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The first art galleries on the Lower East Side opened around the turn of the millennium, and since then, the neighborhood has become a go-to destination for gallery-goers, much as Chelsea is, except that the spaces on the LES, built out of former storefronts and upstairs lofts, are more moderately scaled than what you’d find in Chelsea. They also tend to feature younger, edgier artists, some of whom are showing for the first time. Overall, the LES gallery scene has a relaxed, funky vibe that’s well worth experiencing. But before you go, be sure to check out our guide to the best art galleries on the Lower East Side!
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