We in Telegram
Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
News Every Day |

Look inside the last lofts of New York City's artists, shielded 40 years ago from the city's soaring rents

Betsy Kaufman sits in her industrial studio space with rainbow colored paintings on the wall.
Betsy Kaufman.
  • In a new book, photographer Joshua Charow documents the rich history of New York City's artist lofts.
  • Protected by the Loft Law, a generation of artists were able to preserve their live-work spaces. 
  • Nearly impossible in today's rental market, these spaces still inspire people around the world. 

When he was a teenager, photographer Joshua Charow would sneak into buildings around New York City in search of the perfect rooftop shot. One factory in Brooklyn's South Williamsburg held his fascination as he discovered the raw, eclectic live-work spaces of artist's lofts.

In his early 20s, Charow returned to the building hoping to live there himself. He soon discovered he was "ten years too late" — all the lofts were taken by tenants living under New York City's historic Loft Law, protections for loft tenants passed in the early 1980s.

In a city where 115-square-feet can now go for $1,200 per month and the average rent continues to soar, the romantic notion of a massive, affordable loft seems nearly impossible to imagine.

Fascinated by the Loft Law's history and its impact on New York City's culture and legacy, Charow mapped out every building that fell under this protection and set out to document the residents who are still benefiting from the law.

Over two years, he photographed 75 tenants and collected their stories into "Loft Law, The Last of New York City's Original Artist Lofts," now available from Damiani Books.

Here's more on Charow's research of the Loft Law and a look at six of the subjects he covers in his book.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, downtown New York City was a hub of manufacturing.
Aeiral view of donwntown Manhattan
Lower Manhattan was once an industrial hub.

Cast-iron buildings with floor-through workrooms and ground-level shops populated the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, writes Charow.

When manufacturing moved out of American cities in the 1950's, many of these buildings were abandoned.
Aerial view of Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan
Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood, where many lofts are located.

Slated only for commercial use that no longer existed, New York City officials largely left these buildings untouched without a plan for their future, according to Charow.

However, many artists struck deals with landlords who looked the other way and allowed them to live there for cheap.
Front of loft-style buildings in downtown Manhattan
The raw interiors of an industrial loft made for a perfect studio space.

Landlords were happy to find any income for the spaces they chalked up to be practically worthless, Charow explains.

Some lofts didn't have electricity, heat, or a working kitchen, but artists loved the cheap rent and plentiful space to have both a home and studio.
View of a Tribeca street with cast iron buildings on either side
A view of neighborhood containing cast-iron structures in New York.

Artists taking over factories, warehouse, and even theaters "transformed formerly derelict neighborhoods into the cultural epicenter of the world," writes Charow.

As loft living became fashionable, many landlords tried to evict the artists who made the lofts hospitable, Charow explains.
Building facades of loft-style apartments in downtown Manhattan
Many people wanted to imitate the loft lifestyle, writes Charow.

A group of artists formed the organization Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants in 1979 and lobbied politicians, arguing their essential cultural role in the city. They won.

The Loft Law passed in 1982, creating eviction protections and rent stabilization for those who could prove they lived in a commercial space with the landlord’s consent before 1982, according to Charow.
Street view of loft-style buildings with stores on the ground level.
Today, the lofts exist among some of the most expensive real estate in the city.

"If you're lucky enough to walk into one of their studios, you will be transported back to the year they moved in, to a New York that doesn't exist anymore," writes Charow.

Betsy Kaufman, Tribeca
Betsy Kaufman sits in her industrial studio space with rainbow colored paintings on the wall.
Betsy Kaufman.

Painter Betsy Kaufman's original rent in 1979 for a different Tribeca loft was $450. In 1981, she moved into the space she still resides in today. Kaufman keeps her living space in the back of the apartment and uses the space near the soaring windows for her work, according to Charow.

"I think it's a lot of painters' dream to live and to have longevity as an artist," she told Charow about her life in the loft.

Carmen Cicero, The Bowery
Carmen Cicero stands among giant paintings stacked up against a pole in his raw industrial loft space.
Carmen Cicero

The Bowery, a downtown neighborhood in Manhattan, has one of the highest concentrations of Loft Law-protected buildings in the city, according to Charow.

The 97-year-old painter Carmen Cicero lives in a fourth-floor walkup in the neighborhood where for the past four decades he's been able to hone his craft.

His works are now in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Art Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art.

But when he first moved into his loft in 1971, the space, he told Charow, was a "flophouse" with separate rooms divided by chicken wire.

"Oh my God, it was just a horror," he told Charow. "There were no shades. I said, well, people are looking in, and I hate that. I didn't want to take my clothes off."

JG Thirlwell, Dumbo
JG Thirwell sits in a modern chair surrounded by plants and massive windows in his loft.
JG Thirwell

JG Thirlwell is a musician who once performed in the experimental and punk scenes, and now mixes classical music and jazz, as well as scores film and TV. He moved into his Brooklyn loft in 1987 and created a home studio among the arched windows and 14-foot ceilings.

"Loft living is not for everyone." Thirlwell told Charow. "There's not adequate heat, and it's not like you can call up the super because there is no super. You're responsible for everything in here, and not everyone wants a life like that."

