As the Department of Cultural Affairs works on the official NYC cultural plan, a group of activists has advanced its own ambitious vision.
When I came upon the protests taking place on a little strip of green at the intersection of West Burnside Avenue and University Avenue, I heard chants of “Fight, fight, fight / Housing is a right,” and “Whose Bronx? / Our Bronx.”
Arts Gowanus gathered its community on the morning of Saturday, October 18, for a rally to support artists who are being pushed out of a block-long group of buildings on 9th Street in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood.
Last month, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA), which would provide New York City commercial lease holders — including artists — with greater renewal negotiation rights and housing stability, received four new co-sponsors. That means the SBJSA needs only three more votes to meet the 26 needed for passage.
Life in New York is shaped by relationship to property.
In Jenny Dubnau’s Long Island City studio is a vertical mirror with adhesive stenciled letters spelling out the name “Jennifer.”