Press: Artists May Lose Studio of 20-Plus Years Due to Loft Law Loophole

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A personal account of the harmful effects of “Bloomberg’s Exclusions”. The Loft Law is designed to bring buildings into code compliance by requiring landlords and tenants to draft plans together to solve problems but first units need to win coverage. Bloomberg’s arbitrary coverage restrictions prevent that possibility. It’s NYCLT’s position that, if denied coverage and tenants are evicted, landlords will continue to rent non-compliant spaces illegally. NYCLT wants Albany to remove the coverage exclusion, let issues of code compliance be fixed. Let live/work tenants keep their homes! Read the article here.

Excerpted from DNA: “We are the people who made the cultural fabric of New York. We are working artists who embrace a community. We’ve been doing our work, but at the same time we have created a community around our house, around our home,” Ximena Garnica, who moved into the CAVE at 58 Grand St. in 2004 and uses the studio as a rehearsal space for her dance company LEIMAY. said. 

The Loft Board cited the lack of external windows as their only objection to their application, while three other tenants in the building were recommended coverage, according to the order.

Despite the fact that this space currently has street-facing windows, and work could be done to increase the light/air ratio, the Bloomberg exclusions require tenants to provide proof of windows on June 21, 2010 (Photo courtesy Tenants of 58 Grand Street).

On May 18th the tenant community made a public stand in support of the CAVE, as the Loft Board voted on the recommendation from OATH about their coverage application. The tenants worried the board members wouldn’t spend enough time reviewing the details of the trial, which they believe overlooked important facts and confused testimony. (Photos courtesy Liza Béar)

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1-16-2014 Loft Board Meeting Highlights

Updates to this post (as of June 1, 2014):


 Fellow Loft Tenants,

The recent Loft Board meeting was a little under 2 hours and featured, among other highlights, an ‘executive session’! The executive session was on matters concerning 13 and 15 Thames St and we members of the public were asked to take leave and wait outside the board room.

The meeting started with an amendment request (Daniel Schachter) of the previous mtg minutes to include a conversation on possible outreach efforts to tenants.

Early on in this meeting, Chuck DeLaney asked that the Board formally add to it’s policy issues for the future Chairperson the concern of a application deadline rush and outreach. He asked the Board to officially weigh in on and comment on the good of extending the deadline for new applications, and executive director Lanny Alexander seemed interested and well disposed to the idea. (They spoke to each other about it more after the meeting.)

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Loft Board to Vote on Final Rules

Last month we had a strong showing at the final Loft Board rules hearing from tenants who were concerned about the implementation of Incompatible Use and landlord abuse of the Narrative Statement Process.

Come on out to the Loft Board meeting 1pm this Thursday June 20 at 22 Reade St. in Manhattan, to see how the board decides on these vital issues: Continue reading