5. The Living Gallery

Founded in April 2012 by Nyssa Frank, the Living Gallery is not exactly like the artist occupations described above, in wholly abandoned places. But this is a place where artists and musicians believe in the same message: artists don’t need to be depend on traditional institutions to showcase their work.

Located at 1094 Broadway in Brooklyn, the Living Gallery offers “emerging artists and teachers a platform for dreams to manifest.” There is an emphasis on collaboration instead of competition, reminiscent of the earlier days of ABC No Rio. The space is available for rent for events when art workshops or community outreach programs are being held for local residents. At night it serves as a concert venue giving up and coming musicians the chance to perform, with tickets coming at a generous price. The Living Gallery moved to its Broadway location in 2013.