Includes fine artists, photographers, illustrators and designers

120 east 10th

Diane Arbus


319 E 72nd
Arbus lived here between 1954 and 1958. Number 319 no longer exists.

71 Washington Place
in 1958 Arbus, with her husband Allen, opened a photography studio on th first floor. They lived in the same building.

121 1/2 Charles St.
After her seperation from her husband, the photographer moved here with her two daughters. They lived here for 10 years, moving out in June 1968.

120 East 10th
Diane Arbus lived here 1968-70.
Arbus died in 1971.

Identical Twins, 1967

57 Great Jones St

Jean-Michel Basquiat


57 Great Jones Street

Basquiat died accidentally of mixed-drug toxicity (he had been combining cocaine and heroin, known as "speedballing") at his Great Jones Street loft/studio in 1988.


4 East 74th St

Marc Chagall


4 East 74th St

Chagall and his wife fled to New York from Paris in 1941 after the Nazi occupation. They lived in a apartment in this building.

75 Riverside Drive.
After his wife's death in 1944 he moved in with his daughter at this address.

Me and My Village (1911)

20 Bond St

Chuck Close

Chuck Close,
Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968

20 Bond Street

Close has lived and worked for 20 years at the artist cooperative building 20 Bond Street.

48 Bond Street
Close and his wife Leslie paid $5.95 million for a cond-op unit at this building in 2008, but have not moved in.

Hotel des Artistes, today

Howard Chandler Christy

Hotel des Artistes—
1 West 67th St.

In 1918 Christy became the first tenant of the Hotel des Artistes.  He remained in his magnificent two-story studio for the rest of his career.

Christy painted the murals for the building's famous restaurant, Café des Artistes (1934 upper level, 1942 lower level).

"Gee!! I wish I were a man"(1917)

156 W 22nd St. today

88 East 10th today

de Kooning


145 W 21st St.
This was deKooning's first apartment in NY. 1935

156 West 22nd St.
He moved to this loft in 1936. In 1942 he moved to larger space on the floor above and did a lot of work renovating the space. It was during this time that he got engaged to Elaine Fried. This space was big enough for two artists to live and work. They married in1943. Rent here was $35 a month. In December of 1945, they were evicted from the building. This was heartbreaking for deKooning.

They had to find a place to live quickly and, with the offer from a friend, moved into a tiny cold-water flat on Carmine, just off 6th Ave. The deKooings were living in virtual poverty during this time. Rent was $17 a month.

85 Fourth Ave, (near 11th St) Second floor  
Working in Carmine St apartment was impossible, so de Kooning found this space to work in in 1946.  He did very little to fix up the space, having learned a lesson from his experience with the 22nd St. loft. The rent was $35 so de Kooning split the space with Jack Tworkov. This period was a low point for de Kooning. He and Elaine eventually split. It was during this time that he became very good friends with Franz Kline.

88 East Tenth St (between 3rd and 4th Ave)
In the fall of 1952 moved to this address.
de Kooning was starting to get acceptance in the art world by this time. He and Elaine were no longer living together. Unlike the Fourth Ave studio, he took pains to fix this place up. His space was the top floor, rear.

831 Broadway, top floor
1960. At this point de Kooning could afford a better studio. He kept his studio on tenth and did massive renovation to this new space on Broadway. Not much painting was accomplished during this period as he was pooring all his energy into the renovation.

In the mid sixties he moved out of the city to Long Island.

Woman and Bicycle, 1952-53
Whitney Museum of American Art


The Marshall Chess Club

28 West 10th

Marcel Duchamp


28 West 10th

Surrealist Marcel Duchamp moved to No. 28 in the late 1950s to be near the Marshall Chess Club at 23 West 10th. He had a lifelong passion for chess and if fact gave up making art from 1926 to 1934 to indulge this passion.

Detective novelist Dashiell Hammett lived at this address from 1947 to 1952.

The Marshall Chess Club is one of the oldest and strongest chess clubs in the United States. The club has been the site of several rounds of the U.S. Chess Championship, and Bobby Fischer played in the 1965 Capablanca Memorial Tournament being held in Havana, Cuba via teletype.

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912).  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

27 West 67th st

Milton Glaser


27 West 67th st

He and his wife, Shirley, lived here in a 3rd floor duplex apartment for 30 years.
They moved in 2007 to a condo in Chelsea.


Glaser's “I ‘Heart’ New York” was logo was a pro bono project he did for the city in the mid-70's

Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim and
Jackson Pollock standing in front of "Mural"  installed at
155 E61 St

440 E. 51st

Max Ernst
, the Surrealist painter, and Guggenheim, the wealthy art collector,
met in Europe. They returned to New York in 1941, married, and leased this town house.
This building was called Hale House because it is thought to be the spot where Nathen Hale was hanged during the American Revolution.
The marraige lasted until 1943.

