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Woodward Gallery Opens Ghost on Eldridge Street

by Hrag Vartanian on March 15, 2012

Ghost is across the street from the Woodward Gallery and its outer wall is the rotating Woodward Project Space, which currently features the work of Skewville. (all photos by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

Over the last few years Woodward Gallery has been transforming their stretch of Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side into a lively hotspot with regularly packed art openings, a rotating outdoor street art venue and now a bar named Ghost.

Ghost's interior (click to enlarge)

Yes, the gallery is diversifying its presence by establishing a small bar in the burgeoning area of the Lower East Side. How the Woodwards scored on liquor license in the neighborhood may be a mini-miracle but it’s a smart move and seems to be a natural fit for the gallery business.

The name of the bar comes from the fact that when the Woodwards took photos of the interior for the first time there appeared to be apparitions in the images. “We wondered if this place was haunted,” owner Kristine Woodward says.

Ghost officially opened on March 3 and visitors can enjoy street art combos on the walls while they do tequila shots or sip coffee. And soon, Woodward hopes, they’ll also offer small bites to customers.

At least visitors to the gallery will have an easy option when figuring out where to go for a drink after seeing the exhibition across the street.

Ghost is located 132A Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan and open weekdays 7am to midnight and weekends 7am to 1am.

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