About

The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC's most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.

Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Festival said, “From my perspective and that of many others, UnionDocs plays an essential role in the landscape of serious, exciting, ethically grounded moviemaking in New York City, and by extension in the country. There are many, many documentary organizations and collectives, film festivals and initiatives, but there are only a precious few that fulfill their missions so steadfastly, and fewer still whose missions are based on such a clear understanding of documentary filmmaking.” Therefore, the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio represents a new and alternative fellowship model, offering residency and visa support for six participants coming from abroad and an equal number of spots for local, non-resident participants. It is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make CoLAB their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections.

UnionDocs is not simply the host for this activity, it takes an active role producing the collection of short documentary works that comprise the collaborative project. The Executive Artistic Director and the Executive Producing Director act as Program Directors and lead the group through an incremental process where new ideas and new partnerships form; each participant finding their own avenues of creative contribution. The Program Directors choose the theme or focus for the year and resources and research to support this direction are gathered. Regular readings and assignments for seminars stimulate creativity, open discussion and debate, and offer a common set of references for the group. Master classes with visiting artists provide encouragement, inspiration and exposure to a diverse set of conceptual perspectives and practical methods. As projects reach their final edit, unique plans for exhibition and distribution are formulated.

The Brooklyn Rail summed it up with the title of their feature article: "UnionDocs Brings Auteurs Together". For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or strengthened careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of documentary art.

 

 

The UnionDocs Collaborative Program receives support from:
New York Council of the Arts Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesArt Works. Arts.govRBF Logopms NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Ablecine.Com

               

APPLICATION DEADLINE:          Early -- March 4, 2016          Regular -- March 18, 2016.         Late -- April 1, 2016.

               

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Primary Benefits

  • Over 30 seminars and masterclasses with visiting artists and experts. Participants attend private masterclasses and seminars with more than thirty visiting experts; artists, curators, producers, critics, and academics who represent some of the most exciting voices in the documentary field.

    For a masterclass, a visiting artist often shares the detailed history of a particular project from both a practical and a theoretical perspective, and then enters into an extended discussion with the group about the different creative and practical aspects of project development. For a seminar, a visiting expert will generally present a short lecture and then engage the group in a close reading of the week's assigned media and texts.
  • The central goal of the program is the production of an annual project, a unique collaborative documentary work, offering a way for a group of talented individuals to propose, develop and author (or co-author) original pieces within a pre-defined framework. The annual project approaches a singular subject from multiple perspectives, in multiple media, following multiple stories, in order to develop a fascinating collection of interrelated short works.

    The final manifestation of the whole project varies from year to year as a suitable constellation of formats are chosen by the Program Directors; one year's project might be a collection of short films and a book, another might end up as an installation and a website. All projects will be shown first at UnionDocs and then seek broader channels of distribution including festivals, museums, DIY events, online streaming, and/or broadcast.

    CoLAB projects have been shown at The Museum of Modern Art's Documentary Fortnight and PS1, BAMcinemaFest, The Brooklyn Museum, True/False Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival, Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Fordham University’s Ildiko Butler Gallery, the docXchange initiative at HotDocs, Visible Evidence 18, Direktorenhaus and the Volksbuehne in Berlin, DocNYC, ExDoc, TEDxBrooklyn, in temporary installations in vacant urban space, in DIY presentations in church basements, and at large open outdoor events in NYC.

  • In pursuing inventive documentary projects, CoLAB operates differently than a traditional film/art program, laboratory, or fellowship. Applicants do not arrive with pre-existing projects that they are hoping to advance nor work exclusively on independent interests. It is also not the case that the group must agree as a collective upon creative decisions.

    Instead, we endeavor to bring a set of independent voices and perspectives together to focus on a shared theme through a well-organized process. This allows for a balance of creative autonomy and shared responsibility, where participants cooperate and invest in each other's work but have security in their own vision. Three or more person partnerships often form, and individuals may play different roles on different projects. In this way, the production as a whole may embrace contradictions and diverse aesthetics in a multi-dimensional representation of the shared subject.
  • Fellows also have open access to the Documentary Bodega Series. This public series includes over 100 events from September to July, representing the best in contemporary and historical non-fiction in film/video, sound, writing, photography, and interactive work.

