Adieu to Two Local Galleries

Christelle de Castro's "Julesy, Accident," 2011, part of the exhibition "**The Show Must Go On" at Capricious Space.

Williamsburg will soon lose two more galleries. The Hogar Collection, which has graced Grand Street for the last eight years, is set to close shop at the end of February, and Capricious Space will lock its gates for good in mid-March. Both galleries say goodbye with group shows of their artists.

What does the future hold for these institutions? Todd Rosenbaum of The Hogar Collection told the WG that he plans to concentrate on his own art for a few months and then open a new gallery “somewhere in New York City.” Capricious will live on as a magazine, book publisher, and vagabond curatorial project.

For their finale, The Hogar Collection will host an evening of sound performances by Ken Butler, Celia Biagini, and Damian Catera on February 26. Capricious Space has two send-off events lined up: the rowdy-titled **DrunknSailor Reading on February 27 and a screening of the film “Throwing Pains” on March 6.

Christelle de Castro's "Julesy, Accident" (2011) at Capricious Space.

Window of The Hogar Collection, which will make way for a hair salon.

Feb 21 2011


Photo by Eric Wolman

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Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg released a budget that calls for closing 20 firehouses, senior centers and layoffs for over 6,000 NYC public school teachers. The New York Times called this a “good news” budget! Another headline stated that New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez was buying a new condominium at The Rushmore on the Upper West Side. The condo is selling for a reported six million dollars. ARod made 33 million dollars last year, 9 million dollars more than the second highest paid player in major league baseball. So you may be wondering where am I going with this. When I checked out The Rushmore I discovered that they are a recipient of a 421a tax abatement. A look at the Corcoran website that is offering units at The Rushmore, shows ARod’s six million dollar condo pays about $103 a month in property tax or $1,236 a year.

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It’s time to let the 421a program expire. It sickens me when Bloomberg threatens the safety of our children and seniors by reducing staffing on engine companies and then threatening to close 20 additional firehouses and senior centers. Cutting teaching jobs that will increase class size while refusing to increase taxes on the wealthiest NYC residents. By ending the 421a program we can begin to collect the property taxes we need to keep the city running in tough financial times.

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