Kudos to NY Mayor DeBlasio for attempting to address the issues creatives face trying to live and work in NY. Not a ton of specifics yet, and this one stat from 2014 really jumped out at me: "an eye-popping 53,000 applications poured in for a scant 89 apartments at East Harlem’s El Barrio Artspace PS109." Wow.
It's exciting to know from that stat that there are still so many folks making art in the NY area! If these initiatives are successful, hopefully other cities will take note and use empty/abandoned spaces in a similar fashion.