Art comes from where the artists are, and in New York City lofts are disproportionately inhabited by the creative class. The Loft Law in NYC is broken, at least in part as a consequence of an illegal midstream rule change by the NYC Loft Board to implement wrong-headed Mayoral policies detrimental to Loft tenants.
One of these policies is the retroactive institution of a primary residence requirement that almost certainly disqualifies over half of all otherwise eligible Loft Law applicants from the very start since hiding one’s home was very often a requisite for Loft tenants living in illegal spaces. As a consequence, a law that was designed to protect tenants has instead become a tool to endanger them.
The short term goal of LOFT PROJECT: EYES ON NYC, Party for the People’s pilot project, is three-fold in nature:
- HELP FIX THE RULES by holding those revising the Loft Board rules accountable for their actions.
- HIGHLIGHT OAST INJUSTICES perpetrated upon the Loft Tenant community in such a manner that reopening the Loft Law window application period ASAP becomes a moral imperative for the New York State Legislature.
- PREVENT THE EVICTION of those unjustly facing eviction[COMING SOON: A Portrait: Injustice (The Garage Unit at 58 Grand )]
People’s homes are at stake. Moreover, as goes New York City’s threatened Loft Community, so too may well go Loft communities in East Bay, LA and elsewhere around the nation. The eyes of City Governments nationwide are upon us. Our eyes too should be on them.