Can’t believe it has been so long since our last post. how is your search going for artist housing and what is your plan for the road ahead?

Not the Best Time

If you have been fortunate enough to find a living environment that is conducive with your creativity, congratulations. Clearly the Pandemic and the challenges that went with it, was not best time period to get a roof over your head that is specifically artist housing.

Caught in the Middle with No Opportunities

This blog started as a search for artist housing in NYC. And although at times certain opportunities presented themselves, for the most part (unfortunately) if you were a candidate and presented yourself, you were either too poor or too rich. Ironic.

Is the Search Still On?

But as we forge ahead into unknown times here in Manhattan and beyond, we as New Yorkers are facing a lot, as is this country, with challenges including COVID, inflation, violence and more. Were we dreaming thinking we could make a difference in artists lives? Probably. And yet, forward we go!

wiznyc, the magician’s advocate speaks out about conjurers and housing

Prestidigitators Need a Place to Live Too

WizNYC considers himself to be an advocate for magicians, raising public awareness of wizardry not only being an art form, but consists of several of them all in one. Because a magician is a producer, director, writer and actor. The Wizter has the personal mission to broaden the opportunities and awareness for New York artists who are conjurers, as applies to them securing affordable housing.

Not Just Entertainers

There is evidence to support that magicians are some of the least appreciated artists in America. Even calling finger flingers “Artists” causes hesitation on the part of some bloggers who believe that magicians are not a part of the creative arts because they are really just entertainers.

Benefits for Those Seen as Creative

This effort to strip magicians of being viewed as artists has stolen from them national and local government opportunities in terms of benefits that members of other art forms continually receive.

The Search

After analyzing multiple unsuccessful challenges to secure housing for artists, it was determined that the primary problem they faced was knowing what kind of artist should be focus when searching for affordable housing?

Matching Creators

Helping “Artists” appears to be a troublesome word to use because it is too general and only leads to missed chances of matching creators with a good place to live for their life and work.

Chelsea Manhattan is an Oasis for Dancers and Classical Musicians

For example, it is rumored that in a specific building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, there is reduced cost housing available for artists, but specifically only for professional classical musicians.

The Last Word

This issue was not anticipated when the Blog Coalition member site was first launched. WizNYC pointed out that:

“It gets confusing because there are so many different kinds of artists, so the question continually becomes exactly what kind of artist should housing be designated for?”

Yianni Stamas Briefly Discusses How a Friend of his Who is an Artist Found Artist Housing

Friend’s Story Could be Your Story

Hi. I am Yianni and NYC “Housing Lottery” brought me in today to relay a brief story of how an artist friend of mine was able, here in New York City, to find a home for him and his family in a building in a building for creatives downtown. I have told this story before, but it bears repeating as it does give hope for artists living in the Big Apple who are looking for artistic communities that have affordable housing available. This issue is also looked at briefly on the USA Make a Difference website, and there also I make a cameo appearance. It is about getting the need known by those who can make it happen.

Contact Your Local NYC Politician

It is no secret that I am over age 50 (as seen today on the Over 50 USA site), in fact I am nearing 60, I bring this up to make the point that no matter how old you are, artist housing is a fight worth taking on. Nothing is going to change with the problem of needing affordable housing for New York City creatives, unless action is taken. Also, the mission of needing artist housing here in Manhattan, NY, is a part of a larger problem which is the importance of lending a hand in order to Save NYC Together. If you visit that site you will again see me rallying for the cause.

