New York City Creative Footprint Report

About the project:

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Creative Footprint in NYC was a cultural impact study on the wellbeing of the live music scene in New York City.

The report asserts the importance of affordable creative space to a city centre’s social and economic health. The CFP NYC report recommends that affordable working creative spaces should be a vital component of all the boroughs, throughout the city.

Identifying music as a primary catalyst, the report processed and evaluated an extensive, brand new dataset. This dataset is collated from nearly 500 venues and 150 stakeholders based in New York City, with 15 data researchers and designers, as well as New Yorkers active and expert in the city’s music industry. The study is compiled of more than 25,000 data points with rich spatial analysis maps developed by the University of Pennsylvania’s applied research arm PennPraxis.

The New York Times published an article about the Creative Footprint report and shared some key insights.

  • Manhattan is packed with the most live music venues — and many of the city’s largest and oldest — but has the lowest number of so-called “experimental” spaces; Manhattan’s offerings are more mainstream and commercialized.
  • The most experimental spaces in the city are in Brooklyn and the Bronx. “The most creative stuff tends to happen in the outskirts, with a lot more of the mainstream programming happening closer to the areas where it’s much more expensive to be,” said Ross Gardiner, who helped compile the report.
  • But the most creative spaces are also the ones most at risk, according to Mr. Gardiner. “The economics of running a small venue like that are extremely challenging,” he told us. “They have a far greater influence on the unique, individual culture of a city, but they quite often tend to be the first ones swept away in the wave of gentrification.”

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