Life Cafe: Art Life > Bushwick Bridge

The once vibrant East Village art scene that moved out to Brooklyn in the 1990s is again back in the East Village through the Bushwick Bridge.

Since its inception in 2002 Life Café 983 has been showcasing the art of the large and expanding population of local artists. These shows have become a popular feature of café life and a living focus of our community-minded outlook. They’ve become so popular that there’s now a queue of artists booked months in advance to exhibit their work in our informal and relaxed setting.

To help further support our local artists we’ve created the Bushwick Bridge. We invite selected artists to bring a sampling of their work for show at the East Village Life Café. And for those interested in buying and collecting the art of emerging Bushwick artists, The Bridge is a way to experience the original, fresh and exciting work of Brooklyn’s up and coming art in Manhattan, work that for one reason or another may have never made it into the New York gallery scene.

The transfer of Bushwick art to the East Village through The Bushwick Bridge is proving very successful, delighting our patrons who have no idea what will show up next in our deliberately eclectic exhibits. And for our artists, at the very least, it means that they can notch up the fact that they exhibited in Manhattan.

If you’re interested in showing your work at either or both Café’s, or for more information, please contact

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