Despite a promise from Mayor de Blasio that he would defend them, New York City’s loft tenants feel more vulnerable than ever and are taking their concerns to the board charged with helping them.
The municipal government is carrying out mass evictions as it prepares to level some 430 million square feet of illegal housing.
In an extensive response to last week’s protest at the Whitney Museum, the artist offered her take on the current situation in Boyle Heights.
An alliance of activists from Los Angeles and New York highlighted the role of the artist and her dealer, Gavin Brown, in artwashing the gentrification of working-class neighborhoods.
If the judge in the case follows suit, the verdict could set a remarkable precedent for the protection of graffiti and street art under the Visual Artists Rights Act.
The new rules would help maintain rent-regulated loft spaces, some 30% of which have disappeared in the last 15 years.
As the neighborhood’s commercial real estate turns over to lure tech companies, many artists will have to look further east for affordable studio space.
Hundreds of residents of Waterloo estate have installed colorful lights in their windows to call attention to government plans to raze and redevelop the area.
475 Kent’s charmingly ramshackle conditions fostered a close-knit community of artists — until they were notified that the building had been sold.
There once was a time when the resistance movements of New York pushed back against the regimenting, state-sponsored programs known as “urban renewal.”
With the next deadline to apply for legal loft status looming, a rally will be held to demand better protections for loft tenants.
A new petition demands a proper vetting process for murals and claims a number of them have failed to properly engage with the local history and community.