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I've always said if I ever won the lottery one of the first things I would do is buy a big, beautiful prewar apartment building and rent apartments to artists and writers for next to nothing. Build in studio space, libraries, hire a chef…. Of course, I'd have to buy a lottery ticket for that to happen.

I happened across your website today as I was researching my corrupt landlord who just sold our 10 unit building out from underneath us and our "leases." Finding your site was like a breath of fresh air and restored a little faith in me. I look forward to seeing the listings.

Thanks for doing such a great thing.

– Salita

I love your listings! I've shared it with multiple friends who've immediately recognized its value. Thank you! Funny thing, I enjoy reading the listings each week even though I have no plans to move in the immediate future and usually don't need a sublet.

– Marissa

First of all, thank you so so SO much for all the work you put into the listings project. We are all so lucky to have it and it is an invaluable resource in this insane city.

– Natan

Thank you! I tried to rent my place on Craig's List and heard nothing for 2 weeks. I was in a panic and confused. I finally gave up and listed my place on your list and was flooded with responses the first hour and I heard from great people. I also listed my place on another listing site and there was no comparison. The people from your list are trustworthy and personable. I am not sure how you do it. There was not one unkind person who called me. I rented my place a week ago. Thank you for magically gathering all of New York City's polite, interesting and kind artists and people.

– Laurie

Stephanie,

I imagine I'm replying to a semi-automated message, but wanted to say thanks for the confirmation and how glad I am that your project is still thriving! It's great to have such a targeted list focused on a large community of artists with shared needs. Keep up the great work!

– Justin

Just wanted to let you know that I found an awesome subletter through your Listings Project! I really couldn't be more impressed with the people who got in touch through your email, and I'm so grateful to have been introduced to your Listings Project to find someone so perfect to sublet my place! Thanks so much!! Best,

– Stacy Lee

Just wanted to let you know your list seriously ROCKS! I've had so much interest (even without the pics!) and have already booked my dates for May. You are the best! xoxoxo

– Tarra

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had listing my studio space on Listings Project. I had heard of your emails through friends of ours. So when I finally subscribed, I realized what an amazing thing you were doing! Especially for artists, and especially because it's New York! Anyway, I had a really stressful move, moving both my studio and apartment in the same month (never do that!!). As I'm sure you know, a studio is really personal, and I loved my old space and wanted to pass it on to someone nice. I listed my studio and within minutes of when you sent that weeks list, I had 15 emails with interested parties, and the emails kept coming through days later. It gave me so many choices to find the right person, and I ended up renting my space to another artist who found me because of your list. Having my studio taken care of, was a huge relief and eased so much of the stress of moving. Anyway, please keep up all the good work you are doing and Happy Spring!

– eloise

It looks like I found an adorable young Brooklyn couple – and entrepreneur and progressive policy person w/the city, to rent our upstate studio here in Palenville, NY. They’ll probably be using it mostly as a weekend base for hiking the many trails around here. I had an overwhelming response from Craigslist, and many from The Listing Project, but the ones that came to me from you, were overall more interesting and unique, as expected. Carry ON!

– Barbara

Your Listings Project cuts through the cacophony of social media with a direct weekly email. After flogging my summer studio sublet on Facebook/twitter/Instagram with no results, I posted my listing with you. Moments after Listings went out, I received a number of inquiries. By mid-afternoon I cherry-picked the one that seemed just right (AND it turned out we had mutual friends). We met at the space the next day and sealed the deal. awesome! thanks!!

– Joy

I have to say that I am a little overwhelmed by the response we've received, over 100 emails, each one from someone who sounds incredible and there is despair I didn’t expect to encounter that, although I should have. The housing situation in New York is so brutal. I just wanted to say thank you again for providing a service where perfect matches can be made, and where we as landlords can make at least one household a happy one. I so wish we could work it out for the rest of all these deserving people.

– Margot

I simply wanted to thank you for this wonderful service you provide us New Yorkers with. I have been both a person looking to rent, and a person looking for a renter using your list, and I find that the people you have connected me to are high quality, interesting, safe, and intelligent based on the folks I have interviewed with. I am excited to continue referring my friends, students, and colleagues to your list, and please, please just keep doing what you are doing! Many thanks,

– Allison (Artist/Professor in Brooklyn)

First let me say that your list serve has bene the single best thing I've come across while making the move back to NYC! It is a rare gem.

– Sarah

First off, thank you. A friend told me about this list, and after seeing it for the first time, I think it's terrific. Thanks for working to help out the city's creatives.

– Daniel

Your listings are the first place I go to when I need to find a tenant for one of my studios.

