July 16, 2017
Despite rising rents, more artists now live in New York City than ever before — they just live in different neighborhoods than they used to.
“Traditional havens like the Village and Chelsea simply aren’t affordable for most artists today, so large numbers of them are migrating to neighborhoods from Bushwick to Bensonhurst,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future, to Crain’s York Business.
The number of visual and performing artists living in New York City grew to 56,268 in 2015 according to a report by the Center. That’s an all-time high, up 17.4% from 2000. The number of artists in Manhattan, however, fell 10% over that period, as the number of artists rose in places like the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. “If we don’t address affordability issues, the next move for many of these artists could easily be outside the five boroughs,” Bowles said.
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