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May 2017

Habitat

In New York City, there are buildings zoned specifically for residential use by people certified as artists by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The apartments in those buildings are “joint living-working quarters for artists.” 
 
The cooperative building at 31 Greene Street in Soho is such an AIR, or Artists-in-Residence, building, and it became the focus of the dispute in Cohen v. CASSM Realty Corp., O’Neill and Vassilakis. The case raised the question of what happens when one or more of the shareholders is not, in fact, a certified artist.
 

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