The Andy Warhol Museum is headed to New York

A branch of the Pittsburgh institution devoted to the Pope of Pop will open on the Lower East Side in 2017

Essex Crossing rendering with 75 Essex incorporated

Essex Crossing rendering with 75 Essex incorporated Photograph: Courtesy Essex Crossing

Okay, we get it: Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is why a museum devoted to him opened there 20 years ago. But! Andy made his reputation right here in NYC, where he spent his entire adult life. In fact, thanks to stuff such as the scene at Warhol's Factory during the '60s, his frequent visits to Studio 54 during the '70s and his role as Pop Art's grey eminence during the '80s, Warhol not only became identified with New York, but New York became identified with him. So when news of a long-rumored branch of the Andy Warhol Museum in the Lower East Side was recently confirmed, it seemed like justice had finally been served.

The 10,000-square-foot exhibition space, scheduled to open in 2017, is slated to take up part of Essex Street Crossing, the glassy centerpiece of the city's plan to redevelop an area of empty lots around Delancey and Essex Streets known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA for short). It will showcase parts of the collection located in Pittsburgh, which includes not only Warhol's work, but also his archive and personal holdings of other artworks and antiques. Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the New York Warhol Museum would offer an opportunity to show Andy's work to a wider audience, adding that "New York is the amuse bouche and Pittsburgh is the main course." That's certainly something we could sink our teeth into.