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.
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.