As developers turn more and more to Queens, artists who fled the prohibitively high prices of Manhattan are again struggling to stay in neighborhoods they helped make desirable, such as Long Island City and Astoria.
High housing prices drive artists out of Astoria
[Caron] Atlas worried about how [a developer-artist] partnership would affect the way planners and developers perceive the function of artists. She said some developers forge short-term agreements with artists' groups.
"So the value of their work is to gentrify the neighborhood and then they leave?" she asked.
"Then the question becomes, as an art organization, how willing are you to be exploited?" said Susan Chin, assistant commissioner for capital projects at the city Department of Consumer Affairs.