Eviction Battles Imperil a Queens Art Haven
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
Battles between artists and landlords are nearly as plentiful in New York City as galleries themselves. But a recent spate of attempted evictions and other conflicts in a three-story brick building in Ridgewood, Queens, is buffeting a young outpost of the art world just as the area is earning a reputation for affordable studio space and vibrant openings.
“It reminded me of the early days of SoHo,” said Lisa Corinne Davis, a painter whose work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. “I thought: Here’s my community. We’ll see each other every day. We’ll chat. We’ll have shows together.”