As Temperatures Drop, Some Sandy-Slammed Chelsea Galleries Still Have No Heat

While most of the art world has gathered in sunny Miami to revel at the celebrate the biggest art event of the season, many who stayed behind in New York’s Chelsea art galleries are still feeling aftershocks left by Hurricane Sandy.

DNAinfo reports today that West 22nd Street’s Center548, an events venue in the former Dia Art Foundation building that also houses studio space, remains without boiler heat and it’s not clear when it will come back up. The building is being heated with electric heaters in the interim. Meanwhile Guided By Invoices Gallery, located at the end of West 21st Street near the West Side Highway, sustained basement flooding that damaged the space’s boiler. However, foresight by the building’s landlord to install an overheard heater has left them in a better spot than some.

As temperatures grow colder in the city, the fate of some galleries and luxury buildings in the area looks uncertain, as the article grimly concludes:

Pricey apartment buildings and art galleries in trendy West Chelsea still don’t have working heat more than a month after Hurricane Sandy, with some likely to stay cold until January.


– Alanna Martinez

(Photo by Terri Ciccone and John Vorwald)