– Bert

This is my third time listing - the other 2 times I got the most amazing subletters while I was traveling. There's something special about your list... I always meet the best people!

– Hannah

First off I want to say this project is amazing. Although I have yet to find a fit I really love looking at the email every week. It doesn't feel at all stressful, but yet very exciting :) Again love this project!

– Christina

I posted two weeks ago, have a great roommate starting January, you and your list come thru each time, as rare at it is. That you for creating a safe and reliable vetted list for all of us.

– Claudia

THANK YOU! I learned of your site yesterday through a friend, it was like opening up all the doors at once that had been locked for so long. I cannot tell you what a great help you have provided by your efforts! Thank you so much! I found a studio! After only two weeks using your list. It's been a dream for so long! I believe that you are helping artists more then you could possibly imagine. For the record Thank You!!! Wishing you great success!

– Betsy

Hi Stephanie, We haven't met but I've been on your list for a few years. I first moved to NYC 7 years ago with a bunch of guys and we lived in two giant lofts in Bushwick. We lived and held events, workspaces etc. in the space. It was called Flushnik and we used your list to find several GREAT live/work roommates. Whenever we connected with someone through your list they were awesome. Since then I've gotten married, moved to the Bronx, and started an arts non-profit with my wife Emily called Spark and Echo Arts. Honestly one of the biggest inspirations for this non-profit was your project. I remember admiring how you managed to share your creativity and your fine artistic talents while serving a need in a larger community so well. You are practical, creative and kind all at once. We wanted to follow your lead and create a project that shared what we do artistically AND enabled others to be more creative. I just wanted to thank you for creating your listings project and inspiring so much along the way. Thanks!!!

– Jonathon

You know, this is the first time that I have received Listings Project in my inbox (I just subscribed on Monday) but I am already in love with it! I appreciate so much that there exists a community of artists helping each other out and I want to say how thankful I am that you've created this network.

– Sam

I rented the studio immediately. Thank you so much!

– Martha

Thanks Stephanie, your list is fabulous!

– Martin

Thanks very much. You provide a much needed service to many people who value it greatly.

– Karin

Listings project is such a treat every time it opens in my Inbox. There are so many options of great spaces and even better people to share them with. I have found my apt and my studio on The listings Project. Any time I hear that someone’s looking for a place I interrupt their conversation and tell them to sign up for listings project. Thanks for all your hard work Stephanie diamond!

– Kennedy

My partner and I found an amazing loft apartment in Bushwick on Listings Project. It's unbelievably beautiful and we couldn't be happier with this new space. Our roommate is an artist, like myself, and our interests overlap in many areas. She has lived there for 13 years and the apartment is designed and filled with great artwork and furniture, and matched our aesthetic perfectly. Thanks!

– John

I just wanted to take a quick moment to express my gratitude for your email on November 1. Your email with a list of [Sandy] relief organizations was the very first I received. As the Director of Community Service at a small liberal arts College (which was closed for a week) your message was so helpful to our students wanting to help those effected but unsure where to go. Thank you! Sending you genuine appreciation and gratitude.

– Misty

Thank you Stephanie, for your continuing investment in our community. Time and again, Listings Project fosters a sense of connectedness to those who I share values with but may not be able to be in touch with otherwise. Thanks for continuing this inspiring work. Xo

– Danielle

Thank YOU for running the project. I'm always so excited to meet members of this community. Everyone is pretty much awesome.

– Erik

I fully expected to be thanking you for the renter but the peace of mind was more valuable! I have just had a broker come in with someone who is taking the apt. They could have saved a lot of money with your service. Thank you so much for your fabulous listing! It was the key to my mental health this last month when a renter left a deposit then changed her mind without notice. Your ad consistently brought viable renters. I am telling everyone looking about this great resource!

– Susan

I had been using the spare room in my apt along with my boyfriend as work studio for about a year and a half. Simultaneously we had several artist friends passing through who would stay with us and use the room to live and work. This gave us the motivation to fill the room more permanently. We posted on Craigslist and Stephanie Diamond’s List. Craigslist brought us some interesting prospects but the Diamond List proved more legitimate as the people who discovered us here seemed more reliable and well rounded. I believe this is because of the way Diamond curates her listings, not just anything makes it on there.

Only one person out of 30+ called before hand to talk in person. She was very nice and instantly I felt comfortable talking with her over the phone . She had her questions inline and was very serious about her presentation and desire to see the space. She had me laughing on the phone, like I was talking with a good friend. I had a feeling about her just from those few moments.

