Too many important neighborhood spaces across NYC are closing due to rent increases. We are losing neighborhood culture. Our City Council is considering a rule to limit rent increases for commercial spaces. Fewer speculative evictions stop gentrification and displacement. Rent regulation isn’t just good for businesses, it’s good for the whole neighborhood. We need City Council to take urgent action to stabilize rents for the small businesses to survive.
Based in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Lower East Side, Art Against Displacement (AAD) is a coalition of artists and arts professionals that seeks to amplify the demands of those whose lives and livelihoods are placed at risk by predatory development and resettlement, and to work in solidarity with grassroots organizations toward community-led rezoning. The group affirms that gentrification is not an inevitable effect of urban development, and refuses to let the work of cultural producers be instrumentalized towards the displacement of long-term residents and businesses.NYC Artist Coalition is an emerging coalition of artists, creative organizations, community leaders, activists, policy makers, and specialists providing mutual support and advocating for informal and affordable community spaces in NYC. They strive to protect community spaces for all New Yorkers.