How To Pick Art For Your Apartment? Visit The Armory Show For Inspiration

A group of people at an art gallery observing the sketches on display

Moving into a new apartment in NYC, you want your space to feel like your home. A great way to do this is to put up some art! Art is an easy way to personalize your own space and bringing character to your Glenwood apartment. While some of us may know what type of art we are drawn to immediately, other may find the process a bit daunting. Whether you are an art aficionado or novice, attending The Armory Art Show this March is a great way to gain some inspiration!



Attend The Armory Show

A group of friends looking at art in an exhibit

The Armory Show is taking place March 5th-8th, from noon to early evening, at Piers 90 and 94, which are at 711 12th Avenue. The show usually is hosted at Pier 92 and 94, but due to some structural damage of Pier 92, the works that would have been shown at Pier 92 are being relocated to Pier 90.   This is convenient for Glenwood residents living at Emerald Green, Crystal Green, The Sage, The Encore, Hawthorn Park, The Regent and The Grand Tier, and is definitely still worth the subway or cab ride from uptown or downtown Glenwood buildings. The Armory Show exhibits some of the most critical artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. This year is the 26thAnniversary of the event, so it is sure to be extra special!  Click here to find out some more logistics for the show. This art show was founded by four New York based gallerists Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks, and Paul Morris, who held their first fair at The Gramercy Park Hotel in 1994. Notable artists like Tracey Emit participated in the very early years of the fair while it still took place at The Gramercy.

At this point in time, the art fair was called The Gramercy International Art Fair. You may be wondering how the name of this world known event became The Armory Show. Well, due to the popularity and size of the show, it needed to relocate to encompass all of the galleries and artists who wanted to display their work. So, in 1999, the fair moved to The 69thRegiment Armory in NYC to be able to display a large amount of works. With the art fair’s consistently growing popularity, it eventually had to move to the NYC Piers, where it is today and kept its name of The Armory Show.


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Make A Day Out Of The Armory Show


If you are looking to make a day out of this art fair, you are in luck! There are great things to do and eat close to the Pier!  If you are looking for another activity to tag onto the art fair, The Intrepid is close by. The Intrepid Air and Space Museum is located at Pier 86 on West 46th Street. This unique museum is aboard a US aircraft carrier, The USS Intrepid. There are numerous, interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages! And, who doesn’t want to experience what being on a real aircraft carrier is like!

Another fun activity is Lucky Strikes, the bowling alley. It is also close by located at 624 West 42nd Street. The bowling lanes fill up, so make sure to reserve a lane ahead of time. Be sure to note that the bowling alley is 21 and over at night.



If you are visiting the art fair during the day and are looking for a coffee shop to grab a coffee and bite before or after walking around, visit Fika located at 824 10th Avenue. Not only does Fika have great coffee, but it has the best chocolate! A wonderful Swedish coffee and chocolate shop, it is sure to make your day that much sweeter!


If you are looking to have a nice dinner after visiting the Armory Show, there are great restaurants close by! Marea is a high end Italian restaurant located at 240 Central Park South. It is sure to have a lively crowd filled with many people from the Art Fair—you will definitely have a fabulous time! Another great dinner spot nearby is Taboon, located at 773 10th Avenue. It is a great Mediterranean restaurant with a fun ambience.




A couple hanging a canvas painting in their home on a blank wall

Find Inspiration For Your Apartment:

Now that you have visited one of New York City’s most popular art fairs, you may have some inspiration ready to fill your Glenwood apartment walls with art! Paying attention to colors, patterns, and types of art that spoke to you, you can begin your artwork search. Was it bright reds or cool blues that you liked most? Perhaps you found a specific artist that really spoke to you? Instead of splurging for the astronomically priced piece, you can sometimes find great posters online. Now, yes, some posters can look rather bleak on a wall.  But, if you take it to your neighborhood framer, you can turn that poster into something really special! Additionally, be sure to check out The Affordable Art Fair taking place March 26th-29th at the Metropolitan Pavilion that showcases contemporary art starting at $100.


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