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Andy Warhol Museum Backs Down from Plan to Build Branch in New York

The Andy Warhol Museum, which is based in Pittsburgh, PA, has announced that it will be dropping an anticipated plan to build a branch of the museum in New York City, reports Marylynne Pitz in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The outpost was originally envisioned as a 10,000-square-foot space, as part of the development of Seward Park on the Lower East Side.

Eric Shiner, director of the museum, said in a statement Friday night that “The Andy Warhol Museum, which had been exploring its participation in the Essex Crossing development in lower Manhattan, has determined that it will not proceed with the project. Despite the efforts of both the museum and the developers, an internal study of business and other operational considerations led the museum to this decision.”

Negotiations for the project first began in 2012, when David M. Hillenbrand, former president and CEO of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, approved the initiative.