Word of Mouth: NYC’s LES Galleries

Spaces for inspiration and community in the vibrant neighborhood

Art can be isolating or divisive and, as PUBLIC SWIM co-founder Catherine Fenton Bernath points out, producing artistic work can prove isolating as well. But within the walls of galleries, visitors gather inspiration and see entirely new points of view. Galleries provide space for communities to form and play a vital role within the ecosystem of the art world. While NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood is perhaps …

Freemans Sporting Club Cherishes Its Status as a Neighborhood Store

Inside the soul of the brand with its designer, Nikko Lencek-Inagaki

Nikko Lencek-Inagaki’s affection for the NYC-based Freemans Sporting Club predates assuming the role of Designer there. “One of my favorite things about this store, about this brand, when I first started was that it really fleshed out a lifestyle, but in kind of an unusual way. It wasn’t necessarily candles and dress shoes,” he explains. “It was these sort of strange objects—these enormous camping thermoses …

Lower East Side Art Week Debuts With a Spotlight on Women Artists

Over twenty galleries in the NYC neighborhood are welcoming visitors this week

Several streets in New York City‘s Lower East Side neighborhood count handfuls of art galleries as occupants. Across decades, the community here—born of non-conformity—has witnessed its statements surpass those of other art movements and locations with the city. With all of this in mind, Lesley Heller of Lesley Heller Gallery and Bart Keijsers Koning of LMAK Gallery realized it’s time to get people into these galleries—to get …