Even with the art-market rebound, she says, dealers still come every month to see the new works on display, which sell for between ,000 and ,000.
“I am obsessed,” says Andrea De Pablo, a 33-year-old temp from Astoria, Queens, who started visiting the Pennsylvania town a few years ago, when one of her friends started dating an artist who lived there.
“There are so many cute vintage shops and cool boutiques.
As its name suggests, the 93-room property is set in a former 19th-century cork factory and still retains its historic brick and stone walls as well as wood-beamed ceilings (from about $200/night).
This four-block stretch, surrounding downtown’s North Prince Street, has more than 40 independent art purveyors, including the Red Raven Art Company, which draws in collectors from outside the area.
“We are seeing more and more people coming from Philadelphia, Washington, New York City,” says Lee Lovett, gallery manager at Red Raven, who adds that big city dealers began visiting the gallery during the economic collapse to scope out new artists for more affordable prices.
Suspender-clad bartenders serving drinks, punk music blaring from a vintage jukebox and old Buster Keaton movies flickering silently on the dining room’s brick wall make you feel like you’ve never left Brooklyn.
Get into Lancaster’s artisanal, formerly industrial vibe by checking into the Cork Factory Hotel in the village’s downtown.
New Yorkers looking for a quiet respite from city life without sacrificing culture, design and a rich culinary scene should look further west, to Lancaster, Pa., to wile away a weekend.
Just a three-hour Amtrak ride from Penn Station, past the horse-drawn buggies and carriages of the Pennsylvania Dutch, downtown Lancaster doesn’t resemble its Amish surroundings so much as it does a mini-Brooklyn: teeming with art galleries, indie boutiques and restaurants, without the pretensions of the Big Apple.
My friends are trying to convince me to move there, but I am afraid I’m not cool enough!
” You don’t have to go far to encounter that “cool.” Just steps from the Lancaster Amtrak station is Gallery Row.