You think of SoHo and anything south as where it all began with artists in New York City, where they all live as they did years ago before it cost more than an arm, a leg, your first-born child and a bedbug-sniffing dog 24/7 to live in Manhattan. But guess what: artists now think NYC is too costly. A survey of 1,000 artists, conducted in 2009 by the New York Foundation for the Arts, shows that 43% of artists, like the rest of us, expect our income to drop — by 26% to 50% over the next six months. More than ten percent feel they need to flee New York City because they cannot afford living there. And here’s a wake-up call: artists fresh out of art schools around the country are not choosing to live in New York City. Instead, they are going to budding art communities in places like Detroit, Cleveland and Houston.