Yesterday , Galapagos Art Space, once located on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, and in recent years on Main Street in Downtown Brooklyn, announced that it was closing and moving to Detroit! The owners of Galapagos
Simply put, New York City has become too expensive to continue incubating young artists. The white-hot real estate market burning through affordable cultural habit is no longer a crisis, it’s a conclusion.
You can’t paint at night in your kitchen and hope to be a good artist. It doesn’t work that way.
The canaries in New York City’s real estate gold mine and the basis population of its creative ecosystem – its young artists and thinkers – are no longer talking about the next show they hope to land. They’re talking about the next city they can land in once their current lease runs out.
But that was not the only music related closing announced yesterday. Galuminum Foil Studios is closing as well. Why? Their landlords have decided to sell the land and knock down their building to build housing.
And if that’s not enough, I’ve heard that another Brooklyn-based recording studio is looking to move from its current location in a now expensive Brooklyn neighborhood to a less expensive neighborhood, although still in Brooklyn.