Cultural Immigrant Initiative

BEYOND THE BRICKS

BEYOND THE BRICKS shines a light on the vibrant small shops of the Upper East Side, in the form of a self-guided gallery walk and exhibit that explores the history of each building and the stories of the current proprietors. Many of the spaces are further enlivened with the work of contemporary artists.

It is the small, century-old buildings, and the shops within them, that create a grounding sense of place on our side streets and avenues. Through original research, writing, photography, and work by local artists, this project aims to document the history of our shared built environment and spark conversations about what makes a community “beyond the bricks.” The interactive map below details the businesses and sites included as part of the project. Together, they tap into the intangible character of our neighborhood.

The in-person exhibit can be seen at 966 Lexington Avenue from November 2022 through mid January 2023. Original art is on display in stores and vacant spaces in the neighborhood during same time.

GALLERY HOURS AT 966 LEXINGTON AVENUE, 2ND FL

January 25, 26, 30, 31: 10 AM - 3 PM
February 2, 6, 7, 9: 10 AM - 3 PM

The exhibit can also be visited at other times by appointment – please email info@friends-ues.org to inquire. Additional scheduled times will also be posted here.  

SATELLITE LOCATION AT 200 EAST 74TH STREET (at THIRD AVENUE) 

We’ve recently installed additional artwork and history panels at this large groundfloor space on Third Avenue and 74th Street (former Duane Reade store). Take a stroll by any time to enjoy from the sidewalk! 

WALKING TOURS 

Join FRIENDS, Art on the Ave, and Manhattan Sideways for a neighborhood walk to discover some of the sites included in the self-guided exhibit. Unless otherwise noted, all walks will begin at our pop-up gallery space at 966 Lexington Avenue and continue through the East 70s and 80s to businesses, buildings, and art featured in the project.

 

This project is a collaboration between FRIENDS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN SIDEWAYS, and ART ON THE AVE.

Original art is on display in businesses around the neighborhood. The exhibition is on display at 966 Lexington Avenue, by appointment, until mid-January.

Soon, stories of many small businesses which serve the neighborhood, and the histories of their buildings, will appear below in the interactive map for your own exploration.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

MAP


These locations have business profiles and business histories.

These locations have business profiles, business histories, as well as original art.

These locations have original art only.

BUSINESSES


FRIENDS of the Upper East Side 2020