NYC artists find unusual place to thrive

January 25, 2012 7:59:00 AM PST
New York City artists have found a place to thrive in a most unlikely place. A portion of the old Brooklyn Army Terminal has been converted into studio space at cut-rate prices.

The atrium portion of the terminal echoes with the past, where soldiers prepared to be shipped off to battle, now it is a community of creativity, called Chashama which means vision. The idea of transforming vacant properties into arts space was the brainchild of Anita Durst.

Dean Radinovsky has been here since the beginning, and gets inspiration from being around so many different artists.

The going rate for space is $5 a square foot, while Chashama charges just 75 cents. Plus, it's secure and non-smoking with plenty of room for storage. Up until a month ago, Noah Xifr was working out of his apartment, searching for years for an affordable work space. Now, he has it.

The space is so popular, there is now a waiting list to get in.

Since 1995, Chashama has converted more than 50 locations throughout the five boroughs. You can apply for space through the Chashama website, at You can find out more on the profiled artists with the following links:

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