    With a 70 seat capacity, the audiences at UnionDocs are small but very dedicated. Sophie Fiennes, whose film "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema" was one of our first events, wrote us that "It is these kinds of screenings that I really like, as I believe in the collective event of cinema." The intimate and somewhat non-conventional environment at UnionDocs has made for truly great conversations and the participants of the UnDo CoLAB are often at the core of the discussion. Participants find this regular interaction with the wider NYC documentary community to be a very useful experience.

    Based on individual initiative and with guidance from the Founder/Executive Artistic Director, participants may curate public events, bringing the artists of their choice for masterclasses and presentations.

  • The CoLAB is split equally between residents and non-residents. Six resident participants live in the two apartments at 322 Union Avenue, while non-resident participants set up their housing independently or already live in NYC.

    322 Union Ave is a great place to live in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a lot of shared resources and opportunities for fun while also having adequate privacy and comfort. There are three floors, a big second story porch, and a beautiful backyard with plants tended by UnionDocs. The two floors above the commercial first floor space consist of 6 nicely-sized bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a shared kitchen, dining room and study room. Both have wood floors, get lots of light, and were recently renovated. Bedrooms can be locked, but common spaces are shared by the six residents and staff. The apartments are furnished, so residents need only bring their personal items. The building also has high-speed internet and a washer and dryer. The location is close to excellent transportation, making most spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn within a short subway ride.

    International applicants have priority for the residency option, as we have found that it can be difficult to arrange long-term housing when arriving in NYC from abroad, especially in September. However, any applicants to the program may choose to be considered for a spot in the residency because they are attracted to the kind of dynamic interaction and inspiration that can come from an intentional living arrangement. The CoLAB resident participants may also have a bit of an advantage given the distraction and dispersion present in NYC. Having a place to come back to after work or play, where roommates share a vision and are involved in an ongoing experience is something pretty unique in the city. It would be very hard to replicate the density of conversations and the frequent opportunities for ideas and relationships to grow that you find living at 322 Union.

    At the same time, it is also clear that this type of living situation is not appropriate for everyone who would benefit from participation in the CoLAB. Therefore, the program is also open to non-residents. We find this mix to be stimulating and productive.

    Details on the residency can be found here.

  • AbelCine is one of the industry’s most comprehensive sources for state-of-the-art camera equipment and accessories and is renowned for their technical support and training. Through a new partnership with AbelCine, UnionDocs fellows will have access to a higher level of production. AbelCine is providing the organization with 8 weeks of use of a Canon C300, the professional video camera currently rated highest by documentary filmmakers. Fellows will be trained to use this camera through a full day workshop on the C300 ($250 value). AbelCine is also offering fellows significant discounts on additional classes and equipment rentals.
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  • As this program is intended for individuals who must regularly produce work, it is best for participants to own or have easy access to the basic tools for their preferred approach to documentary arts. Prices for simple high quality digital video and audio recorders are reasonable and editing software is very accessible. At its current scale of operation, UnionDocs cannot fully support the equipment needs of all participants simultaneously. That said, UnDo does have a professional edit suite that can be booked by participants. This is especially useful for group and final edits. UnDo also has a high quality video and audio package plus many accessories that can be used on CoLAB projects. In addition, participants also often share their personal equipment and UnDo can sometimes facilitate relationships with vendors that may allow affordable rentals of specialty gear. Finally, we are avid supporters of DIY-strategies, and encourage creative forms of documentary that make intelligent use of available tools.

    While access to some basic equipment is provided, knowledge is freely shared, and cooperation is encouraged, this program does not provide specialized technical training. Rather, it is designed for resourceful individuals who learn by doing and do not view technical aspects as barriers to creativity and production. If necessary, we can recommend several local organizations that can provide technical training to complement your involvement in the CoLAB.

