FABnyc was founded 17 years ago by a dozen cultural and community groups on East 4th Street. We were all in city owned buildings which we had homesteaded for years — but the city had decided it was time to sell the properties. We organized, created FAB, and with a lot of community support, were able to purchase 8 properties for $1 each – making them permanent homes for nonprofit arts and culture. Affordable workspace for artists is a huge need in New York. FAB launched Dance Block six years ago – working with local studios to provide $10/hour rehearsal space. Now more than 600 choreographers and small companies make work each year through Dance Block. In 2018 we’re working to open up more affordable space with a pilot project serving theater and performance artists.