Contemporary Art Galleries Decimated by Hurricane Sandy

A stroll through Chelsea any Thursday night should be abuzz with contemporary art openings, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the mood was dour.

The unmistakable hum of generators filled the empty streets, and ConEd crews continued to restore power two weeks after the storm to the one of most impacted areas of the City.

Eerily, most galleries were closed.  A peek inside the window from those on the street level revealed a range of destruction: some had debris from the flood still strewn on the gallery floor; others were in the midst of reconstruction with piles of sheet rock already waiting.

The streets had dumpsters full of office furniture and other material and black garbage bags lines the blocks.  Its still a disaster zone, and a sad one.

How many galleries will come back?

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