End the Shuttering of Cultural Spaces - Pass SJSA - End Tax Breaks for Warehousers

End the Shuttering of Cultural Spaces - Pass SJSA - End Tax Breaks for Warehousers

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William Newman started this petition to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and

We Artists and our supporters/audience/friends, who have considered Cornelia Café our home for years and years, see no sane reason why one of the last Cultural Outposts in the West Village should now be closed. For forty-one years, it has presented music and performance art of various types seven days of week. The rent was increased to a level which has shocked all and unreasonable demands placed on the proprietor of the café.  The Landlord who has a completely odious track record for years and years with literally thousands of tenant complaints, is committing an act of Barbarism by closing down our treasured and storied space. This is happening all over New York.  Artists have gradually fewer spaces to perform. Not only does this diminish the cultural value of our city, it hurts it economically. Little theaters, music venues, and small businesses in general are the life-blood of cities. Music and Performance are vital for the education of the public and in promoting anti-violence and anti- discrimination. Smaller spaces like Cornelia Street Café works in tandem with our enormous education system in the city and provide an outlet and focus for hundreds of artists annually, if not in the thousands over the span of its existence. What example is being set when these types of establishments are being shuttered? For similar reasons , Caffe Vivaldi, around the corner from Cornelia which presented music seven nights a week, has been shuttered. It is time that we artists rise up and make our voices heard. It is time to voice our support for Small Business Jobs Survival Act and demand its passage. There needs to be a fair commercial lease renewal process in New York City. The lack of protections is the number one reason these places have and are being shuttered. There must be a process that looks at the multiple loopholes that are allowing unscrupulous landlords to get away with these deeds that leave workers and a healthy music/performance community in the cold. There are less and less outlets for the diploma holders who pour into the supposed cultural capital of the USA.

We also must fight for the passage of a Vacancy Law and anti-warehousing act which will prevent landlords from keeping their spaces vacant in order to collect tax write-offs equivalent to market rate rent. The closing of Cornelia Street Café makes all too obvious the destruction to the City being wrought by Commercial Real Estate. This must end now and the rampant abuse by this industry on our lives and livelihoods must be curtailed. We demand a cease and desist order against the landlord and a fair negotiation to resurrect this important institution. We demand the passage of the SJSA and an anti warehousing bill.

 

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