On Friday afternoon, politicians and loft tenants rallied near City Hall to demand that Mayor de Blasio overhaul the city’s Loft Board.
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 new rules would help maintain rent-regulated loft spaces, some 30% of which have disappeared in the last 15 years.
With the next deadline to apply for legal loft status looming, a rally will be held to demand better protections for loft tenants.
In the course of writing The Rise and Fall of Artists’ SoHo (Routledge), I read several earlier books about lofts and artists in lower Manhattan. The most embarrassing by far, in spite of some research worth crediting, was Sharon Zukin’s Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change.
Attention all New York artists living and working in converted industrial studios: New York City Loft Tenants has begun hosting a bimonthly housing clinic.
Those headed to Northside Art this weekend should make sure to visit the handful of open studios at 338 Berry Street, because those spaces won’t be studios for much longer. About six weeks ago, the 10 tenants still residing in live-and-work studios in the building lost their court battle with their landlord, Mona Gora-Friedman. The tenants are being evicted at the end of October, at which time Gora-Friedman will renovate the building and turn it into — sigh, what else? — luxury condos.