FAQ's

  • Q. WHAT IS WESTBETH CORP. ?

    Westbeth Corp. is a New York not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Westbeth Artist Housing. It qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • 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 Corp. and WARC related?

    No, they are completely separate organizations with completely separate missions. Westbeth Corp. 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 westbethevents@gmail.com
  • Q. What is all the construction work that is going on?

    One of the greatest challenges Westbeth faces is maintaining its enormous physical plant. The buildings it owns date from the 1850s through the 1930s, and time has taken its toll. Westbeth is currently undertaking repairs to its fa├žade, including extensive repair and restoration to the face of its westernmost building (the former Western Electric corporate headquarters). Less extensive work repairing the facades of the remaining buildings, and replacing the roofs of two of its buildings is also underway.
  • Q. How long will the current renovation take?

    We hope to have the work substantially completed by Fall 2015.

  • 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.