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Pete’s Tavern

LitNerd Wednesday! In the eternal race to be the oldest bar in New York City it’s hard to top McSorely’s. Besides it’s timelessly sodden old age it has some great […]

Lenin Statue at Red Square

The statue on the top of this building is not hailing a cab from the roof, but has actually hailed from Mother Russia. The giant Lenin was originally a state […]

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Studio and Apartment

In this building with private Japanese restaurant ,Bohemian, the native New Yorker, Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked here until his overdose at that magical age of 27. He had a rich short life- starting as a graffiti artist, writing “SAMO,” before joining the punk rock scene with this band with Vincent Gallo called “Gray.” Frequenting and playing Max’s Kansas City, CBGB and Mudd Club, he began meeting the art stars- being cast in the movie “Downtown 81” and in Blondie’s “Rapture” video.

Warhol and Chipotle

Even in the late 1990s, St. Marks Place still had a sort of bohemian spirit, that is until Super Cuts moved in. The transformation of the buildings at 19-25 into […]

Fun Gallery

This is the first site of the eponymous graffiti gallery. I love this story from founder Patti Astor “I was meeting all the graffiti artists while we were getting the […]

Facade of St. Ann’s Church

Over on 12th street, I often pass what seems to be the shallowest church ever. In reality, it is the preserved facade of an old church. The historic St. Ann’s […]

Let’s Get Physical

Although Led Zeppelin’s double-record “Physical Graffiti” was recorded in the UK, designer Peter Corriston wanted to shoot the cover in a tenement building in New York. After combing the city, […]

Art Walk at Extra Place

Extra Place, a little street off Bowery, was a disused alleyway just a few years ago, one of the few leftovers of pre-Bowery Hotel Bowery. Now the little space off […]

The Fuse is Lit

It is no secret that Lit Lounge is one of my least favorite places in New York. I used to be forced to go there all the time by my […]

Spring and Bowery- Jay Maisel’s House

This corner building on Spring and Bowery is sometimes shrouded in mystery. The exterior is a major street art target (going way back to the days of Keith Haring to […]

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