From the Times Ledger:
Even as friends and colleagues of the artist critically injured in the April staircase collapse at Crane Street Studios in Long Island City prepared a fund-raiser to help with her expenses, the tight-knit creative community that used the building for workspace is preparing to pack its bags.
The city Department of Buildings issued an immediate vacate order on the building after the collapse and Wolkoff was fined $12,800 for various violations. Artists have not been allowed to return to work in the three months since the collapse, pending facade repairs and clearing the art studio for use with the city.
“It’s idiotic. I am upset. I am sick over it, but there’s nothing I can do,” Wolkoff said. “For me to get a certificate of occupancy to make studios, you’ve got to put glass walls in. What are you, crazy? That’d cost me a million dollars. I don’t make money on these as it is.”
DOB spokeswoman Carly Sullivan said Wolkoff submitted an application to legalize the studios in June, but the agency rejected it, noting several objections.
Wolkoff said the building, elaborately decorated by graffiti artists, may return to its industrial origins.
“I’m just going make it back to a factory,” he said. “It’s grandfathered in as a factory.”
And LIQCity points out that the building recently got a coat of paint. (See above photo.)