Carnegie Artist Lofts
High above Carnegie Hall, The Carnegie Artist Studios housed musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, architects and other creatives since 1895. Some pretty famous people lived here, and creatively monumental evens happened until everyone was finally evicted in 2011.
The studios were a hotbed of artistic genius; Leonard Bernstein composed here, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford lived and rehearsed their lines, Charles Dana Gibson created the “Gibson Girl”, Elia Kazan lived here before selling out his supposed Commie friends, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Judy Garland hung out here. The lofts were immortalized right before they were closed in Bill Cunningham New York, which followed the photographer around the city, and his day to day living in the lofts. He was often accompanied by long time resident, photographer Editta Sherman, who lived in the lofts for over 60 years, photographing some of Hollywood’s elite over the ages- and who is my personal future style icon.
It is pretty sad that the artistic lifestyle that the lofts represented has seemingly ceased to exist in New York- the city that was thought to embody this very lifestyle. The lofts closed, and the remaining aged artists were relocated. But the question remains- where in the world does artistic bohemia live?
Resident Josef Birdman Astor documented the lofts with his 2010 release film “Lost Bohemia.”
What: Carnegie Artist Lofts
Where: 881 7th Avenue 10019