We gathered the emails that came in from Craigslist and Diamond’s List, narrowed them down, and set up appointments. We had pressed coffee and scones, muffins, and danishes laid out on a nice spread on the table in the common area. This was an effort to make them feel welcome and comfortable so they could relax and imagine themselves in the environment of our apartment. The stress and anxiety of meeting potential housemates can really grate on your persona, especially in a big city, making you nervous and less likely yourself, we wanted to avoid that.

The interview process took all day and went very well. We met people who we had coincidental connections, artists who would make great drinking buddies, and then at last we met the girl from the phone call. She was the only person who came with printed references and letters of renters recommendation. She had the right kind of energy - soft and honest with a balance that we needed in the apartment. She had a great sense of humor, she was involved in something non-visual art related (which brought a new perspective and diversity), and she was humble, kind, honest, and generous. We could see her becoming a good friend and delightful person to be around day to day, week to week, month to month, etc.

Needless to say, we offered her the room and she happily took it. After about a year of living with her, now, we can't imagine not having her in our lives. She is a special person and we feel lucky that she found us. If it weren't for Stephanie Diamond List we may never have made the connection. Now I always recommend people in search to sign up for the Diamond List first and leave Craigslist as a last resort.

Thank you Stephanie Diamond - you changed our lives!

– Donald

I was Su's landlord (see Listings Poject Story last week.) She did, indeed, keep telling me to join your list in order to find a new tenant when she moved out. I finally did and met so many wonderful prospective tenants -- it was an embarrassment of riches. I found myself wishing I had many more apartments to rent out so I wouldn't have to turn anyone down. We ended up with a wonderful tenant who just moved in on Monday. Thank you!

– Alex

I'm a huge fan of your listing service. A few years ago it led me to the best sub-let imaginable and I've recommended it to countless friends, including my current landlord who just successfully rented my apt. Thanks to your list! Such successful expressions of community in this big busy city are few and far between.

– Su

Not sure how the magic happens but it does. 24 year old has worn out his couch surfing privileges, mother in California starting to hyperventilate, obsessively checking creepy craiglist. Listings project pulls through, all is well. Thank you!!

– Ellen

Thank you, Stephanie. Your list and the people on it help make New York special. Cheers

– Jan

If not for you, I wouldn't have been able to swap my house as often as I have! You've been a lifesaver.

– Whitney

The whole thing feels like a small family, in this city of tough rentals and the like.

– Henry

Thank you very much for including me on the Listings Project mailing list. I would like to request my removal from the emails. I have found a place to live, and, though it wasn't one of you listings, I have so enjoyed reading about and considering the abundance of options a young artist has when choosing a place to live and/or work. You do us all a lovely service. Thanks again.

– Charlotte

I am an artist and new owner of a three family house in Greenpoint. I am still getting the landlord thing down, and, as I live in the house, was looking for some kind and like-minded tenants, without having to do tons of legwork. Within hours of the listing coming out I had eight emails, all from such nice-sounding people. A lovely couple who are relocating from England were the first to write to me and to look at the place, and they made a great impression on me. We have just signed a lease and I know I will be so happy to have them in my house! Thank you so much for a great service.

– Barbara

Just wanted to give huge props to the Listings Project for providing me a place to stay in between apartment searching. I'm in the Coast Guard and recently re-located from Portland, OR and the listings project bequeathed me a cute sublet in Boreum Hill, right near the R train for daily Staten Island commute. Thank you!

– Hannah

Our listing as of last Wednesday the 1st, for a sublet in Bed-Stuy was successfully and once again amazingly filled as only the listing project can fulfill! You can take the listing down so the list can stay fresh and in the NOW! Thank you again for all your help/work!

– Kevin

Thank you for your excellent listing and assistance. I did find a renter on your lising despite being on 3 others and I had the most responses and the most qualified people coming from your listing. I heard you speak at the LMCC and now your artist's business speaks directly. How exciting to have that growth and to have reinvented an industry. All the best and I will certainly look forward to using your service again.

– Susan

My husband and I found our apartment through your list and we are ever so grateful. We adore our new home and have the most amazing landlords. We are so appreciative of the people you attract through you list, it's incredible really. Finding a home is one of the most challenging things to do in NYC so we appreciate you connecting those that you do.

– Suzanne

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing such a great service. The renters that I have found through the listings project have been great, and I refer people to your site regularly.

– Colleen

I wanted to thank you so much .... I found a wonderful roommate for June/July from your list!! An actress from Ottawa. we have a beautiful, respectful, spacious dance going and we are both grateful.