Just Say “No” to Stagnation

Join the cause for artists. Because if we do nothing, then nothing will change. And because of this, everything remains the same. For example, the last post on this site was done way back in March of 2021. Sad to say, It appears as though not a lot has changed in New York City since then. This not right. For example, I lived here in the city before Times Square was redone for Disneyites. It used to have a bunch of rundown buildings and theaters. It was the artists who stepped up and made the buildings and theaters into art with their brushes and other creative tools, that made the difference. It is true that this last only until that area was rebuilt. But the beauty of the art that the artists did, brightened the day for most of us. Artists are vital to the cultural injection that is needed so much today with the Delta virus making its way all across the city. But the artists are unable to interpret through their creative work these times that all of us are experiencing. Why? Because many creatives are having to focus on staying alive with a job to pay the rent, which means their inspiration through their art is put on hold and we lose out. Regarding opportunities for artists who are looking for housing, there is a method that you can sometimes use to get artist housing in Manhattan, NY. It is a strategy that you may not have heard of and one that I we will be revealing soon.

An Ongoing Mission

For years (pre-pandemic) I looked for pathways to try to help NYC creatives to take the worry of shelter off of their backs so they could focus on their art. One strategy, that almost received wings, was to purchase and refurbish a building. There were various investors interested in the proposal, but nothing fully materialized. We even had a step-by-step plan that we put together with a contractor. But, unfortunately the cause did not have enough momentum to be fully realized. Someone else purchased the building before we were able to.

Being Specific to Get Results

The good news is that there is some housing available to artists here in the big apple, but there is a key to finding these opportunities that might be helpful for you. It has not worked for some, but has been productive for others. You see, here in Manhattan it is usually for extremely specific kinds of creators that get the pot of gold so to speak.

Friend’s Search

A friend of mine who is a classical musician discovered an “in.” He was someone who had kids. My daughter was friends with his daughters so the two of us dads met several times in places like museums and parks, to provide a forum for our kids to play together. He had been searching for artist housing, and at one point was even considering moving to where my family and I live.

Acceptance Can Happen

During these playdates, while the kids played, we had many discussions about housing for artists and at one point, randomly, he checked within his classical music network and found a building that was specifically built as a place where musicians could find housing. He applied and lucked out. He was accepted to move into the building, which is located downtown from us. Another dad at my daughter’s school had comparable results.

Staying on the Path

Based on results I have witnessed firsthand; the key seems to be to continually be engaged in the artist housing quest but doing so while continually using a variety of different strategies. But this is true of course of any kind of goal one pursues. In the end there are often more than one way that a goal can be achieved.

Facing the Reality of Artist Housing in New York City

The Reality of Artist Housing Sinks in

Dear artists, this website was created with the best of intentions, which was to find for you  affordable housing. Unfortunately, our discovery was that for those folks lucky enough to have a job to help support them while they develop their art, are snubbed by housing providers. This is because their very low income is still high enough that they miss the boat. This is great news of course for the homeless community (deservedly so)  and literal “starving artists” whose survival is based on government subsidies. Those populations deserve and should be provided with housing, but unfortunately there is demographic of creatives who are often overlooked.

There Does Not Appear to be Middle Ground

Sadly, those who are working at a job or are having some success as a creator, are finding it difficult to locate affordable housing. And the distressing part of this is that the housing they do qualify for, often consist of “opportunities” outside of their reach because the prices involved are just too high!

Self -Empowerment

So yet again, those creatives who are in the middle of the income bracket, lose out! Their only hope is to create living accommodation opportunities for themselves since the government clearly will not. The determination of artists developing housing opportunities for themselves include a west coast work-in-progress where an artist purchased a building and then rented out living/creating spaces at prices that were within grasp of creatives!

A Proven Successful Method to Get Low Cost Housing for Artists in New York

What Kind of Artist Are You?

We are happy to say we have finally have a successful strategy you can use to get low cost housing for you if you are an artist of some kinds including visual or entertainment arts.

Match the Kind of Artist You are With Housing Opportunities that are for Your Art Form

How do you do this? You need to do what a friend of ours did. This person was a successful cellist who performed at places like Carnegie Hall. He got low cost housing for classical musicians in a great building in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York.

