Lofts carry with them an interesting piece of New York City history. The buildings were originally constructed for industrial use, but after manufacturers shut down or left the city, artists moved in, claiming the big (and cheap) lofts, converting them to live/work spaces. (This is an alternate route to developer-sponsored conversion of industrial buildings, which Brick Underground looked at in "Want to live in a converted factory?").
True artist’s lofts are hard to come by these days, as many have become pricey luxury condos, however, 119 North 11th St., #2C, is the real thing—an artist’s loft located at the Northside Arts Industries Condominium in Williamsburg, a former paint factory that was restored and converted to live/work use as commercial condos by a group of artists in the mid-1980s.
At a vast 1,900 square feet, the loft is just begging for a large, creative endeavor. The interiors are pretty inspiring too, with classic loft details such as high-beamed ceilings, exposed pipes, brick accent walls, and industrial-style pendant light fixtures. (It's not clear how many bedrooms there are, but judging from the floorplan, you could probably configure it with up to three bedrooms, if you want.) It is available for rent for $6,700 per month.
It is a bright corner unit with a new air conditioning system, hardwood floors, oversized windows, and a washer/dryer.
There's exposed brick in the kitchen and in this bedroom.
A graphic detail was too appealing to paint over.
There are three walk-in closets.
The current occupant has a couple of offices set up here.
The building has an on-site super and will have a brand new common roof deck with Manhattan views.
McCarren Park is a block away, and there are dining, shopping, and entertainment options close by. Of course, transportation is a headache: The closest subway station is the L at Bedford Avenue, which is shutting down for 15 months beginning in April next year. There is a ferry stop on the waterfront abut eight blocks away. But if you’re an artist type who spends all your time in your studio, this could be the place for you.
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