Hip-hop, key word “hip.”Renderings courtesy of The Gallery
The Mott Haven neighborhood sometimes referred to as SoBro (or as we prefer to call it, “South Bronx! South South Bronx!”) will soon get a high-end lounge called the Gallery. Hip-hop artist Robert Salese and veteran dj Mikey Eyes will open the 6,000-square-foot space in a former office building off of the Third Avenue Bridge that’s surrounded by what Salese calls “unfucked land.” The owners aren’t afraid to throw the word gentrification around — in fact, Salese says he’ll be bringing “South Beach to the South Bronx” when the spot opens May 17 with a pastel color scheme and a menu of sushi and paninis.
“We’re the first guys to come down and do something as chichi and bourgie as this,” he says, meaning a VIP lounge, bottle service, local artwork on the walls, and what Salese says is an outrageous sound-and-light system for DJs along the lines of Funkmaster Flex, Goumba Johnny, Cassidy and the like (no one is confirmed yet). Just remember, if you go, go in a limo.
The Gallery, 26 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx; 718-402-1400, myspace.com/thegallerybx (www.thegallerybx.com coming soon)