The Definitive Stay in New York Reading List

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2015 · 1 comment Resources


If you’re heading out to “Stay in New York,” Art F City’s affordable workspace conference, there’s no better time than now to catch up on the issues: artists kicked out of studios, community-building legislation, and whether artists can afford real-estate in New York. Not going? We’ve compiled a lengthy guide on the state of affordable workspace in New York City, with articles from Art F City and other online publications, professional and academic studies, and books to get you started on knowing the current state of affordable studio space in New York City. Some of these resources you may be familiar with. Others have been made publicly available here for the first time.

Got any additions to the list? Leave them in the comments section below.

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  • On the Relationship Between Social Well-Being and Economic Well-Being, University of Pennsylvania, Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert. A four-city study on economic and racial diversity and cultural assets that attempts to measure the economic impact of art on economies. This isn’t leisure reading.
  • Creative New York: June 2015, Center for an Urban Future. A detailed analysis of what has changed in the city’s creative landscape over the past decade and a document of the most pressing challenges facing the city’s artists, nonprofit arts organizations, and for-profit creative firms. More optimism here than you would think: affordability is a huge issue, but New York’s creative class is growing.
  • Artist’s Housing: A Survey of Live/Work Space, Carmi Bee. From 1983, a 100-plus page study on how and where artists live, beginning nearly all at once with the comment “Where do these artists live on their minimum wage?”.
  • API PS109 Report. A 2006 report leading to the formation of Artspace in East Harlem. Statistics abound, including that 89 percent of artists in East Harlem were interested in relocating their practice to a multi-use facility at PS109.
  • APA Manhattan 2014 Sales Report. Wondering who’s actually buying real estate in Manhattan? Wonder no longer. (Thanks to the New York Economic Development Corporation for providing the above three PDFs.)



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