Katz’s Deli Ends Its Gallery Shop at ‘The Space’ on East Houston

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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“Art galleries may come and go, but Katz’s will never leave.”

A bold statement from the iconic Lower East Side Deli in reference to its sidecar Space at 203 East Houston Street. As part of its 125th anniversary bonanza, Katz’s had transformed this store – previously occupied by Tim Horton’s/Cold Stone – into a temporary exhibition space and merch shop.

The Space hosted four months of pop-up art shows and other live events. It began with a bang – street artists Hanksy, Rich Tu, Baron Von Fancy, Kenzo Minami, and HYP-INC all participated. There was also plenty of Katz’s apparel for sale. For instance, branded ball caps, t-shirts, and $5,000 kicks (moichandising, moichandising).

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Photo: Katz’s Deli

But the deli-inspired gallery ended its run on the final day of January; the clever gate mural is intact, though. Time to move on … to eat another pastrami sandwich.

Let’s hope Katz’s remains entrenched in its one-story house of glory. One need only remember those rumors from just a few years back … but let’s not go there.

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