Warhol annex planned in New York City

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Some time in 2017, Andy Warhol's art will be showcased in a 10,000-square foot annex on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The Andy Warhol Annex will be part of Essex Crossing, a development announced Wednesday in New York City by Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel.

A group of four developers plans to transform six vacant acres near Delancey and Essex streets by building 1,000 new apartments, restaurants, office space, markets, parks, a movie theater, a bowling alley and an Andy Warhol Annex.

The annex will be much smaller than Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, which opened in 1994 and occupies 88,000 square feet in a seven-story building in the North Shore.

Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for the developers, said the annex will be 10,000 square feet.

"We will break ground in 18 months and the construction period would be 24 to 30 months," she said.

The annex will be located in an area called Seward Park, formerly home to working class Puerto Ricans, Italians, Jews and Ukrainians until 1967. That year, New York City razed 14 blocks of tenements and evicted 2,000 residents to make way for new housing and retail. But, for the past 46 years, the six-acre site has been a no-man's land of parking lots and chain link fences.

"We are delighted to be working with the Warhol Museum to bring an annex of this incredible institution to New York," Ms. Heller said.

In response to the announcement, The Andy Warhol Museum released this statement:

"The Andy Warhol Museum ... along with the other collaborators of this potential gallery space/annex in the Essex Crossing development, are excited about the possibilities and opportunities it could bring for us and to Manhattan's Lower East Side. Our hope for this collaborative gallery, which would feature Warhol's work, is to further energize this exciting urban development project in Warhol's beloved New York."

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Marylynne Pitz: mpitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1648. First Published September 19, 2013 4:00 AM


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