– Cyndy

Thank you so much for everything! Your website is a godsend and a total life saver! I don’t know what I would have done with out it! You are doing an amazing job.

– Lilly

Great minds think alike! Thank you Stephanie and thank you Carla for making our day.

– Karin Laansoo

I've been subscribing to your Listings Project for a number of years now. I'm Australian, and first moved to New York in 2008 to complete my Masters at NYU. The Listings Project was pretty much invaluable to me as I negotiated my way around living in New York, and it's been invaluable to the many friends I've passed it along to. I'm sure you receive many 'thank you's, but I wanted to add my own voice to the choir!

I've been back in Australia for a year or so now, but am planning a move to Los Angeles in August. I was wondering if you knew of any similar projects to yours running on the West Coast? Or maybe, my fingers are crossed, you already have a LA list?

Any suggestions you have the time to provide would be very gratefully received.

– Alana

As a newly retired professor who just moved from Manhattan (after 32 years) to Williamsburg finding a studio was a challenge. Thanks to the listings I found what is the perfect, private, quiet space I needed. I am thrilled and excited to have the first out of house studio in my life. Here's to new beginnings.

– Carol

Hey Stephanie. Just wanted to let you know that it all worked out and that I'm now happily ensconced in the East Village in the apartment advertised. Thanks a zillion for your service in providing these listings. What can I say? All the 20-somethings on Craig's List looking for someone to par-tay on the patio just didn't do it for this nice middle-aged writer:) So happy to be living with another adult in a great location. Again, my thanks.

– Nancy

Wow, Stephanie, The list had barely come out and my apartment was subletted! For now on when I go away, I come straight to you. One thing taken care of, now I can concentrate on a share for the gallery space. Thank you!

– Maddy

Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for the email. I'll see if I get a response today from your listings. It's still great that people have looked at your site and sent an inquiry through my personal email on my website. I think you listings project is fantastic!!! Thanks again!

– Kiley

Hello Stephanie, Your mail is pretty incredible. Thank you for your generous work. I found my current beautiful housemate in greenpoint through your site and its been such a great experience.

– Yael

I just signed the lease on my new studio! Thanks so much for your service which put me in touch with a great location less than a day after I joined the list.

– Nayland Blake

I am so excited I rented my space for the summer the morning the ad was published for the first time on your list. He is a painter and a really great person. Your list is a godsend. Thank you for helping artists in a really productive way.

– Ginger

I found my apt through your list in Sept 2011. It's a cozy studio in the LES w/ the rare bonus of a bathroom bigger than cubbyhole. The day I saw the listing, I emailed the current tenant ASAP. She was looking for someone to take over her lease, and I set up an appt to view the apt for the very next day. I was the first person to view it, and I ended up getting the lease and moved in 3 weeks later. It's been a great building and apt to live in - and I know I wouldn't have been able to afford a place like this w/o your list. Yay for evading brokers' fees!

– Danielle

We are a danish couple from Denmark, Copenhagen. We are studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, The Designschool. Emil is studying industriel design and I'm studying illustration and graphic design. We have always dreamed of coming to New York for an internship. And this February we succeded in findes both great internships and the best and most sunny apartment in Brooklyn. We found the apartment through your mailinglist. We are interning in two different studios. Our apartment is luckely placed 20 minutes from our work. The apartment is perfect for us, because there is a lot of lights, a small garden, great furniture and it's even a very sweet neighborhood. And our host, is very helpful and friendly, we have a really good contact with her, eventhough she's in China.

We couldn't have found a better place for our stay in New York! Thank you so much for your fantastic mailinglist.

– Emil & Sofie

I am writing on behalf of my roommate, Mariel Sol, because she is working right now and because our household is so grateful to Listings Project! Mariel searched quite a few places before she found our place on the Listings Project. She visited a slew of places where either the space or the roommates left a lot to be desired [maybe mariel would have a sentence to describe that here]. We had interviewed people via Skype walking through for weeks. But we knew she was a great fit when she let us know she loved the space as much as we did. She is a musician and we are visual artists so we understood eachother's need to create but also the need for peaceful domestic home base that is so hard to find here. A week after she moved in I was diagnosed with cancer. I think I was expecting someone that new to the household would leave at that point or hide or something, but instead that is when we all bonded. She immediately jumped in volunteering to cook and babysit me whenever needed and her spirit truly helped keep the energy of the home upbeat and positive. It is a very long process to go through treatment and to heal, but she is there for me even still. I am so grateful for Listing Project because I feel like it's sense of two-degrees of separation, the pool of creatives, that other housing classifieds lack gave us a better shot at finding eachother. Now I help her make selections for imagery on her new album and she helps me schlep materials for exhibition installations. I don't think I could have found someone that quickly, seamlessly and with such a good match without the Listings Project. Thank you!

