Apparently, just the 100 or so artists living in a loft in Bushwick at 345 Eldert Street.
That’s right. In order to protest the economic system that allows them to live in the most expensive city in the country and be artists, the residents of this big-ass loft building are trying to “secede.” Or to be more accurate, they want to throw a party and invite different people (other than the current management company) to buy the building, so they can continue to live in their space and pay below market rate in a non-rent controlled building. Is it just me, or is this the dream of like 80% of renters in New York?
As a borderline Marxist, I totally feel the revolutionary spirit. As a poor gentrifier, I totally feel them on wanting to continue paying less rent. As an artist with a day job, I totally feel them on wanting to do art instead of work. As a hater of management companies, I totally feel them on wanting to annoy the people who sent them threatening “rent is due” notices. So why am I so pissy about this?
Because only a bunch of Williamsburg-lite hipsters would try to call whining a revolution. They should just go ahead and do it. If the Queens border was redrawn one block south, they’d be out of Brooklyn anyway.