Gowanus Artists Displaced From Studios

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Dozens of artist tenants at a Gowanus studio space have been told new management of the property won’t be renewing their leases and they must move out, for some as early as next month, DNAinfo reported.

The properties consist of three adjacent buildings at 94, 98, and 75 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Gowanus Canal directly underneath the elevated F and G tracks.

“The implications for this go beyond Gowanus and are being felt by the entire artist community of New York City,” executive director of Arts Gowanus Abby Subak told DNAinfo.

Displaced artists from the building told DNA they are looking in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Bed Stuy, but that it is near impossible to find similarly affordable rents in the area.

The three buildings were leased for $21,200,000 in April 2015 by developer Eli Hamway, who is also juggling a 44-unit factory conversion on Prospect Place and a six-story condo project on North 10th Street.

The buildings’ zoning restrictions prevent the possibility of a residential conversion, as they are currently zoned for manufacturing.

[Source: DNA | Photo: Kate Leonova for PropertyShark]

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