  • UnionDocs is located at 322 Union Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The first floor is a commercial space run by the UnionDocs staff. It includes the gallery/screening room, a tech booth, a professional editing suite, a small office, access to a large backyard garden, and access to the basement which has been soundproofed and has a DIY isolation booth for recording interviews, voice-over or even bands. Resources on the first floor are available to CoLAB fellows within the schedule of the spaces other operations.
  • In January, we gather in a retreat environment for each fellow to pitch up to two ideas for potential production. Through a rigorous presentation and discussion process a selection of the projects to produce that year is made. Program directors, fellows and attending board or advisory committee members participate in the selection of the works that will be produced.

    The location for the retreat varies each year. For 2 consecutive years, CoLAB was offered a beautiful facility along the Hudson River in upstate New York for a three day retreat inclusive of free room and board. This time away from the city will be integrated with the project proposal period and collaborative production activities.

  • For 2016, CoLAB will have the opportunity to attend three different documentary festivals with badges provided by UnionDocs. In late September, we arrange a trip to Maine for the Camden International Film Festival. In February, UnDo provides access to MoMA's Documentary Fortnight in Manhattan in April we attend Art of The Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center or a film festival outside of New York. These particular festivals are some of the best places to view a large amount of new, high quality work and for some of them a chance to get out of the city and provide a great thing for the group dynamic. The out-of-state trips are optional, however, and do have additional costs for travel and lodging. Resources are shared, so the excursions remain low budget, but big fun!



Attention International Applicants Regarding Visas
       

Meet Some CoLAB Fellows:

       
   

Core Team

 

Christopher Allen

Founder/Exececutive Artistic Director

A social entrepreneur and new media artist, whose individual & collaborative projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally...

Lucila Moctezuma

Executive Producing Director

A creative catalyst in New York’s independent film community since 1996, as manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, founder of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund for the Tribeca Film Institute, and longstanding board member for The Flaherty.

Scott MacDonald

Seminar Instructor

Author of the on-going series, A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, now in five volumes from University of California Press, and seven other books on independent cinema. MacDonald’s passion has been introducing students and public audiences to the worlds of alternative cinema...

Chi-Hui Yang

Seminar Instructor

A documentary programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York, works on MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, at Columbia and Hunter Universities, and for POV...

Visting Artists


Below find a selection of artists who have been presented previously at The Documentary Bodega, and/or given masterclasses and seminars with the CoLAB. Or take a look at our full listing of past events on our website.

         

  • Jad Abumrad
  • Jon Albert
  • Khalik Allah
  • Michael Almereyda
  • Patricia Aufderheide
  • Craig Baldwin
  • Sally Berger
  • Andy Bichlbaum / The Yes Men
  • Alan Berliner
  • Doug Block
  • Fred Camper
  • Jonathan Caouette
  • Abigail Child
  • Pip Chodorov
  • Sean Cole
  • Hussain Currimbhoy
  • Bill Daniel
  • Abigail E. Disney
  • Diego Echeverria
  • Jennifer Fox
  • Jim Finn
  • Su Friedrich
  • Dominic Gagnon
  • Josh Gleason
  • Alex Gibney
  • Nan Goldin
  • Kenneth Goldsmith
  • Barbara Hammer
  • Jonathan Harris
  • Judith Helfand
  • Peter Hutton
  • Ken Jacobs
  • Marin Karmitz
  • Nathan Kensinger
  • Braden King
  • Penny Lane
  • Alix Lambert
  • Les LeVeque
  • Julia Loktev
  • Pejk Malinovski
  • Albert Maysles
  • Bruce McClure
  • Jonas Mekas
  • Eric Metzgar
  • Vincent Moon
  • Laurel Nakadate
  • Brian Newman
  • Lu Olkowski
  • Jenni Olson
  • Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Leighton Pierce
  • Thom Powers
  • Evan Ratliff
  • Jackie Raynal
  • Joe Richman
  • Fred Ritchin
  • Eryk Rocha
  • Radio Rookies
  • Mandy Rose
  • Ben Russell
  • Salt Institute
  • Lynne Sachs
  • Cassim Shepard
  • Amie Siegel
  • P. Adams Sitney
  • Sky Sitney
  • Suzanne Snider
  • Dan Streible
  • George Stoney
  • Caspar Strake
  • Deborah Stratman
  • Justin Strawhand
  • Elisabeth Subrin
  • Ross Sutherland
  • Florian Thalhofer
  • Lonnie van Brummelen
  • David Van Taylor
  • Pacho Velez
  • Hatuey Viveros
  • Rosa von Praunheim
  • Martha Wilson
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Witness
  • Pawel Wojtasik
  • WYNC's Radio Lab
  • Pamela Yates
  • Caveh Zahedi
  • Thomas Zummer
  • and many others...
  • Weekly Schedule

