Old paintings in golden frames

Where art and design are concerned, Brooklyn is one of the most happening places in the world. World-class collections fill the walls of institutions like the Brooklyn Museum. Showcases at design schools like Pratt give talented budding artists exposure and experience. The borough is also home to dozens upon dozens of galleries displaying all manner of art you can imagine. If you’re looking to add to your collection the next time you’re in Brooklyn, these small galleries should be on the radar.

Welancora Gallery

Welancora Gallery is located in a townhouse in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The focus of the gallery is to represent artists from around the world by placing their works with collectors and museums, holding major exhibitions and publishing scholarly catalogs.

33 Herkimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 919-0344

Orgy Park

Orgy Park was established to display quirky creations made by friends of owner Steve Mykietyn. The collection now contains work from a range of contemporary artists working out of Brooklyn’s hip Bushwick and East Williamsburg neighborhoods.

237 Jefferson St.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(929) 234-1277

The Boiler (Pierogi Gallery Affiliate)

When Pierogi founder Joe Amrhein set up shop in Williamsburg in the early 1990s, studio rents were a fraction of what they are today and pierogis could be purchased from Polish bakeries on almost every street corner. The neighborhood around Pierogi has changed, and after 22 years of flourishing in its midst the gallery’s formal collection relocated to Manhattan this year. A 14th Street expansion affectionately called the Boiler Room still showcases work in North Williamsburg. And a mobile, online-accessible portfolio featuring work from more than 700 artists is also a part of the collection.

191 N. 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 599-2144

SARDINE

The handsome Bushwick building that houses SARDINE inspired artist Lacey Fekishazy to make a gallery out of it at a time she wasn’t even considering such a project. Five years on, Fekishazy and director Jon Lutz use the space for solo presentations exhibiting work from one talented contemporary New York artist after another.

268 Stanhope Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(914) 805-1974

Parallel Art Space

Another artist-run gallery in the Bushwick/East Williamsburg/Ridgewood area, Parallel prides itself on its non-traditional art exhibits. Exhibits frequently pay homage to masters of all art genres, and the shows here can be energetic and busy.

17-17 Troutman Street #220
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Underdonk

Underdonk, run by and featuring the work of a collective of 11 artists, is one of Bushwick’s most dynamic art galleries. The Brooklyn gallery moved from its Troutman location to a new space in Willoughby last year. While still little known outside the art community, Underdonk made waves by hosting its first traveling exhibition at Eastside International in Los Angeles last year.

1329 Willoughby Ave. #211
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Most of these galleries are less than twenty minutes from NU Hotel Brooklyn. If you have several hours to dedicate to gallery hopping, you can head to the Morgan, Jefferson, or DeKalb L stop and walk from gallery to gallery until you’re ready to call it a day.