PRINT September 1986


A Romance in Ten Parts, Chapter 1: Arrival

IMAGINE A YOUNG ARTIST, without a trust fund, coming to live in New York City for the very first time.

In the map he had drawn from reading October, the Art Journal, The Village Voice, and Raw magazine, Rex’s ideal apartment/workspace was located somewhere below 14th Street and east of Second Avenue. He quickly discovered that the East Village had been raked over like a Zen garden. Avenue C had gone condo; Avenue A said bars, restaurants, and galleries with straight walls. Rex put himself on a waiting list for a studio apartment in a newly renovated tenement on Avenue B, the Cezanne Arms, knowing full well he could not afford the $950 monthly rent. He searched elsewhere. Rumors were that TriBeCa was building its own airport to the Hamptons and busy suing for statehood. SoHo’s mil-point-five lofts and cavernous boutiques ate millionaires, and even the speculators had long left the terrain,

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