– Heather

A friend of mine recommended your listings project after I tweeted my frustration about apartment hunting in NYC. After about two listings, I found the exact apartment that I wanted, and was selected from 12 other individuals who interviewed for it. My landlords live downstairs from my new apartment (a situation that I have turned down several times prior to finding this place), and they are AWESOME! I'm moving to the new place soon, but I already have a bond with both of them. Who could ask for a better situation?

– Akilah

Hi Stephanie, This anecdote didn't take place in the last six months but I think it speaks to the special nature of this project, i.e., the creative community it serves. I moved to NY in fall 2009 to attend grad school. I was looking for something very particular - a time share for Thursday- Sunday in NYC, so I could live upstate during the week for classes. I also could not spend more than 500 per month! I posted a listing with this particular set of needs and heard back immediately. An artist who had a studio and home also up the Hudson River was looking for a time share partner, while she teaches in the city during the week. It worked out perfectly! She kept the apt from Mon to Wed, and I stayed there Thurs to Sunday. She already had a small studio in Williamsburg that only cost 700 per month (an even more rare situation!), and we split the rent b/t us! There were times when our days in the city overlapped, which allowed us to have lovely conversations about our practices and about art in general. None of this would've been possible through Craigslist, and only through something like the Listings Project. Though the situation was only temporary, I always cite this as my incredible NY living situation story. It was such a lovely confluence of circumstances and even more lovely to be shared by two people with deep investments in art.

Congratulations on the success of your project thus far.

– Michelle

We're 2 architects recently transplanted from Montreal and we sidestepped the NYC apartment hunt frustrations completely by using your list. We're now happily installed in a beautifully restored brownstone in Bed Stuy and gained new friends in our landlords below and neighbors above. We also used the listing to arrange our replacement in our old shared apartment. All the people that came were excellent and our former roommate is now living with a good friend of one of her old friends. Happy connections all around. Thanks for all your hard work,

– Nicko and Ksenia

It's really a wonderful service that you provide. I'm very impressed. And I love reading the listings, even better than reading the personals.

– Joanne

I was looking for a roommate, frantically and last minute, which seems to be the most effective way to get these things done. I posted to your list once, along with Craig's list. I posted to your list twice. The end of my lease came and went.

Frantic turned to fever as I started second guessing my instincts and forgetting to trust: THAT THE PERFECT ROOMMATE WAS LOOKING FOR ME AND WE WERE BEING BROUGHT TOGETHER NOW.

Then, I met a girl from Germany, she seemed calm and friendly enough but more importantly time was of the essence and she decided immediately in the affirmative to share my apartment. This was one or two days after my lease was up so I was overjoyed for any roomy bites which hinted at compatibility.

Needless to say, we live in a small apartment and have been living together now for four months, she has morphed from stranger into BFF:). Where I am weak she is strong and vice versa, so our relationship is enriched in learning about each other and ourselves. The ways we click are so many it is uncanny. Strange and wondrous are the ways...I am so glad you are facilitating the weird and wondrous. Matchmaking is an artistry (wizardry) all its' own!

Thank you Stephanie!

– Bryn

I was going to a residency and needed a subletter who would be kind to my apartment and my cat. After two weeks of getting no good prospects on Facebook, I posted to your list. Lightning quick, I received about 8 inquiries, all from people who would have been perfect. The first person I met was my dream subletter; he FedExed me research materials I had left behind, took great care of my cat, and improved my apartment with subtle interior design touches. I'm very grateful!

– Sara

I can't believe the response we got from your listing. It was overwhelming. We met so many great people and found a great new roommate who is already getting settled in. Sorry to all those we didn't get to respond to. Anyway, we just want to thank you. Your help made this whole process so smooth and painless!

– Rhea & Megan

Dear Stephanie, I posted an ad for a roommate a few months ago. it worked out great! we now live happily with a super sweet person from Scotland who bakes yummy cakes, yay!

we even knit together and we collaborate on a project for which we knit little hats for teapots. who knows, it might become a business.

so thank you very much for taking the time and putting in the effort in maintaining this network.

again thanks for all the great work, it really makes new york a better place for creative people.

– Mathieu!

Hello Stephanie! Thanks for your email. Thank you again for all of your help and effort - I always have great responses from the list every time I look for a sublet. OK! Have a happy V-day!

