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Hidden NY: Art gallery doubles as free health clinic

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- From the outside, Old Claremont Theatre on the corner of 135th Street and Broadway may look like any other building. But on the inside, you are transported to the free radical art exhibit at All City.

Inside, every twist, turn and ramp you discover showcases graffiti art from New York artists and beyond.

“You have a whole culture that is hidden here,” said Hugo Martinez, who runs the Martinez Gallery.

Downstairs, we met an artist by the name of “Noxer,” who is wearing a mask because most of his work is illegal in New York.

“Why do you do it?” I asked.

“I do it for the love of it. It’s not for the money. It’s freedom of expression,” Noxer said.

Yet, here he can paint on the walls legally and for a really good cause. If you look a little closer at the exhibit, you’ll find it is also a fully staffed pediatric where they are combining art and science into one.

“From the moment they walk in and see the artwork, it makes people feel good. It doesn’t only help the parents, but the kids as well,” Dr. Juan Tapia said.

Tapia runs the pediatric clinic and said anyone from an infant to 21 years old can walk in, no appointment necessary.

“We see the patients regardless of their ability to pay,” Tapia said.

Which means you can walk in, with or without insurance, and be seen by a doctor and treated.

For more information, visit martinezgallery.com