5405 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758
(631) 748 - 4196
DescriptionStudio 5404 is located at 5404 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY.
A paved, parking lot is located at the rear of the gallery. There are no designated handicapped parking spaces there.
If entering from the parking lot, one step is required to the single-door entrance.
The double-door, main entrance is up a slight incline from the street.
The large, main floor gallery has smooth floors throughout. There are some chairs available if needed.
The second floor has more exhibition space, but is not as large and roomy as the main floor. The only way to access the second floor is by a staircase.
A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located on the main level.
Another, small, single-occupancy (non-handicapped-accessible) restroom is located on the second floor.
- Surface of lot: paved
Places to rest: none outside
Paths and walkways: concrete
Location of handicapped entrance: at main entrance
Doors: single in rear, double in front
Number of floors: 2
Ramps: slight incline to front entrance
Steps and staircases: steps to second floor
Width of aisles: spacious
Places to sit: chairs available if needed
Location of restrooms: main and second floors
Type of restroom: single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible on first floor, single-occupancy,non-handicapped on second floor
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: extremely friendly
An interesting article in Newsday about art galleries on Long Island caught my eye. I was especially intrigued by what it said about Studio 5404. “Studio 540 brings a touch of Manhattan to Massapequa. Artists from the boroughs and Long Island rub elbows with art critics and gallery directors…A band plays original music. Performance artists entertain. There are lots of creative people tucked away on Long Island, but they lack places to emerge. That’s what Studio 5404 offers.” (Newsday – 1-30-16)
The article said that Studio 5404 was open daily, by appointment. I gave them a call, made an appointment and off we went.
The Studio is located in what appears to have been a private home at one time. The small, paved parking lot in the rear does not have any dedicated handicapped spaces. If you want to enter through the single, back-door you must negotiate a step. If you go around to the front you will find a slight incline (but no steps) to the double-door main entrance.
We were warmly greeted by owner, director, Lori Horowitz. After introductions she gave us a tour of the gallery, including much information about the exhibit on display. It was a pleasure to talk to someone who is passionate about what she is doing. The website says that the gallery “provides under-represented and emerging artists with the opportunity to show, learn and share their art with the public…it offers lectures, educational seminars, showcases and round tables…” As Lori stated, it is “…a place for emerging artists to emerge.”
The main floor of the gallery is a large, easily navigable, open space, with chairs available if needed. A large, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom is located here.
It is unfortunate that the second floor is accessible only by stairs, because there were many more interesting works there. Especially interesting to me were the incredible, wire mesh sculptures by Lori herself. If you can do the steps, they should not be missed!
You will find a small, single-occupancy (not handicapped-accessible) restroom on the second floor.
We had a lovely conversation with Lori about her art experience and how she came to open this space.
Based on our visit, we would encourage anyone with an interest in art to visit this space. Make sure to check the website for information on upcoming events. We will surely return for one of their future events.!
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.studio5404artspace.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”