposely,did not identify the gallery each came from, I would like you to consider them as a combined example for your visit.
20 East 79th St.
18 E 79th St.
16 E 79th St.
Note: There is a coffee shop at the corner of East 79th Street and Madison Avenue. Also, around the corner are more places to eat. Best to use the Park bathrooms before venturing out as bathrooms are scarce in this area. However, if really needed, you can use the bathroom in the New York Society Library – 53 East 79th St just on the next block.
Also, along with several galleries on the upper east side, there are many small galleries throughout the city – don’t be bashful!