155 East 61st
Peggy was not an artist herself but was very influential in the art world in the first half of the 20th century. She supported a number of artists and in 1943 she took on Jackson Pollock . As part of the deal she comissioned a large mural for the entrance hall of this duplex apartment. This is where Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” was installed. The installation was difficult. The painting was a little too big. After drinking all day, when the painting was finally in place, he famously walked in on the party that was being held in the apartment, unzipped his pants and urinated into the fireplace.

676 Broadway today

Keith Haring


676 Broadway
(between 3rd St & Bond St)

Haring's studio was on the fifth floor of this building.

Haring achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York

52 W 8th today

Hans Hofmann

Photo by Kay Bell Reynal

52 West 8th St
Hofmann's School

In 1933 Hofmann established a school here in a single large room above the 8th St Playhouse.
Hofmann was renowned not only as an artist but as a teacher of art.
Hofmann began teaching in 1933 at the Art Students League of New York. Leaving the League in the mid 1930s Hofmann opened his own schools in New York. Many famous or notable artists studied with Hofmann in New York. These included: Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Gerome Kamrowski, Joseph Plaskett, William Ronald, Joan Mitchell, Michael Goldberg, Ray Eames, Larry Rivers, Jane Frank, Nell Blaine, Robert de Niro, Sr., Jane Freilicher, Allan Kaprow, Red Grooms, Wolf Kahn, Marisol Escobar, Nicholas Krushenick, Burgoyne Diller, Mercedes Matter, James Gahagan, Erle Loran, Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Judith Godwin, Lynne Mapp Drexler, and Donald Jarvis.

88 East 10th

Hofmann moved in after de Kooning.

Hearld, 1963
Berkley Art Museum, University of California

3 Washington Square N

Edward Hopper

Hopper in his apartment/studio on Washinton Square

Three Washington Square North
Hopper lived here from December 1913 until his death in May 1967. At first he had the back room on the top floor of the four story walk-up. In 1932 he took the front room as well.

Morning Sun, 1952

There is a parking lot there now

Jasper Johns


278 Pearl St

In the spring of 1954 Jasper Johns went in on the puchase of this condemded, brick warehouse with a friend, Rachel Rosenthal.
They moved in in the summer, Rachel taking the top floor and Johns taking the floor beneath. Rauschenberg lived around the corner on Fulton St. (exact address unknown).
In the summer of 1955 Rachel moved to California and Rauschenberg took over her space. This started the period when Johns and Rauschenberg were very close, seeing each other everyday and critiquing each other's work and competing for recognition.

The building is gone. There is a parking lot in it's place.

Three Flags, 1958

60 E 9th is in it's place

Franz Kline


52 East Ninth St
(mid 1940s)

This particular building was home to several artists. Below Kline lived John Ferren and his wife, Rea, also a painter, and in another apartment, Conrad Marca-Relli and his wife. 

According to New York Songlines, Franz Kline lived in #52 until it was demolished in 1953. 

de Kooning lived nearby on E10th and he and Kline became inseparable friends. During this time Kline was popular among his artist friends in the neighborhood, but not respected as an artist. It wasn't until a decade later that he found the style that he is remembered for.

Untitled, 1957

11 East 67th St

Jeff Koons


11 E 67th

In it's early years, this house was owned by Joseph B. Bloomingdale, founder of the store.

46 East Eigth St

Lee Krasner

Krasner and Pollock in Springs

46 East Eigth St

Krasner lived here with Jackson Pollack before they moved to Springs, NY.

307 West 11th

Annie Leibowitz


307 West 11th

Jack Kerouac revised On the Road here at his girlfriend Helen Weaver's courtyard apartment in the 1950s.
Now owned by photographer Annie Leibowitz; her renovation is creating controversy.

220 E 63 St

Stan Lee

Stan Lee and Spider-Man

220 East 63rd Street

From 1975 to 1980 Lee owned a two-bedroom condominium on the 14th floor.

Lee was born in 1922 in New York City in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (née Solomon) and Jack Lieber,at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue.

With several artist co-creators Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters, Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

222 Bowery

Fernand Léger


222 Bowery

Léger had a studio here 1940-41.

190 Bowery

Jay Maisel


190 Bowery
(corner Spring and Bowery) Germania Bank Building

Maisel is an advertising photographer. Long abandoned by 1966, this building was bought by Maisel, who still lives there with his wife and daughter, the sole occupants of the building's 72 rooms. (Roy Lichtenstein rented out the fourth floor for a while.) The exterior is often used as a canvas for street art; Keith Haring used to chalk babies on it.

Maisel's purchase is seen as a real-estate fairy tale: His $102,000 purchase is now worth $30-50 million. But it was a very different neighborhood in those days: ''Every single thing that can come out of a human body has been left on my doorstep,'' Maisel said.


Piet Mondrian


345 E 56th Street

(353 E 56th): A 22-story apartment building from 1960 is on the site of 353 E. 56th. Painter Piet Mondrian moved in 1939 after fleeing the Nazi invasion of Holland and then the London Blitz. He painted Broadway Boogie Woogie, now at MOMA, in a tiny apartment here.

