Construction reaches third floor at 39-32 28th Street

The last time we stopped by 39-32 28th Street, a rendering had appeared on site.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that construction has reached the third floor, as seen in the photo below. The project has an anticipated completion date of Spring, 2019.

The application, approved on April 12 by the Department of Buildings, calls for a three-story building with two separate residential units for 3,080 square feet of residential space at a FAR of 1.23. New York YIMBY was the first to spot permits for the project all the way back in 2015.2

39-32 28th Street

A view of 39-32 28th Street

39-32 28th Street

Rendering for 39-32 28th Street


Nationwide Insurance at 13-03 Jackson Avenue moves

A storefront for Nationwide Insurance located at 13-03 Jackson Avenue has moved.

The site was previously occupied by The Vaglica Agency,1 which, according to the Nationwide website, has relocated to 31-00 47th Avenue in Long Island City.2

Signage for the retail space’s availability has appeared on site, as seen in the photo below. It is being handled by Modern Space’s Juan Castellanos.

13-03 Jackson Avenue

A view of 13-03 Jackson Avenue


City Chemist plans to open this week at 43-25 Hunter Street

When we last reported on City Chemist inside the retail space at 43-25 Hunter Street in October, a source told us that owners were pushing to open by the end of the month.1 When we stopped by over the weekend, we saw that there’s a sign on the door stating that the pharmacy intends on opening this week. Construction paper has been removed from the door, giving a full reveal inside.

Here’s more information on the space via its website:

From name brand and generic drugs to over the counter medicines. We offer the competitive prices, expansive selection and quality service. Tend to your health from head to toe with our selection of health and wellness products. Keep you and your family in top shape with new health and wellness supplies from CITY CHEMIST.

City Chemist

A sign posted on the door says City Chemist will open this week

City Chemist

A view inside City Chemist

City Chemist

Another view inside City Chemist

City Chemist

A view of the outside of City Chemist


Christopher Howard comes to Book Culture on Friday, 11/16

LIC: Christopher Howard on The Jean Freeman Gallery Does Not Exist
Event date: 11/16/2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Book Culture LIC: 26-09 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101

Join us at Book Culture LIC as Christopher Howard discusses his book, The Jean Freeman Gallery Does Not Exist, on Friday, November 16th at 7pm!

An examination of a 1970s Conceptual art project–advertisements for fictional shows by fictional artists in a fictional gallery–that hoodwinked the New York art world.

From the summer of 1970 to March 1971, advertisements appeared in four leading art magazines–Artforum, Art in America, Arts Magazine, and ARTnews–for a group show and six solo exhibitions at the Jean Freeman Gallery at 26 West Fifty-Seventh Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s gallery district. As gallery goers soon discovered, this address did not exist–the street numbers went from 16 to 20 to 24 to 28–and neither did the art supposedly exhibited there. The ads were promoting fictional shows by fictional artists in a fictional gallery. The scheme, eventually exposed by a New York Times reporter, was concocted by the artist Terry Fugate-Wilcox as both work of art and critique of the art world. In this book, Christopher Howard brings this forgotten Conceptual art project back into view.

Howard demonstrates that Fugate-Wilcox’s project was an exceptionally clever embodiment of many important aspects of Conceptualism, incisively synthesizing the major aesthetic issues of its time–documentation and dematerialization, serialism and process, text and image, publishing and publicity. He puts the Jean Freeman Gallery in the context of other magazine-based work by Mel Bochner, Judy Chicago, Yoko Ono, and Ed Ruscha, and compares the fictional artists’ projects with actual Earthworks by Walter De Maria, Peter Hutchinson, Dennis Oppenheim, and more. Despite the deadpan perfection of the Jean Freeman Gallery project, the art establishment marginalized its creator, and the project itself was virtually erased from art history. Howard corrects these omissions, drawing on deep archival research, personal interviews, and investigation of fine-printed clues to shed new light on a New York art world mystery.

Christopher Howard is a critic, editor, and historian based in Astoria, New York. He earned an MA in art history at Hunter College and has written for Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, Modern Painters, Art Papers, and more. Howard won an award from the Arts Writers Grant Program in 2014. The Jean Freeman Gallery Does Not Exist is his first book.


SculptureCenter Announces In Practice: Other Objects

In Practice: Other Objects
Opening Reception
Sunday, January 13, 5-7pm
Runs Jan 14–Mar 25, 2019

About In Practice
The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists and curators in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported nearly 200 emerging artists with the essential resources of space, funding, time, and administrative support to help turn their ideas into reality.