From my LiveJournal, written by me about an hour or two ago:
"...And I am worried. My friend in NYC is missing. He is a painter. He sells paintings in SoHo in front of the Swatch store on West Broadway. His name is Lawrence. I haven't been able to get a hold of him, all his phone numbers are disconnected now. I even tried emailing him, he hasn't gotten in touch with me. With the winter and only being able to sell on the street I fear he may have lost the roof over his head. If any of you girls in NYC go to SoHo and someone's willing to check on him for me on the weekend (because you are going there anyways), please see if he's out there selling and ask him if everything is ok... I would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise I think I might have to get on a plane soon, because I haven't been able to get a hold of him for months and this is not normal...."
Street artists on West Broadway are feeling shock, anger and worry after Councilmember Alan Gerson’s recent bombshell announcement to them that proposed regulations would either restrict their numbers or relocate them outside the area to a pier or vacant lot.
But Gerson insists that he has not yet decided upon a concrete proposal.
“We have a task force that is going to make recommendations later on in March,” Gerson said. “The task force is considering a range of recommendations to relieve sidewalk overcrowding, including several recommendations put forward by artist vendors themselves. It’s too premature to comment on any particular suggestions.”