The City Lore Gallery is a 28 year-old dream finally realized on April 3rd, 2014 with the opening of our inaugral exhibition: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant’s All-City Graffiti Archive. Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. We document, present, and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We work in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts education; and grassroots poetry traditions.

Through these domains, the City Lore Gallery has become a cultural hub of the city, forging a strong foundation for advocacy and celebration of this city’s cultural atmosphere, while also providing an avenue for the myriad voices of New York City to be heard. The City Lore Gallery is an incubator for the furthering of cultural equity and the modeling of a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.


City Lore Gallery

Our Gallery

Let the traditions and cultures of New York City inspire your next event. The City Lore Gallery is a storefront gallery space with beautiful hardwood floors, a floor-to-ceiling glass entrance, and art-bedecked walls.  At 600 square feet, the space holds 50 people seated and 74 for standing receptions.  Located at 56 East 1st Street on the historic Lower East Side, City Lore is steps from the F train 2nd Ave station and an easy walk from SoHo, NoLita, and the 6 train at Bleecker St. The space is ideal for classes, performances, small music concerts, exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and pop-ups.  600 square feet. Hardwood floors. Floor-to-ceiling glass entrance with optional privacy curtain.  Seats: 50.  Max Occupancy: 74. 4-hour minimum (includes set-up and break-down).


Length of Use

Rental time includes set-up and break-down. Space must be cleaned and vacated by the end of the rental period. Check that no personal belongings have been left behind. We are not responsible for any personal belongings left on the premises. No prior drop-off and/or pick-up of equipment, props, etc. unless negotiated at time of booking request.


Renter is responsible for the set-up and break-down of the space used during the event.  Each renter assumes responsibility for returning the space to its original state before they leave. This includes folding and stacking chairs and tables and placing them at a designated location, sweeping, picking up debris, cleaning all spills, cleaning kitchen counters and appliances (if used), bathrooms, bagging of all garbage and recycling. If the space is not cleaned, left as it was upon arrival, the deposit will not be refunded. Renter may elect for City Lore to assist in cleaning up the space for an additional fee of $120.


Smoking is prohibited in the space or on the street in front of neighboring property.  


Renter is liable for damage to the space and any property in the space.  Renter is required to have their own insurance for their event that lists City Lore as an Additional Insured.

A City Lore representative will be on the premises to supervise the space.

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