    From mid September through June, CoLAB's schedule is fairly consistent. While scheduled for people who work full-time or freelance, it remains a very significant commitment of time. During the week, participants independently find time in their schedule for production, readings, and other CoLAB exercises and projects. Weekends, they get together for screenings and events with Sunday claiming the greatest concentration of activity. Expect a minimum of 4-8 hours of work towards production, 4 hours of assigned watching and reading, and 4-10 hours of meetings, seminars, masterclasses, and screenings. That's about 14-22 hours each week. National holidays are respected and some variation to the schedule does occur.

      

    Wednesday,6:30pmProduction meeting
    Saturday,7:30pmPublic Documentary Bodega Screening
    Sunday,11:00amTime regularly set aside for production
    Sunday,4:00pmPrivate CoLAB Masterclass or Seminar
    Sunday,7:30pmPublic Documentary Bodega Screening

      

    Production Calendar

      

    September Orientation, open project discussions.
    October Exercises, skill share, experimentation, play.
    November Shared research in partnerships.
    December Focused research, proposal development.
    January Proposal first draft for visiting critique.
    February Visiting critique panel: Assembly.
    March Production, group critiques.
    AprilVisiting critique panel: Rough Cut.
    MayVisiting critique panel: Fine Cut.
    JunePublic event in NYC.
    Distribution planning & packaging.

      

    Financial Considerations

      

    • Annual program fees are $4800, payable in two parts:
      $500 deposit due upon accepting the invitation.
      Full balance ($4,300) due July 1, 2016.


      These fees have been set up to be as a low as possible, while also providing for a meaningful experience in a well-organized environment. UnionDocs is a small independent non-profit organization that has grown from grassroots. We do not have an endowment, nor institutional affiliation, so we rely on these fees to help with the program’s operating costs. We strive to deliver a lot more for participants than they would expect to get paying for a single course at university. It is possible for a sponsor to make a tax-deductible donation to UnionDocs earmarked for an individual’s program fees. Many past participants have been successful in pursuing grants or individual donations to cover their costs.

    • For accepted applicants from abroad seeking the J-1 trainee visa through International Arts & Artists, UnionDocs will provide support in seeking additional internship or work-study positions with qualified New York City based organizations. Employment is authorized for J-1 nonimmigrants only under the terms of the exchange program, so these placements must be pursued in partnership with UnionDocs and be relevant positions within the field. If an internship is secured, it may be possible for the applicant to receive payment or reduced living expense that will make their participation in the program more practical. Please check with your sponsoring agency for more information on any restrictions that may apply to working in the United States.

    • UnionDocs will support a thirty day crowdfunding campaign that will allow fellows to seek tax deductible donations from their network of support, in order to lessen the burden of the program fees. The campaign will be held July 1st to 31st, just prior to the start of the program and will be hosted on UnionDocs own crowdfunding platform donate.uniondocs.org. UnionDocs will provide access to the online platform to accepted applicants and will prepare general text, imagery and videos to aid in the fundraising effort. Fellows will be responsible for communicating the opportunity to their contacts, both individuals and organizations. Contributions may come in the form of online credit card payment or checks. At the close of the campaign, fellows will pay the balance, if any remains, of their program fees. Participation in the crowdfunding campaign is entirely optional, but those that tried in the past three years were very happy.

    • $920 month plus commons charges (roughly $80/month electricity, heating, gas, water and high speed internet as well as bi-monthly cleaning).

      A deposit of $1500 required at time of contract to be refunded within 30 days of moving out by check, PayPal or bank wire transfer.

      This rent is a direct pass through of what UnionDocs pays to lease the apartments plus utilities and other charges. It is market rate (or even a bit lower) for the area, considering the space, location and amenities. Program fees are separate and are, of course, also required for the residency. A10-month sublease period from September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is mandatory.