15 East 59th St

The great painter spent the last four months of his life in a fourth floor apartment at this site. An office building has replaced his apartment.

525 Lexington Ave today

Georgia O'Keefe

Photo by Alfred Stieglitz 1918

Shelton Hotel
525 Lexington Avenue (Now the New York Marriot East Side (Between 48th and 49th Streets)

In 1925 she and Alfred Stieglitz moved to the Shelton taking an apartment on the 30th floor of the new building. They would live here for 12 years. With a spectacular view, Georgia began to paint the city. The building was depicted in some of the works of these two legendary tenants, O'Keefe the painter and Stieglitz the photographer.

Radiator Building - Night, 1927

49 East 63rd St

Maxfield Parrish


49 East 63rd St

When Parrish was 48 and already famous, he spent the winter of 1918-1919 painting here. He often spent the cold months in the north with his work,
 while his wife spent the winter in the south.

46 East 8th St. today

46 Carmine St. today

Jackson Pollock


47 Horatio St

46 Carmine St

76 W Houston St

46 East Eigth St

Pollock moved to NY in 1930. Too unstable to live by himself, he shared small, cheap, unheated apartments with one or the other of his brothers. In 1935, Pollock moved into a large floor-through at 46 E 8th with brother Charles. When Charles and his wife moved out, Lee Krasner moved in. The couple moved to Springs, NY in 1945.

There is a parking lot there now

Robert Rauschenberg


278 Pearl St

In the spring of 1954 Jasper Johns went in on the puchase of this condemded, brick warehouse with a friend, Rachel Rosenthal.
They moved in in the summer, Rachel taking the top floor and Johns taking the floor beneath. Rauschenberg lived around the corner on Fulton St. (exact address unknown).
In the summer of 1955 Rachel moved to California and Rauschenberg took over her space. This started the period when Johns and Rauschenberg were very close, seeing each other everyday and critiquing each other's work.

157 East 69th St

Mark Rothko


157 East 69th St

This converted carraige house was the painter's last studio. He started to work here in 1964. When he left his family in1969 he moved into this studio.
Rothko lived by himself for a year. On February 25, 1970, he committed suicide here.

Palazzo Chupi

Julian Schnabel


Palazzo Chupi
360 West 11th Street

Artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel's big pink West Village tower was supposed to be the rebirth of the salon—an exclusive enclave of the most talented and creative minds around. But really, all you have to be is incredibly wealthy to live here.

51-55 West 10th today

Studio Building

Frederic Edwin Church

51-55 West 10th

From 1858 to 1956, artists like Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Albert Bierstadt, John La Farge and Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked here.
Richard Morris Hunt, who designed the building, as well as Carnegie Hall and the Statue of Liberty's base, had his office here.
When Frederic Edwin Church exhibited his monumental painting Heart of the Andes here in 1859, 12,000 people paid 25 cents apiece to see it.
The spot is now occupied by Peter Warren House, 1950s apartments.

88 East 10th today

Esteban Vincente

In his studio on E10th 1950

88 East Tenth St (between 3rd and 4th Ave)

His studio was top floor front, across the hall from his friend, Willem de Kooning.

57 East 66th St

33 Union Square—The Decker Building

Andy Warhol

and the Factory


242 Lexington Avenue
In the summer of 1953 Warhol and his mother moved into a floor-through apartment in a four story building at 242 Lexington Avenue. According to Warhol biographers David Bourdon and Victor Bockris, Warhol subleased the apartment from another ex-classmate at Carnegie Tech., Leonard Kessler.

1342 Lexington Avenue
AUGUST 30, 1960:This was his home and studio and the first Factory location.

"'The town house bought by shoe ads,' Andy's friend Emile de Antonio called it, and it was true: everything Andy owned was paid for with a ceaseless flow of hundred-dollar drawings of shoes, hats, scarves, perfumes, handbags, and other ladies accessories... In 1960, Andy would gross $70,000, his best year yet, and when 1342 Lexington had come up for sale he was easily able to put down $30,000, almost half of the building's price..."

E. 87th Street near Lexington Ave
The first studio outside his home, rented in 1963.
Warhol subleased part of an old firehouse near his home, Hook & Ladder Co. #13, that the tenant was leasing from the City of New York.

57 East 66th St.
Andy bought this brownstone in 1974 for $310,000. He lived here until his death in 1987.

Factory locations:
1342 Lexington Avenue (the first Factory)
231 East 47th-The Silver Factory-1963-1967 (the building no longer exists)
33 Union Square 1967-1973-The White Factory- (Decker Building)
860 Broadway (near 33 Union Square) 1973-1984 (the building has now been completely remodeled)
22 East 33rd Street 1984-1987 (the building no longer exists)

Last personal studio: 158 Madison Avenue


Business card lettered by Warhol's mother (click on image to view larger)
Isn't it great?