‘We Don’t Have a Lot of Hope’: Williamsburg Artists Grapple With the Pandemic
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‘We Don’t Have a Lot of Hope’: Williamsburg Artists Grapple With the Pandemic

Class on the roof of the Ace Hotel. (Photo: Effy Grey from We Are Nature)

Nicole von Arx was one of many Williamsburg artists and merchants whose lives were completely disrupted when the pandemic hit in March. In the span of a few days, all of the choreographer’s shows and residencies were canceled and she had to close NVA & Guests, her contemporary dance studio. George Flanagan, general manager of Williamsburg’s notoriously cool Rough Trade record store, was forced to shut the shop and furlough the entire staff. Javier Hernandez-Miyares, founder of 17 Frost Gallery, a celebrated Williamsburg recording studio and exhibition space, canceled all exhibitions for the foreseeable future.

They were left scared, uneasy, and– let’s be honest– a little panicked. In the past…

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