– Makiko

Dear Stephanie, I was tipped to your email from a friend, and I must say, your elegant, assuring prose is an island in the stormy waters of New York real estate. Thank you for your work with this, and I look forward to the messages.

– Drake

Thanks Stephanie! Your list is so essential to my New York experience. many thanks

– Ian

Thanks again Stephanie I appreciate it. Have found multiple awesome roommates thru your listing.

– Joey

Hi Stephanie, Thanks a lot! I've had great luck with finding an apartment through your listings, so hopefully I'll be as lucky in renting! Thank you for all your hardwork, it's a fantastic resource you've provided.

– Sarena

YAY! I felt such gratitude last night, when I submitted my listing, for your presence in my life AND for the amazing work your doing! The Listings Project is such a gift to all of us.

– Natasha

I must tell you I have received more than 20 emails in the last 24 hours and think I have decided upon the first person who came to see the room. I had multiple conversations with several of the respondees and may keep in touch with a few of them for later dates... when they will be in the country and looking for a space. Thank you ever so much! Your listing service is wonderful and I will recommend it to my friends as my friend recommended it to me. The quality of the responses was super. As a matter of fact I have responded to each person who replied (about 30) and have told them all I am sure they will find something great on your listings and have told numerous friends about you! I will look forward to my next visit to the listings..

– Patricia

I had my studio posted for rent on art supply bulletin boards and through Craigslist and only got two responses in 3 weeks. Someone told me about your site, I listed it and within one week I had about 30 responses. I just rented it to the first person who contacted me from your listing. I really appreciate what you are doing. It was tremendously helpful for me, I will continue to use it and spread the word to others that I know. Thank you so much.

– Monica

really really love that email u shared stephanie thx for the new year inspiration and always paying it forward!

– ali

I got a great response which is a testament to the power of the Listings Project and the art community it serves. I will definitely be using the Listings project in the future. Kudos to everyone who keeps the Listings Project up and running.

– Carl

Thanks so much! The site is beautiful, and I really like the way the listing is presented.

– Lydia

Dear Stephanie, I think your Listing Project is awesome and amazing! And I'm so glad its a part of my life.

– Bob

I was amazed to have three responses as soon as the ad came out, two of which want the space. Awful to pick, but what a lucky spot to be in!. I've selected one, and it's been a joy and such an easy thing to work with you. Thank you so much

– Susan

thanks to your Listing Project, I found very nice tenants for my apartment. I have to say that the people who came from your connection were much nicer and real professionals compared to the ones I received from craigslist. it was worth for me to place an ad in your listings and i will recommend it to all my good and nice friends. Let's keep it professional!!

– Anna

To my lovely, beautiful, talented, cousin Steph who i miss dearly, You've made another great connection! in looking for someone to keep subletting while i'm in berlin, I found (well I didn't even find, my current subletter kerry who already independently knew about your list forwarded me!) a post by Lily, who is a lovely woman here from australia for theater. i got in touch, she saw my place, we skyped, and i feel so happy and comfortable that she will be renting. so between you, myself, kerry, and lily, a wonderful, smooth, easy, trustworthy transition was created on all sides. so you've now had a hand in helping me continue with this journey.

– Rachel

The Last time I listed my Luminous Loft for sublet I said to myself: the first person to call is the perfect person, so it was, a great one in every way. That was six months ago, now I just posted a new one starting December 1st 2011 and I know it will be as great! Thanks for this safe space.

– Marisela

Hi Stephanie, I've been waiting to tell my listing story. August 2010, I was returning to the city from summer break with the goals of finding a shop and finding true love. I gave a friend a ride back to New York and on the way she said she would forward me the listings project. Next month I found a 3 car garage in Williamsburg and went to go see it. I ended up renting it, building a soundproof masonry band rock room inside it, building robot drummers in the shop outside it, and dating the girl who rented me the room. Now I live with her next to the shop and we are very happy together. My robots won 6 blue ribbons at Maker Faire at the hall of science. I am almost finished recording a full length album in the studio, IT IS ALL REALLY AWESOME! Thanks for your help in this you big angel you!

– Tim

Sorry I couldn't give $25 for my listing; I just moved, and money is still tight...but I love what you do with this listing and wanted to give as much as I could. I had amazing success with subletting my last apartment, so much that the tenant has become a good friend!

– Heather

Hi Stephanie, I'd been thinking about getting a work studio for a few weeks. My friend recommended I used Listings Project so she forwarded me the email and I subscribed. I browsed it casually for a few Wednesdays until one day I decided to check out one of the listings for a work space in Greenpoint. When I called I immediately got an appointment for later in that afternoon to come look at the building and I ended up putting a deposit down and signing the lease that day! I did not wake up Wednesday morning expecting to do that but I got exactly what I needed and it's perfect for me in every way! Thank you so much, I could have never done it if I were browsing classifieds myself.

