Driving to work one day, I slowed down to see the smoldering, charred building a few blocks away. Firefighters were still hosing it down, but you could see the outline of what was once a productive, proud complex.
The fire is finally out at the NEST’s original headquarters, the old Casco factory on Hancock. I don’t know what kind of intelligent commentary I can add, other than my general observation that for sturdy brick buildings, these old artist-loft spaces seem awfully flammable (see: Remington artist lofts). It’s disgusting to see these spaces disappear. Their hugeness invites so many creative possibilities.
Fortunately, former Post photographer Jesse Neider is sharing his portraits he took there a few years ago.
And happily, NEST lives on, as does its spirit, in a factory on Fairfield Avenue.