Mary Sargent © 2009 ……………… click to enlarge
This, the Chelsea Arts Tower, completed in 2006, is the first condominium for art galleries in New York, according to New York Construction's website. You know, instead of waiting around for the neighborhood to go upscale and their rents to rise, they'll buy their space and be secure. Restaurants have gotten wise to that, now galleries. A few, anyway. Marlborough is on the first two floors.
The New York Times reported that in an unusual move, the developers used focus groups of gallery owners to learn what they wanted in gallery space, resulting in some changes, e.g., higher ceilings, three elevators instead of two. Uh, unusual? Let's see, we want gallery owners to buy space here. I wonder what would get them to buy. I got it, we'll ask them!