– Gina

The last time I listed my studio in Manhattan, I had so many responses. But the first guy who called, and the first and only guy to see it, turned out to be the best subletter I ever had!

– E.F.

I had to share - I was talking to a fairly new friend on Saturday morning, and somehow we got on the subject of someone looking for an apartment. I (as usual) mentioned your list and said I'd forward it to her (I didn't call it by name, I just said, "I have this friend who has this great housing list-thing"). She said, "do you mean the Listing Project?" I smiled, and said, "Yea - that's my friend, Stephanie. In fact, I just danced with her last night!"

She told me that when she moved here from New Mexico, that's how she came here.... she found her place on your list. She said that Listing Project is "all the rage" in Santa Fe. Everyone knows about it...

I was so proud of you!!!

– Elyce

In the past I've rented to two different people from the List. Great roommates. One was an opera singer who was temporarily separated from her husband.. and finally got back together with him. Another was an actress and writer, who ultimately found a boyfriend and moved in with him. We keep in touch.. they are like adoptive daughters. I get the impression from reading your "stories" that other people have discovered to their delight that what started out as a business connection wound up as friendship. I wish you continued good luck with this "List". You provide a very worthwhile service and I think my job on the receiving end of that service is to remind you of that and thank you for it.

– Malcolm

I've been meaning to tell you this funny story. I was looking on Okcupid, the dating site, and I read in this guy's profile that he was looking for an art studio to rent. I wrote to him and sent your link and he wrote back that a few people on the site had already sent him your info already. Funny small world.

– Jaime

I got over 20 emails before 11am the same morning and had it rented by 7pm that day. Now that's efficient!!! Thanks again for your wonderful Listings Project.

– Minette

Dear Stephanie, I think your newsletter literally saved my life! I'd like to thank you for the most fabulous, livable apartment I have inhabited in NY. And also, not least, for bringing me to my two roommates, Joel and Michelle. Both were so kind when I recently fell ill, only two months after moving in. In fact, Michelle accompanied me to the E.R. So rest assured, you're saving lives :)

– Okka

Thanks Stephanie! Will share with you that I’ve loved subletting my place through the Project...meeting other artists, finding and sharing spaces in NY has been so easy and enriching. It’s a no-brainer to trust here...which can be such a concern with swaps and sublets -- live/work spaces are of such importance for creative people and the creative process. Thank-you for your effort and commitment, and for providing a place for artists to seek and find new environments. I LOVE to shake it up, this is a way to do it.

– Sara

Hey Stephanie, I had my rental unit posted on Craigslist for about a week before I could make your next posting. Absolutely dead - plus Craig's people are notoriously flaky. Yesterday when your listing came out my phone didn't stop ringing and the quality of serious people calling was high. Long & short is that I got it rented - to a friend of a friend. But the boost of your listing improved the paranoid state I was in after Craigslist. Sorry this sounds like a testimonial for a hair growth product. Thanks for being there.

– Bobby

Stephanie Each week, my girlfriend and I anxiously await the next edition of the Listings Project. Since we moved to New York, this has been the only sane, safe, reliable, and considerate venue for renting a new home.

And while we have not found our perfect permanent place yet, I love waking up each Wednesday morning and watching my girlfriend's face as she anxiously reads posts from wonderful Listings Project community. And as an aside, it is the only place we've seen so far that is 100% safe for the queer community.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment! You are a treasure!

– Hannah

Through the listings project I found an amazing couple from Montreal to sublet my place this past July. My apt was also in my landlords house, where one needs to share the common stair way, but my sublettors and my landlords got along famously given they all were artists!

– Darini

Thanks! My subletter is from one of your listings! The magic of stephanie's list is strong :)

– Sandra

Thank you Stephanie. I already got your first listing. It is fantastic!!

– Christian

Thanks Stephanie. And thanks for putting this together!

– Josh

Your project is precious!! I even told my real estate lawyer about it today :)

– Shlomit

I love stephanie diamond. She is an angel woman. :)

– Aylen

Hi Stephanie! I am moving from India to new york to study design at SVA. Sitting here in India and looking to find a place from here in less than a month ( so that I dont have to be stranded at the airport, when I get to new york ) has been giving me nightmares!

Have been going through the lists on craigslist which is even more stressful than the possibility of being stranded! A senior from SVA told me about you and told me to mail you!

