A while back in the 90’s I had a studio in DUMBO. I was starting a new relationship and decided to move the lover in and the studio out. For $325 I had a pretty good situation on Pearl Street in a basement loft building. There were times it flooded but that’s the problem with basements. Pretty soon I noticed the parking rules had changed and everything was becoming more expensive, hip and cool. It was still very dicy back then as opposed to the way things are now:
Although it’s nice and lots of fun to visit these neighborhoods, as you know the artists are being pushed out. The developers don’t seem to care very much about the pioneers who carved out an existence and contribute to our culture. What we are left with are overpriced stores and unaffordable rents. It doesn’t seem to matter nor is it slowing down. Perhaps the city will end up will all this luxury housing that (like Trump in SOHO) remains unoccupied and bankrupt. Once a building looses it’s reserve, it will fall into disrepair. Then the investment that was made, will be lost. Anyway, I find it all very interesting and needless to say disheartening.
On another note, The Clocktower (just lost their Manhattan space and will probably move to Brooklyn) has great radio archives:
What I like about them is the fact that they preserve our culture and still offer residencies.
I myself am working on several projects, one being finishing the book, In The Circus Of You, Rose Metal Press, is slated for 2015, poet Nicelle Davis. Working on the trailer at the moment.