Q. WHAT IS WESTBETH?
Q. WHAT IS WESTBETH ARTISTS RESIDENTS COUNCIL ?
The Westbeth Artists Residents Council (WARC), operated by the residents of Westbeth, is the tenants association of the residential tenants of Westbeth. It helps exhibit and promote the work of the painters, poets, dancers, writers, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, directors, actors, printmakers, and sculptors who reside at Westbeth.
Q. Are Westbeth Artists Housing and WARC related?
No, they are completely separate organizations with completely separate missions. Westbeth Artists Housing owns and operates Westbeth. WARC is tenant run and serves a variety of purposes.
Q. HOW CAN I GET AN APARTMENT?Westbeth maintains a residential waiting list but we are not accepting new applications due to the length of time current applicants now spend on the list.
Q. How long is the waiting list?Approximately 10 years.
Q. Is there commercial space to rent?Contact Charles Gross, 212-243-9090 for information concerning commercial leasing opportunities. The Westbeth Gallery and Westbeth Community Room are run by Westbeth's residential tenants in space donated by Westbeth. Information about those spaces is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What is all the construction work that is going on?
Hurricane Sandy, the worst natural disaster in New York City’s history, ravaged Westbeth in 2012, along with much of the rest of New York City and coastal New Jersey. Seawater poured into Westbeth’s basement, flooding the block-square building with nine feet of water. Westbeth and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, through the Build it Back Program, are in the midst of a massive construction project to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and to fortify Westbeth from future flooding.
The Build it Back project will make those critically needed improvements to Westbeth, including:
- Raising boilers above flood level;
- Upgrading cellar windows and some doorways to prevent water from entering the cellar;
- Installing a new emergency generator to run boilers, water pumps, elevators and stairwell lighting during emergencies;
- Installing submersible domestic water pumps that will ensure water gets to all floors for drinking and toilets;
- Replacing the supports of Westbeth’s inner courtyard and repairing its structural integrity;
- rebuilding the inner courtyard to make it wheelchair-accessible;
- Installing new submersible sump pumps to aid in removing any water that might seep into the basement; and
- Removing lead paint and asbestos from most of the basement and outside surfaces as a preliminary step in the construction process.
Q. How long will the current renovation take?
We hope to have the work substantially completed by Fall 2019.
Q. WHAT IS THE BIG HOLE IN THE BUILDING?In the early 1930s, the New York Central Railroad decided to build a new freight line from its yards near Pennsylvania Station to serve the butter and egg market then located in lower Manhattan. To accomplish this, it built the High Line -- right through one of the Bell Laboratories buildings. Train service was discontinued in the 1970s. The elevated tracks south of Westbeth were torn down, but much of the High Line north of it is now a new city park.