(The New York Times) In October, more than 200 artists combined forces in a former warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to create “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1,” a sprawling exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography. Critics raved about the show, a mix of established names and relative unknowns that “verified that New York is as alive and brilliant as ever,” according to New York magazine, “with artists spread out into all the boroughs.”
But perhaps not at Industry City, the century-old industrial complex where the show was held. Beginning several months before the artists Chuck Close and Lola Schnabel posed for photos at the exhibition’s V.I.P. cocktail party, and continuing through the weeks when visitors flocked to the 36th Street train stop to see it, dozens of artists who had studios in Industry City were packing up their oil paints and brushes and leaving. Rents were rising, and many could not afford to stay.