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Affordable rental space for artists opens in Long Island City

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined in the ribbon-cutting of Spaceworks, an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City, Queens.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens to musicians at the ribbon-cutting of Spaceworks, an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City. Credit: New York City Mayor's Office/Flickr Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens to musicians at the ribbon-cutting of Spaceworks, an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City.
Credit: New York City Mayor's Office/Flickr

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined in the ribbon-cutting of an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City, Queens, on Monday.

Three rehearsal rooms and one music studio for performing artists make up the pilot site for Spaceworks, a nonprofit organization aiming to develop affordable rehearsal and visual space for artists citywide.

"By integrating affordable workspace for artists into neighborhoods across the city, Spaceworks is helping us find innovative ways to attract the talented workers who help shape our city’s economy, identity and quality of life," Bloomberg said in a statement.

The $200,000 project was privately funded and is the first of five sites in development across the city. All together, they will create some 30,000 square feet of workspace for city artists over the next two years.

Artists living in the city can apply for rehearsal and studio space, which costs between $12 and $16 dollars an hour.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg watches dancers rehearse at the ribbon-cutting of Spaceworks, an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City.  Credit: New York City Mayor's Office/Flickr Mayor Michael Bloomberg watches dancers rehearse at the ribbon-cutting of Spaceworks, an affordable rental space for artists in Long Island City.
Credit: New York City Mayor's Office/Flickr

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