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INTERIOR DESIGN With a shop in East Hampton and another in Palm Beach, Lars Bolander (72 Gansevoort St.; 212/924-1000) has now established a toehold in Manhattan, selling an exquisite collection of Swedish and French furnishings from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as European prints and paintings. A line of Bolander furniture is in the works. • The 12,100-square-foot flagship of Swiss-based Vitra (29 Ninth Ave.; 212/539-1900), designed by Lindy Roy, provides a clean backdrop for the reproductions of multi-hued tables and chairs by Gehry, Prouvé, and Noguchi. • When Karkula (68 Gansevoort St.; 212/645-2216) changed its name from Breukelen, it also took its inventory up a notch, offering streamlined furniture, ambitious handmade jewelry, shag carpets resembling sea anemones, and delicate ceramic sculptures.

GALLERIES At the lower end of the burgeoning Chelsea arts scene, large spaces and high ceilings are beckoning dealers (note: most galleries are closed Mondays). After 17 years in SoHo, the Heller Gallery (420 W. 14th St.; 212/414-4014; www.hellergallery.com) headed northwest in search of fresh terrain in which to display contemporary glass sculptures. • Housing one of the largest collections of Andy Warhol works in the world, Wooster Projects (421 W. 14th St.; 646/336-1999) pays homage to the Pop artist with exhibitions by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein. • Businessman turned digital artist and dealer Carl Van Brunt (819 Washington St.; 212/243-8572; www.vanbruntgallery.com) had already found success in the artsy Hudson Valley town of Beacon, so he decided to test the waters in the Big Apple. His stable includes photographers, sculptors, and painters. • More mini-museum than gallery, Sperone Westwater (415 W. 13th St., second floor; 212/999-7337; www.speronewestwater.com) mounts a new show by contemporary artists such as Bruce Nauman or William Wegman every six weeks. • The nonprofit Bohen Foundation (415 W. 13th St.; 212/414-4575) just started holding public exhibitions, coinciding with its move from SoHo to a century-old industrial building redesigned by the architecture firm Lot-ek. The organization commissions works (multimedia, film, and installations) from innovators such as Damien Hirst and Tom Sachs. Leave your checkbook at home—nothing on view is for sale.

NIGHTLIFE DJ extraordinaire Nicolas Matar brought the flavor of Ibiza to New York with his club Cielo (18 Little W. 12th St.; 212/645-5700). The building's original façade (complete with a sign for the Nyack Meat Co.) remains intact; inside, neon energizes the 300 revelers lucky enough to make it past the bouncer. Expect electronic, dance, and house music straight from the underground. • Although it has been open for three years, Apt (419 W. 13th St.; 212/414-4245) has lost none of its appeal. The reservations-only upstairs lounge is as warm and cozy as an apartment should be: it has a striped-wallpaper entryway and a bar that looks like a kitchen. • Once a biker bar that served as the inspiration for Coyote Ugly, Hogs & Heifers (859 Washington St.; 212/929-0655) is now more likely to draw tourists who enjoy being belittled by smart-mouthed female bartenders. • A small nook on a nondescript street, Passerby (436 W. 15th St.; 212/206-7321) recently made national headlines when its owner-bartender published Cosmopolitan, a tell-all book that is the Kitchen Confidential of the late-night libation world.

HILLARY GERONEMUS is an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure.


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