According to this New York Times article it seems so. Of course the NY Times doesn’t have to tell PLAYGROUND DETROIT. The majority of the NYC-based team resides in the industrial ‘up and coming’ neighborhood, Bushwick. We can testify to the multiplying galleries in the surrounding nearby area, in addition to new bars and restaurants popping up at a steady rate. In addition to the new emerging bars and galleries, the notorious and popular Williamsburg venue SECRET PROJECT ROBOT, has recently relocated to the neighborhood (389 Melrose St). A new bi-annual gallery night known as Beat Nite: Bushwick also boasts over 50 galleries that stay open late also entice art-lovers to come explore the spaces. Street art hangs from poles and street wires, industrial blocks are covered in colorful graffiti, and large warehouses are occupied by young artists. The scene actually reminds of the surrounding Eastern Market area and other Detroit neighborhoods- such as the now world famous, Heidelberg Project.
While Bushwick’s art scene is not new — cheap warehouses have been carved into bedbug-infested lofts for the better part of the last decade — it is turning a pivotal corner. In the last year, more than a dozen art galleries have opened in the industrial neighborhood, taking over rusty factories, Dominican botanicas and auto-parts stores. – “Next Stop, Bushwick,” via the NYTimes
56 Bogart is a huge industrial warehouse building off the Morgan L train stop, and now houses nine galleries, in addition over 60 artist studios. Similar to the Russell Industrial Center, which also houses multiple galleries and artist studios in Detroit as well.
The Russell Industrial Center is quickly becoming the largest Art Mecca/Small Business Haven in the midwest. With over 150 commercial tenants from all types of creative backgrounds, it is an ideal place to create and work. Architects, painters, clothing designers, glass blowers, wood craftsman, metal sculptors, graphic designers and the like find the R.I.C. an ideal place to network and exhibit. The Russell Industrial Center also plays host to the People’s Arts Festival once a year in the fall and several other art exhibitions. The R.I.C. works with film makers, photographers, local college classes, and is the proud home of several Detroit based art gallery’s including Detroit Industrial Projects(DIP), MONA (Museum of New Art), The Cave gallery and weekend marketplace, theRussell Bazaar. “
Both neighborhoods usage of industrial spaces shared by artists and galleries are impacting the community positively. There are more coffee shops, bars, and restaurants starting to open up all the time. What’s your favorite galleries in both NYC and Detroit? Let us know- Contact email@example.com and share your thoughts.
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