New York Times art critic Holland Cotter’s review of Bushwick Open Studios contains a nice little walk through of New York’s incessant rent hikes:
“For artists New York City has always had unaffordable neighborhoods. Now it has an unaffordable borough, Manhattan. There, in the past, blue-collar areas like Greenwich Village, SoHo and the Lower East Side offered cheap living for the no-collar day-jobbers that most artists were and still are. Rents were such that they could make their work upstairs and show it downstairs…Then came the 2000s and money and Chelsea, which is the equivalent of a suburban mall: a business district, a consumer zone.”
You know, hence the whole people living in Bushwick thing.
As far the review, Mr. Cotter is rightly skeptical of Bushwick being a new thing, even though a variety of New York Times Style section trend pieces over the years would suggest otherwise: “As if in proof of a budding mainstream status, a major Chelsea gallery, Luhring Augustine, recently established an outpost here, and a very Chelsea place it is: blank and thick walled, like a bank vault.” As for the art he saw there, he said it was “hard not to feel a tug of hope.” Read the rest here.