I just wanted to tell you, that what you are doing is such an amazing thing, irrespective of me getting a place through your listing or not, I think its awesome that you found such a huge gap in student needs and are trying your best to fill it! Have already told a bunch of friends here too about it!

Looking for a place for two girls to stay, so if you know about some place do let me know! Cant wait to receive your listings! Thank you so much for your continued commitment to this project.

Good luck and Warm wishes from India

– Sana Rao

Thanks a lot for posting!!! I was happy to found a place trough your list. Next year I will try the same again, I am in love with Brooklyn now.

– Tanja

Thank you so much Stephanie! I am very impressed with your site, service and creating an artist network. Thank so much for doing this!

– Liselot

Your list is magic, its been less than 3 hours since the list came out, and i already have 8 responses! And I found a roomie from your list! I can't thank you enough. I had so many great people come by to see the place.

– Liza

Thanks Stephanie!

I have always scoured the Listings Projects even when I didn't need anything, but so glad to finally utilize it! Great idea/work/keep it up.

– Meg

Hi Stephanie

I bought one of the sandford biggers plates!! I love it..

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Hi Candida!

I remember sending it to you! I am so glad you love it!

Thanks for letting me know. It means a lot to me to hear this!

I love your work! I think we met when I was at Skowhegan in 2000, you were visiting for Trustee Weekend.

All the best Stephanie

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Wow.Stephanie:

that was a long time ago! So glad to re-connect. I am looking to spend time in New York! Will be great to catch up!

– Candida

Me: Is this the Kate Green that curated me for a show Bard in 2003? If so, hello. If not, hello!

Kate: Hey Stephanie! It is me! It has been a long, long time indeed. I have followed your work from afar (moved to TX for job at Artpace and now am in PhD program at UT Austin) but didn't know about your list until I started putting feelers out there to friends about finding a sublet. ALL ROADS seemed to lead to Stephanie's List. Everyone I asked wondered if I had yet hooked up with your list. BRAVO lady!

I hope I run into you when I am in NYC this summer.

– Kate

Thank you SO much, Stephanie. Your listing is a boon to people like me and super appreciated.

– Shonquis

Thanks, Stephanie. I have heard such great things about your project. Please let me know if you think my posting should be edited in any way. I trust you. Otherwise, I am happy and glad to be a part of your list.

– Mitra

Awesome, thank you!! And thanks for being so available to help. It makes a big difference.

– Jess

Dear Staphanie, Many thanks for your kind message. I am very much impressed by what you have been doing! I will do as you suggest (though obviously not quick enough to be in this week's Listings Project email).

– Fabian

Hi Steph, I think its completely fair that you charge for the listings. Although its an amazing project the 'curatorial' process if you will must take quite a bit of time. Thank you for all your diligent work. The project is a wonderful thing.

– Carrie

Move over Criags List ... Now there's something better! I can't thank you enough Stephanie. This service is perfect for more mature young artists I got so many more responses of people who are cool and in their 30's, instead of a bunch of 22 year old student responses I was getting from Craigslist. I found the best roommate ever! We have so much in common, and I can't wait for her to move in! Worth every penny and then some!

– Ella Luckett

Dear Stephanie, I believe paying the fee is totally worth it! I found my current roommate in the first four days after listing with you. I only had to list it once. Maybe it was luck, but I'd happily pay to have that success again. The post really turned up great people. Thank you for your service!

– Katherine

Hi Stephanie, Loving your service, Thank you! I have been going back and forth between yours and craigslist trying to help my daughter find a place in W'burg and notice there is like 0 scams on your list. How do you screen them out? Is it just the networked newness of your list or are you a genie too? thank you for your great intentions!

– John

Yipeeeeeeeee! Thank you so much! I love that you allow 10 pics as compared to Craig’s list only 4! I get so many brokers calling me to rep my apartment for rent, but I don’t believe in paying someone for that or making the other people pay! Who the heck has an extra 20% of rent hanging around, not me!?!

– Bridget McHugh

Stephanie, I think charging on a sliding scale for posting makes sense. I can imagine how much work it is to maintain the list. I don't want you to stop, so I wanted to make sure to contribute at least once a year even if I don't post!

– Danielle

Dear Stephanie, First of all I want to commend you on the Listings Project! I think you do a fantastic job and I've recommended your list to many people. I understand completely the need to charge a fee. You do a tremendous job! The people who have responded to my ads have all been respectable and accomplished people! I thank you very very much and I wish you continued success with the project. I hope you can even make some money from it in the future!

– Nancy
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