Stop the eviction of Steve Cannon & A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery
  • Petitioned Councilwoman Rosie Mendez

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District 2 - Council Member - NYC
Councilwoman Rosie Mendez

Stop the eviction of Steve Cannon & A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery

    1. Tracie Williams
    2. Petition by

      Tracie Williams

      New York City, NY

A Gathering of the Tribes is a 501(c3) non-profit art organization located in the Lower East Side. The mission of this small local art gallery and salon - founded by Steve Cannon in 1991 - is to showcase underexposed artists. Mr. Cannon –a veteran, now 77-years old and blind - has been a fixture of the Manhattan art scene for decades as a poet and mentor.

Mr. Cannon purchased the brownstone in the 1970’s, but had to sell it due to financial hardship in 2004. He sold the building to the current owner with the understanding that he would re-invest the money over at least a 10-year period to keep the multi-cultural art space thriving. The owner now wants to sell the property and it would be more convenient if he wasn’t there. THEREFORE, she is threatening with eviction based on what she claims are zoning issues relating to the operation of a non-profit gallery space in a residential area.

Mr. Cannon is now struggling to keep his home and the 22-year old multi-cultural arts organization alive. Please show your support for Mr. Cannon and A Gathering of the Tribes whom are both vital to the local neighborhood and the art community at large.



Photo courtesy of Alex Fradkin

Recent signatures


    1. News from Steve:

      Tracie Williams
      Petition Organizer

      News from Steve: Tribes was out of power for awhile but other than that Sandy didn't affect the 2nd floor too much.

      The court date has been rescheduled from Nov 14th to Nov 29th.

      Please share the petition and spread the word!

      SAVE TRIBES!!!

    2. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elyse Finkel ITHACA, NY
      • 9 months ago

      The best place in New York City. I used to intern there and it's a real bastion for the communication of ideas between people from all walks of life - professors, artists, older generations of people who lived in the village in the 60s and 70s, younger post-college kids who stumbled across this gem, and one of the last places that I feel has the "vibe" of the old New York told to me by my parents and their friends. Please don't remove this last oasis of greatness and freedom from the city and turn this into just another overpriced slice of predatory Manhattan real estate. It would be nice if we could still be a city of culture and character rather than just a city of people desperately clinging to and flaunting wealth and competing for apartments. We should be a city where we can work together and be a part of our communities, not a place where people come to be serviced by our community.

    • Hayro Garciga WOODSIDE, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      This has been Mr. Cannon's life work and a deal was made with the owner. She should keep with her agreement.

    • Wayne Silverman MASSAPEQUA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Wayne Silverman

    • Will McKenzie CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Steve Cannon and Tribes are veritable institutions of the LES and should be treated as such!

    • anne Stanner NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      The Tribes Gallery is a multicultural, multi arts organization that has benefited artists and the public by presenting exhibits, concerts, poetry readings, and publishing poetry created by hundreds of artists over the years. It gives expression to the community's diverse population and needs to prevail for many more years to come.


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