On the morning of April 13th, firefighters, police officers and Department of Buildings inspectors evicted
the 20 members of the Bushwick Project for the Arts
from the warehouse they'd been subletting since fall 2009 at 304 Meserole Street. They had lived in trailers in the building's backyard until an inspector from the Long Island Railroad (which owns the property) ordered them out in March, and they then pushed their mobile homes indoors. But the DoB deemed the indoor trailer park illegal due to the building's industrial zoning, and the FDNY called the "conditions imminently perilous to life." The artists were told to move out or be arrested, their trailers were removed by forklift and damaged, some irreparably, and the Red Cross put them up for two nights at a Sunset Park Days Inn. What did they leave behind? According to Metro
, "a music studio, skate ramp, darkroom, painting studio, video sculpture installation, silk screening facilities, an accordion repair room, and even a koi pond." Not bad, but what would you put in your ultimate hipster trailer?