    • All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Executive Producing Director of UnionDocs. The refund policy for participants enrolled in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio is as follows:



      100% of deposit is refundable should J1 visa application be denied.
      50% refund of deposit is possible with withdrawal before July 15, 2016.
      50% refund of total program fees is possible with withdrawal before August 15, 2016.
      No refunds are possible after September 1, 2016.

    Current Collaborative Production:
    Just To Get By

    In 2016-17 the Collaborative Studio will focus on the second year of the new UnionDocs multi-platform production JUST TO GET BY. This project highlights the creative solutions and difficult choices that individuals in NYC make everyday to survive the city, at a time when 50% of the population lives near or below the federal poverty level. The project brings attention to the difficult choices and resourceful solutions this underrepresented population must make in order to survive the city today. To access such stories, images, and sounds, fellows will pursue partnerships with local, low-income artists and craftspeople who have—so far—been unable to reach privileged networks of creation and distribution, often called ‘outsider artists.’

    Through JUST TO GET BY, we are developing ways that the authorship of documentary can be shared with the subjects at the same time that fellows are encouraged to develop work across perceived boundaries of social class, age and race. Projects are not intended to be “outsider artist” biographies or portraits, rather each short documentary project produced will offer a different answer on what it takes “just to get by” and a different attempt to break with the conventions of documentary and address the problematics of representing people under the pressures of poverty.

    The result of this work will be available as 12 to 16 short documentary projects in mixed-media by the fellows in the Collaborative Studio. The projects can be exhibited individually or in groups. The raw material will also be compiled and edited into an omnibus feature documentary project geared for community and educational outreach. A final gallery exhibition will be designed along with an interactive website and print catalogue, all of which will highlight both the existing work of the selected artists and the new works created through collaboration with the fellows.

    Past Collaborative Production:
    Living Los Sures

    From 2010 through 2015, the organization produced a collaborative multi-platform documentary about the Southside neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where UnionDocs has been situated for nearly a decade. Part omnibus film, part media archeology, part deep-map and city symphony, the project uses Los Sures, a brilliant work of cinema verite directed by Diego Echeverria in 1984, as a starting point for the investigations of more than 60 artists over the course of 5 years of the CoLAB. It's a story of a longstanding Latino community that is defeating displacement and surviving the growth machine. It restores a lost film, remixes local histories, reinvestigates the Southside today, and hopes to reunite a neighborhood around a sustainable future.

    In the late seventies and early eighties, the Southside of Williamsburg was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Los Suresskillfully represents the challenges of this time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single parent homes, and inadequate local resources. Yet, Echeverria’s portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity and their determination to overcome a desperate situation.

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    UnionDocs partnered with Echeverria to develop Living Los Sures, revisiting his powerful film to pursue four primary goals. RESTORE - Bring the original award-winning film back to life and make it accessible online for the first time. Work with the local community to update, annotate, and challenge the narrative through a participatory platform. REINVESTIGATE - Create over 30 new short documentaries to illustrate the issues the community faces today. REMIX - Expand the experience of the original through deeply interactive audio/visual experiments. REUNITE- Activate the community to engage vital civic issues for a more sustainable future.

    Apply

    All applications are to be submitted online.

    To be considered complete, applications require two media samples, two letters of recommendation, and an application fee paid through PayPal. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure receipt of all materials. Strong applicants will be scheduled for interviews following the deadline.

    There are three application deadlines. All include an application fee of $25. The early deadline ends on March 4, 2016. The regular deadline is on AMarch 18, 2016, and the late deadline is on April 1, 2016. Applicants must specify whether they are interested in the residency option. Preference for residency will go towards international applicants.Please refer to the schedule of important dates that follows.

     
      
    EARLY DEADLINE3/4/2016
    REGULAR DEADLINE3/18/2016
    LATE DEADLINE4/01/2016
    INTERVIEWS3/18/2016 - 04/08/2016
    NOTIFICATION4/15/2016
    DEPOSIT DEADLINE5/01/2016
    FULL FEE DUE7/1/2016
      
    RESIDENT MOVE-IN9/1/2016
    1ST CoLAB MEETING9/7/2016

      

    Frequently Asked Questions

    This list is growing as questions come in...

