Katya-Tepper
Katya Tepper, a painter and performance artist, is moving to Chicago when her Brooklyn lease expires in March.
Photo: Buck Ennis

Artists have long struggled in New York, moving into rough areas, gentrifying them and then getting forced out. But as the city has gotten increasingly expensive, there are few such neighborhoods left to move to, forcing a growing number of artists to abandon the city. Many had hoped the recession would bring down rents, making it easier for them to stay. Instead, rents have barely dropped, and the part-time jobs they depend on for survival have become harder to find. Without a strong arts community, New York risks losing its standing as a creative center, which could have a negative impact on numerous industries that depend on talented employees.

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Miriam Kreinin Souccar
Crain’s

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