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G, L at Metropolitan Ave.-Lorimer St.
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Friends urged longtime collector Syam Suddin to open his own gallery after viewing the bounty of contemporary art and antiques crammed into his apartment. He settled into this narrow store on a strip of Grand in summer 2008—fittingly, a street that dates back to 1821 but is now dotted with trendy Williamsburg boutiques and bars. Rich red walls, creamy white wooden floors, and ornate antique chandeliers lend a luxurious vibe to the space, which doubles as an antique shop and art gallery. Vintage collectibles fill the shelves and cover the walls, offering typewriters, radios, street signs, and furniture. The cache includes a few particularly unusual finds, like original early-twentieth-century fixtures from the Plaza Hotel or an artful collection of framed antique book covers. Curator Johan Kritzinger mounts rotating art exhibitions alongside the vintage wares, like Anne Arden’s tiny installations inside vintage watches and black-and-white self-portraits staged in old buildings. Suddin displays a few of his own paintings as well—acrylic-on-canvas works that reflect his multicultural upbringing as the child of Chinese-Cuban and Indonesian parents.