Legendary Polaroid photographer Maripol is part of the new exhibition
Earlier this month, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending reopened as Better Days, an homage to a music club that opened in Midtown in 1972 called Pea Nuts. The club would later become Better Days — a pivotal role player, The Cut writes, in establishing New York’s house music scene.
Now, owner Oliver Stumm is hoping Better Days will hold to its namesake as it’s reinvented for a new generation of creatives. Stumm told WWD he wants the Lower East Side space to be a “neighborhood destination and haven for creatives,” which was kicked off by an exhibition featuring legendary polaroid photographer Maripol, Dustin Pittman, Olaf Breuning, and more. Maripol, whose photograph of Jean-Michel Basquiat sucking on a lime is on display, is a scene fixture who made many of her connections as the art director of Fiorucci’s first store in the city.
The show is on view through December, and Better Days’ downstairs lounge opened October 6. Stumm, of the Lower East Side’s Rintintin and Williamsburg’s Diviera Drive, curated the exhibition. Visit the exhibit — and experience Better Days — at 302 Broome Street. See photos from the show on The Cut here.