The Upper East Side

Moving on Up: The Avant-Garde Returns to the Upper East Side

(Illustration by Breet Alfrunti)

It’s possible that the Upper East Side changed the night last September when the fire department broke up the disco party at 980 Madison. The building houses, among other businesses, a luxury spa and Gagosian Gallery. Soon it will have a Gagosian-owned “neighborhood restaurant,” as Larry Gagosian described it in a recent interview with Peter Brant. There will be chili. And waffles.

On the third floor of 980 Madison is Venus Over Manhattan, an art space opened last year by Adam Lindemann, a contributor to this paper and the disco party’s host. The crowd had gathered to celebrate a show by the artist Peter Coffin. Young women carried trays of tequila shots. Around 8 p.m., the festivities moved down the hall to a room dimly lit with red lights. From the street, you could hear DJ Harvey playing records. Professional roller skaters skated around on glowing LED wheels. A cluster of young men and women nonchalantly smoked near the entrance.

When the fire trucks came, part of the crowd decamped across Madison Avenue to Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, where a pianist played selections from the Great American Songbook and the martinis cost $21. Read More

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Dominique Lévy and Emmanuel Perrotin to Open Galleries at 909 Madison Avenue

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The Upper East Side continues to sprout new galleries. This spring, Dominique Lévy, formerly a partner in the gallery L&M Arts on East 78th Street, will open a new, three-floor gallery, called Dominique Lévy, at 909 Madison Avenue, on the southeast corner of East 73rd Street. Joining her in the 9,000-square-foot former bank building will be the Paris-based dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, who is opening a New York branch. Read More