Communication Shutdown at the NYC Loft Board of Amazonian Proportion?

One threatened Williamsburg Loft in a bulding the owner claims is too dangerous to allow for residential occupancy. One can only wonder why this owner allowed his agent (the overtenant) to give the entire flat a cosmetic facelift just prior to passage of the 2010 Loft Law. Indeed, this owner, upon visiting this unit as painters were busy painting engaged in cordial conversation with the prime lessee of the unit and seemed quite happy with the work being performed.

Recent news of secret negotiations between New York City and corporate behemoth Amazon lead at least one inquiring mind to wonder if the New York City Loft Board’s seeming unwillingness until very recently to entertain Loft Tenant points of view may not be somehow related. “Cool” neighborhoods such as Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick also happen to be quite close to the new digs Amazon will be occupying in Long Island City. Just this morning a New York City Loft Tenant broached this topic with someone of similarly inquisitive nature…

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Portrait: InJustice #1 (The Billion Dollar Loft Board – Part I)

Loft Tenants join in Solidarity with other tenants and the homeless at the Upstate/ Downstate Alliance Protest in Albany this past January of 2018.

aka “How the New York City Loft Board Staff all but repealed the Loft Law to effectively bestow upon Real Estate interests upwards of a Billion dollar handout (or more)”

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An Experiment in Citizen Oversight: Help Bring Transparency and Accountability to NYC Local Government

White Glass on Black /  One if by Land (if too by Sea) / Where has all the Color Gone?

What Can I do?

Worldzight ::  Loft Project NYC is currently putting together a list of first principles with respect to how citizens might better engage with the political process, especially on the local level, in the 21st century Information Age. We would love your input and insights.  Beyond that here are a few first steps as we ourselves figure things out on a more granular level.

  1. Come to PARTY FOR THE PEOPLE on December 3, 2018 (6:30pm – 11pm) at Von Bar in Manhattan (3 Bleecker St., 10012).
  2. Tour our still in-development website. Today it’s the NYC Loft Board in need of citizen oversight. Who knows what tomorrow may bring our way? A great place to start would be by taking a gander at the  LOFT PROJECT: EYES ON NYC and the ABOUT WORLDZIGHT pages on this website. Let us know what you think.
  3. CONTACT US if you would like to be added to our mailing list. While you are at it tell us a little bit about yourself and why you thought to contact us.

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aka “How the New York City Loft Board Staff all but repealed the Loft Law to effectively bestow upon Real Estate interests upwards of a Billion dollar handout (or more)”


The broad based goal of Loft Project (Eyes on NYC) is to let the City of New York know that the eyes of its citizens and the eyes of the world are upon it. Swiss-cheese spin, nailed shut window “framing” and communication shutdown are unacceptable methods of dialogue between a city authority and its citizens. The NYS…

Unlocked Bondage

This is the value of the “third” person in our little allegory. You and me and all of us. WE are the third eye and that is why photos such as this are so absolutely critical. We must show so that others can SEE. And we must speak so that others can HEAR. And we must ACT so that others may BELIEVE. To extend Hugo Ball, to be forgiven his merely three dimensional tendency — ball = sphere, after all…

The word and image and action are one.

It’s not just that picture that matters. But what comes next… Observation, after all, changes the observed. Make no mistake. We learn from others’ inaction and silence far, far more than from their words and actions. Read more

A pre-Thanksgiving Story for Marla Ruzicka

There was once a war and many people died. There was also much collateral damage. The people were the collateral. And everyone saw who bothered to look, but pretended they didn’t. But there was one girl, a shining, sprite pixie of a blond with an amber smile who DID notice. And DID something.