Seek and Ye Shall Receive

How did he do it? It was simple really once he knew what housing has been slotted for classical musicians. He put in an application to get into what is now his new place of residence. In other words, if you search carefully for housing for YOUR PARTICULAR ART FORM, whether you live in New York City or other New York State areas, you can find place to live that match the kind of artist you are. Granted, you are going to need to put in applications to the options you have in your area. Seek and ye shall receive!

The Roller Coaster Road of Finding Artist Housing

Low Income Level

Although the opportunity is now closed, we were happy to see several of our readers had found housing due to the low income level they had.


This can be frustrating for those who did not score with that lottery. The feeling is that they are being punished because they make a bit more money than the tier allowed.

New President

Ironically, those with low incomes, often due not qualify for opportunities because their income level is too high. Maybe whoever becomes president will have a focus on artist housing for all.

Jumping for Joy

And for those got new income who are jumping for joy, congratulations.

Artists Making a Difference and Growing Older

The NYC Housing Lottery at the moment doesn’t look terrific for artists. The clouds are there and we are filming them, but looking to the heavens doesn’t seem to change our circumstance. Why is that? The Pandemic? Could be. There are other life and death problems that are focused on leaving  us creative types in the lurch.

So what is the solution? If an artist is living a marginal life with virtually no income, there is a chance she or he has access to programs that are meant for low income individuals.

All the rest of us who are on artistic paths must carry on with our work to help the people. Helping others is our lot in life, which is a good thing since we are fortunate to not have the worries of those who do not have much.

The Irony of Indoors

So in the middle of this Pandemic many people are staying in to avoid catching the virus and maybe dying from it. It’s literally a life and death issue. But wonder if you do not have somewhere to be inside? What do you do then.

Congratulations, there is a way in, the poorer you are the better. The city will not only give you food but an apartment, all this free if you are penniless. Or maybe you are working but not at a well paying job? Again the city can help you! You just have to make sure your level of income is low enough.

What do we have to learn about this in regards to artists such as filmmakers, dancers, fine artists and so on? This truly is one of the few times it is good to be a starving artist!

Actualize Your Goals

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hang On

Are you experiencing inner pain about your business and career? Are you undergoing a bit of a breakdown as well as the sensation that  you are at the end of your rope? Well as President Roosevelt once said “…Tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Easily Actualize Your Goals

It can sometimes seem like the goals you have for yourself are too large to actualize. it helps to write down your long term goals and then to break these into tinier steps, next making even shorter steps under the tiny ones and so on, as detailed as you need. Once you have done this it can be easier to actualize your goals!

Good News

And here’s an interesting insight. No one else is better than you are, and unless someone is a sociopath, they experience the same feelings of insecurity that you do. It’s just that they push through these feelings and move forward anyway.

Have You Considered Going Outside of the City?

The KEY to living outside of the city as in this image, is to do a digital analysis of what you do creatively.

Outside of the Metropolis

Chances are you have considered going outside of the city with your artist housing. You may have even looked at places but couldn’t get over wanting to be directly in Manhattan. If you’re like me, even with everything that is going on, the Big Apple is my choice and only choice. But as I analyze the situation I begin to be able to see myself outside of the metropolis. Why now? Because of what is going on in America and our fine cities throughout the U.S.  To combat the confusion, explore digital like at Even giving this though. the revolution is something to not take lightly.

Opening Doors

Let’s face it. There is a revolution happening. And in some ways it is a war zone with two sides. This makes your city our ours a less desirable place to be. Even if you believe in one side of the battle, you will clearly have problems getting anyone to come to your creative business or open the doors for you as an artist.

Take a Stab On the “Outside”

So the big question is, can you undergo digital transformation. If yes, then it would be easier to be outside of your favorite city.  Also, there’s still not a lot happening out there in terms of business. What is digital transformation? A simple way to think about it, although there’s more to it, is to ask yourself what components of what you do can be done digitally? The more that you can do digitally, the bigger your chances of succeeding even though living outside of Manhattan or wherever you live.

In Search of Housing for Artists and an Actualization of Their Goals