I've read through a ton of wikipedia articles about various NYC neighborhoods, focusing on Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus a bunch of articles/videos about glass blowing in general, but I can't seem to figure out what parts of NYC would be zoned for that sort of activity. Tried searching all sorts of combinations of glass blowing + new york and glass blowing + residential and live/work space + new york and artist loft + new york.
Ideally, it would be a live/work space, something big and industrial feeling. I don't want it to have a shop space -- she shows her work in galleries/lists it online, but she doesn't have a physical storefront to sell out of and does all her glass blowing in private. (She's a dragon, you see! Can't have anyone stumbling onto her secret!) Money is no object, but I'd prefer the neighborhood feel a bit. . . rougher? I'm okay with some gentrification, but it shouldn't be particularly trendy or upscale. Ideally I'd also like it to be racially/ethnically diverse; I haven't decided on her race yet but I'm pretty sure she won't be white and I want a neighborhood where she won't stand out that much. (Exactly what race/ethnicity she is can be dependent on the neighborhood suggested.)