    How much experience or produced work makes a good candidate?

    Members of CoLAB are typically post-grads coming from various backgrounds and levels of experience in the field of non-fiction, with a diversity of arts disciplines including liberal arts, journalism and traditional forms of documentary. While access to some basic equipment is provided, knowledge is freely shared, and cooperation is encouraged, this program does not provide specialized technical training. Rather, it is designed for resourceful individuals who learn by doing and do not view technical aspects as barriers to creativity and production. If necessary, we can recommend several local organizations that can provide technical training to complement your involvement in the CoLAB. There is no specific amount of work or type of experience that makes a good candidate. Though we will definitely look for demonstrated passion and commitment to the documentary arts, we are also attempting to assemble a good team and looking for individuals who will truly benefit from participation.

    How much time will the CoLAB take?

    The CoLAB operates on a fall/spring schedule similar to universities, though work on the annual project will extend into the summer. When the season is in full swing, the program will be between 15-25 hours of meetings, masterclasses, seminars, screenings, discussions and production. There will be additional events that will be open for CoLAB participants to attend, which are a useful part of the experience, but not an expectation. Also consider the individual production time required for producing a portion of the group project, which will vary from person to person and on the scale of the project pursued.

      

    How is the annual project funded?

    In general, participants will be responsible for raising any extra funds necessary to produce their individual contribution to the group collaboration. Given the endeavor's openness to the particular format and scale of each component, UnionDocs cannot assume this expense. Very few of the previous CoLAB projects have required additional funding. UnionDocs supplies the basic resources it possesses and provides access to a media facility for digital post-production. CoLAB project’s are fiscally sponsored by UnionDocs, allowing them to seek tax-deductible contributions and to apply for specific grants only open to non-profits. In addition, the CoLAB Program Directors and UnionDocs staff will, with support from the participants, apply for grants for the exhibition and distribution of the project as a whole.

      

    What living expenses should I anticipate in New York City?

    UnionDocs recommends that participants in the program budget for living expenses in New York City. In addition to program fees, participants need to account for living expenses such as housing, food, transportation, telephone, and other expenditures.

      

    Basic Monthly Living Costs in New York City:

      

    Housing & Utilities$ 1000.00
    Food$ 500.00
    Transportation$ 120.00
    Telephone$ 100.00
    Personal$ 300.00

      


    $2020.00

      

    Would it be possible to do both the CoLAB program and a full-time masters program?

    You likely would be over-committing to consider participating fully in both programs. That said, a few people have been involved in grad programs and successfully participated at UD over the years. Others have found it overwhelming. This a question of personal scheduling and the particulars of your university.

      

    Still have questions? Give us a shout!

      

      

    Info for Potential Resident

    UnionDocs Residency

    322 Union Ave is a great place to live in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a lot of shared resources and a lot of opportunities for fun while also having adequate privacy and a comfort (not always found in NYC communal living). There are three floors, a big second story porch, skyline views from the roof, and a backyard with plants tended by UnionDocs. The location is close to excellent transportation, making most spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn within a short subway ride.


    On the floors above the commercial space, which is occupied by the UnionDocs staff, there are two nicely-sized three bedroom apartments with a living room, kitchen and bath. Both have wood floors, get lots of light, and were recently renovated. Bedrooms can be locked, but common spaces are shared by the six residents. One is better for cooking large meals and socializing and the other more appropriate for reading, working, and watching films. The common spaces are furnished, so residents should only bring the contents of their bedroom. The common spaces are also used for CoLAB meetings from time to time. The building also has high-speed internet and a washer and dryer.


    $920 month plus commons charges (roughly $80/month electricity, heating, gas, water and high speed internet as well as bi-monthly cleaning).
    A deposit of $1500 required at time of contract to be refunded within 30 days of moiving out by check, PayPal or bank wire transfer.


    This rent is a direct pass through of what UnionDocs pays to lease the apartments plus utilities and other charges. It is market rate (or even a bit lower) for the area, considering the space, location and amenities. Program fees are separate and are, of course, also required for the residency. A ten month sublease period from September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is mandatory.