Kimiko Fujimura, Chinatown
Kimiko Fujimura stands at a distance in her Chinatown studio with large green plants and technicolor paintings.
Kimiko Fujimura

Painter Kimiko Fujimura moved from Tokyo to New York over 50 years ago. In the first SoHo loft she occupied in the city, a fire broke out destroying more than a hundred of her paintings, Charow said.

Now, she lives on the top floor of a former bow and ribbon factory in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood, where she's been since 1979. She has created murals for the World Trade Center, Roseland Ballroom, and a Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo.

Marsha Pels, Greenpoint
Marsha Pels Greenpoint loft space with exposed beams and a giant industrial window.
Marsha Pels

Sculptor Marsha Pels lives in a glass factory built in 1852 that sold items to Mary Todd Lincoln for the White House, according to Charow.

A massive 20-foot door and two hoists let Pels move her giant sculptures in and out of the building and around the studio.

She told Charow she's lived in lofts throughout the city including the East Village and SoHo neighborhoods of Manhattan, and Red Hook and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Steve Silver, Williamsburg
Steve Silver stands in a bathrobe bathed in the shadows pouring through his colorful Williamsburg studio.
Steve Silver

The Bronx-born painter Steve Silver has lived in a 5,000 square foot Williamsburg loft since 1979, where just one of his paintings that is made up of 112 pieces is mounted on a massive 12x16 foot wall.

His building has begun to attract much wealthier tenants. A loft half the size of his home below him rents for $11,000 per month, writes Charow.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Мэр Собянин: в Москве стартовали испытания первого в РФ беспилотного трамвая

Precision in Motion: Exploring Baltic Bearing Company-Riga

Boeing passenger ‘DIES in horror turbulence’ on flight from London sparking emergency landing in latest airline tragedy

UFC plans to be ‘flexible’ in next broadcast rights deal, including potential end to traditional PPV

Move over Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham the real England champ is a 15 yr old SUBBUTEO star


Read also


Bike police arrest man with fake ID and knife

High street card retailer with 179 branches to close ‘wonderful’ site as locals sob ‘we’re losing another shop’

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Move over Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham the real England champ is a 15 yr old SUBBUTEO star

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

Move over Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham the real England champ is a 15 yr old SUBBUTEO star

Sports today

Новости тенниса

Рахимова прошла во второй круг турнира WTA в Рабате на отказе Таунсенд

Спорт в России и мире

Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о развитии спорта в селах Чукотки

All sports news today

Sports in Russia today


Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о развитии спорта в селах Чукотки

Новости России

Game News

Helldivers 2 studio wants to slow down the pace of updates: 'We feel a slightly lower cadence overall will benefit both us, you, and the game'


Екатерина Александрова

Екатерина Александрова уступила Линетт во втором круге турнира в Страсбурге

Губернаторы России

В Нижнем Новгороде откроется "Школа 21" от Сбера

Источник 360.ru: в Конькове нашли противопехотные гранаты и 200 патронов

Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о компенсации части затрат на путевки в оздоровительные лагеря в рамках нацпроекта «Семья»

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

Сергей Собянин. Главное за день

Жителей и гостей Люберец 25 мая приглашают в парк на концерт памяти Ю. Шатунова

Рассылка Песни или Музыки на все Радиостанции России, СНГ и Мира, а также по всем СМИ России.

В Пекине Заслуженный коллектив России исполнил произведения Прокофьева и Шостаковича

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

Екатерина Александрова уступила Линетт во втором круге турнира в Страсбурге

Немец Зверев выбил россиянина Медведева из топ-4 ATP

Потапова проиграла на старте турнира WTA-500 в Страсбурге

Касаткина, Андреева и Кудерметова — в тройке лидеров в борьбе за звание лучшей теннисистки

Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о ключевой роли МСП в экономике страны

НАЛОГИ С ЗАРПЛАТ И НДС МОГУТ ОТМЕНИТЬ?! Государственная Дума и Правительство РФ оптимизируют налоги.

Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о ключевой роли МСП в экономике страны

Эксперт Президентской академии в Санкт-Петербурге о компенсации части затрат на путевки в оздоровительные лагеря в рамках нацпроекта «Семья»

Концерт "Моцарт vs. Шопен"

«СВЯТОЙ ЛЕНИН» УЛУЧШАЕТ ЗАКОНЫ, управляет патентами и улучшает командное планирование в целях учёта интереса всего народа.

В Нижнем Новгороде откроется «Школа 21» от Сбера

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

Привлекаем медицинские кадры в Реутов из соседних областей

Воробьев: Подмосковье развивает сотрудничество с Андижанской областью Узбекистана

Танкисты показали, как «купол» и «мангал» помогают защитить танки от дронов

Лавров: Посольства России откроются в Южном Судане, Нигере и Сьерра-Леоне

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости Russian.city
PR time

Один из лучших джазовых вечеров в Петербурге и Москве -  «Jazz под Небом»

News Every Day

LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia misses out on U.S. Open spot, but still has chance to play

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости