Washington Square Hotel
Washington Square Hotel

Joan Baez


Washington Square Hotel (formally Hotel Earle) 101 Waverly Place

Baez stayed in room 305, with Bob Dylan, in the early 60s.

This is the "crummy hotel" Baez refers to in her song "Diamonds and Rust."

555 Edgecombe Ave

Count Basie


555 Edgecombe Ave

The Paul Robeson Residence (also known as the Roger Morris building and by its street address of 555 Edgecombe Avenue) is a National Historic Landmarked building. It was also the home of Paul Robeson.

17 Beekman Place

Irving Berlin


17 Beekman Place

This five-story town house is where Berlin lived for the last 42 years of his life.

Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street
This hotel's historical past includes some of the more prominent celebrities that were long-time residents including Cary Grant (who resided in the hotel for over 12 years) and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Berlin.


The Dakota—1 West 72nd Street

San Remo Apartments


The El Dorado300 Central Park West

San Remo Apartments —145-146 Central Park West

Bono bought 2,322-square-foot apartment at the El Dorado for $3.4 million in April 2003. He left it  for Steve Jobs’ old apartment at the San Remo down the block. (Mr. Jobs sold the place for around $14.5 million, less than the reported $15 million he spent on renovations that involved both Robert A.M. Stern and I.M. Pei.)

Moby lived in the El Dorado apartment after Bono moved out until it sold for $5.5 million in June 2008.

Life for Bono at the San Remo hasn’t been entirely perfect: He squabbled with neighbors, including lesser arena rock star Billy Squier, over hazardous smoke wafting up into his penthouse duplex.

The Brill Building today

The Brill Building

Carole King

Boyce and Hart

Mann and Weil

1619 Broadway
(built 1931)

The Brill Building (named after the Brill Brothers, who owned a clothing store on the street level and who later bought the entire building) was intended as a financial office space for brokers and bankers. In the midst of the Depression, the timing couldn't have been worse, and the owners resorted to renting space to music publishers, as there were few other takers.
The bust above the main entrance (another is located at the top of the building as well) is of Alan Lefcourt, son of Abraham E. Lefcourt, who died as a teen in a traffic accident. A.E. Lefcourt originally intended the building on this site to be his answer to the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. The premature death of his son, along with the financial impact of the stock market crash on his fortune, forced him to erect the more modest building we see today.
Many of the songwriter-producer teams — mostly duos —  enjoyed immense success and collectively wrote some of the biggest hits of the early sixties. Many in this group were close friends, as well as being creative and business associates.
These song writing teams were:
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Hugo & Luigi
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Tony Powers
Other famous musicians who were headquartered in The Brill Building:
Laura Nyro
Neil Diamond
Paul Simon as Jerry Landis
Bobby Darin
Phil Spector
Among the hundreds of hits written by this group are Leiber and Stoller's "Yakety Yak", Shuman and Pomus's "Save The Last Dance For Me", Bacharach and David's "The Look of Love", Sedaka and Greenfield's "Calendar Girl", King and Goffin's "The Loco-Motion", Mann and Weil's "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and Spector, Greenwich and Barry's "River Deep Mountain High".

SOURCE: Wikipedia

105 Bank Street

John Cage


105 Bank Street

John Cage was a prolific and influential composer whose Minimalist works have long been a driving force in the world of music, dance and art. He lived in Manhattan at this address. Cage died in 1992 at age 79 at St. Vincent's Hospital.

56 Ludlow St

John Cale


56 Ludlow Street

Lou Reed shared this apartment with Cale for a while.

The Ansonia

Enrico Caruso


The Ansonia
2107-2109 Broadway (73th St.)

The Chelsea sign

Leonard Cohen


The Chelsea Hotel 222 West 23rd Street

Over the years, Leonard Cohen lived in many rooms here. 
Most of his time in New York in the sixties he was living in room # 424.
His song, "Chelsea Hotel", was written about Janis Joplin during the time they both lived there in the sixties.

845 West End Ave

Judy Collins


845 West End Ave

The 200,981-square-foot building was built in 1930. Two-bedroom apartments in the building rent for between $6,250 and $8,500 a month, according to

The 91-unit apartment building is at the corner of West End Avenue and 101st Street

Miles Davis House
312 West 77th St.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

312 W 77th st.

Miles Davis bought this Upper West Side brownstone in 1958, one of the first African-Americans to do so, and lived here for twenty-five years.  Some of the jazz trumpeter's greatest works were conceived here.  He and pianist Bill Evans brainstormed ideas for "Kind of Blue" before going to his East 30th Street studio, and "Bitches Brew" was written in the basement.  When Davis moved out of the building to Long Island and later Malibu, California, he admitted that he missed the city and couldn't stand how quiet his new hometowns were.

161 E 4th, today

Jones Street (Freewheelin' cover)

94 MacDougal Street

Bob Dylan


161 West 4th st.

After Dylan got his first record deal he rented a small 2 room apartment on the 3rd floor, facing the alley. He lived here with Suze Rotolo in the early 60s.

The "Freewheelin" album cover picture shows Dylan and Suze Rotolo walking on Jones St. between West 4th and Bleeker.

Washington Square Hotel (formally Hotel Earle) 101 Waverly Place
Moved here from the West 4th St. apartment. Bob stayed in room 305 until sometime in 1964. He and Joan Baez spent time together here.

The Chelsea Hotel 222 West 23rd Street
Dylan lived in suite # 2011, and one of his sons was born while he was living here in the mid Sixties.

94 MacDougal Street, Just south of Bleecker Street
Dylan bought this townhouse when he moved back to the city from Woodstock in 1970.

There's lots more Bob Dylan lore on the Greenwich Village Folk Clubs page.

935 St. Nicholas Ave

Duke Ellington


935 St. Nicholas Ave
, Apt 4A

Also known as the Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, House.

Ellington lived here from 1939-1961.
The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Ellington later lived at
140 West End Ave (Lincoln Towers) between 66th and 67th Street.
This was Ellington's last residence. He shared an apartment on the 22nd floor with his companion of many years, Evie Ellis. He was living here when he died in 1974.

Roberta Flack The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.

Judy Garland The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.

132 East 72nd St

George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin


132 E 72nd St
(near Lexington) and 125 E 72nd St.

George lived at 132 from 1933 until 1936. This was his last NYC home. He had a huge 14-room apartment and had a direct telephone line to Ira's house, across the street at 125.

59 West 12th street

Jimi Hendrix


61 Jane Street

55 West 8th near Sixth Avenue
In the late sixties Hendrix lived in this turn-of-the-century apartment building. He redesigned and converted the rooms into his Electric Lady Studio where he recorded some of his records.

59 West 12th Street
In February, 1970, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox joined Hendrix at his 59 West 12th Street apartment in Greenwich Village for exploratory jam sessions. Hendrix made a number of home recordings during this period. Hendrix alternated between acoustic and electric guitar as he routined such fare as "Stepping Stone," "Send My Love To Linda", "Last Thursday Morning," "Freedom," "Bolero", and the fleeting, twelve-string "Acoustic Demo" featured as part of the Dagger Records release Morning Symphony Ideas.

88 Central Park West

Billy Joel


The Brentmore—88 Central Park West

Sting lived in this 14-room, second-floor/third-floor duplex sometime after Billy Joel did.


Janis Joplin


The Chelsea Hotel —222 West 23rd Street

# 411 was Janis Joplin's suite.

Leonard Cohen's song "Chelsea Hotel" was written about Janis Joplin during the time they both lived there in the sixties. See the video above.

Cyndi Lauper The Apthorp

414 East 10th today



414 East 10th

The folk/blues legend lived here in the 1940s.

105 Bank St

434 East 52nd St

The Dakota

John Lennon


St Regis Hotel, 2 East 55th st. —
In 1971, when John and Yoko first came to NYC they moved into 2 adjoining seventeenth floor suites.

105 Bank Street—By the end of October '71, they moved downtown to  renting a small two-room apartment from Joe Butler of the Lovin' Spoonful. John Cage was a neighbor in the building.

434 East 52nd Street
John lived here during the final months of his "lost weekend", after retuning from LA. He lived here with May Pang in a small penthouse apartment overlooking the East River. He had seperated from Yoko for 14 months starting in September of 1973.
It was here, on the night of August 23, 1974, after walking out on the balcony to catch a breeze from the river, Lennon suddenly shouted for Pang to come see something in the sky—a flying saucer. Other New Yorkers called in the UFO sighting too.
The object zipped out of view and was apparently never spotted again or explained by authorities.
The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.
In early 1973 John and Yoko moved in to the Dakota. They took apt number 72 on the seventh floor. The actor Robert Ryan had been the previous tenant. Almost eight years after moving in, on December 8th 1980, John was tragically murdered outside the Dakota at the entrance gate on West 72nd.
SOURCE: Norman, Phillip. John Lennon: The Life © 2008

John Lennon performing in NYC in 1972.

65 Central Park West



65 Central Park West

Madonna lived here in the mid eighties while married to Sean Penn.

Barry Manilow
451 Washington Street

451 Washington St

Bette Midler


451 Washington Street

41 West 16th today

Joni Mitchell


41 West 16th St (between 6th and 7th)

Joni moved to NYC in 1967 when she was 23 years old. She had a second floor, street fronting one-bedroom apartment. Many of her songs were written here during a very prolific period in her life.

The Melrose Hotel today

Liza Minnelli


The Barbizon Hotel for Women—140 East 63rd Street
This was Minelli's home when at sixteen, she was on her own in New York City, struggling to begin her career in show business.
In 2002 the name was changed to the Melrose Hotel.

The El Dorado — 300 Central Park West
Moby’s spectacular penthouse co-op apartment was owned by Bono who moved to a more fancy Upper West Side co-op in the San Remo.

101 Ave A



101 Avenue A
Nico was one of Warhol's "factory girls" and a member of the Velvet Underground. She lived in this second floor apartment during the heyday of the Velvet Underground. The Pyramid Club is on the street level directly below this apartment.

Columbus Avenue at 51st Street
Jackson Browne lived with with Nico for a while at this address.

151 Avenue B today

Charlie Parker


151 Avenue B
Built in l849, this Gothic Revival-style rowhouse was home to the alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (Bird) from l950-l954. With Chan Richardson and their three children, Parker occupied the ground floor apartment at the height of his career, having achieved considerable success and renown as the co-founder of bebop, the modern jazz style that he and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie created in New York City during the mid-l940s. Parker enjoyed international fame while living here, performing with large and small ensembles, as well as with Latin big bands and string sections. Avenue B (between 7th & l0th Streets-along Tompkins Square Park) was renamed Charlie Parker Place in l992 and since l993 the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is held annually in the park to celebrate Bird's birthday (August 29, l920 in Kansas City, Kansas) and his contribution to 20th century music.

The Charlie Parker Residence was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in l994.

The Ansonia

Ezio Pinza

The Ansonia
2107-2109 Broadway (73th St.)

Ezio Pinza was an Italian basso opera singer. He spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas.

The Ansonia has very thick walls, installed to protect against fire, but this made the  apartments the most soundproof in the city. Because of this, many of it's famous tenents were musicians.

The Ansonia

Lily Pons


The Ansonia
2107-2109 Broadway (73th St.)

Pons was a principal soprano at the Met for thirty years, appearing 300 times in ten roles from 1931 until 1960.

The Christadora House

Iggy Pop


The Christadora House143 Avenue B

Warwick Hotel

Elvis Presley


Warwick Hotel — 65 West 54th Street

This hotel's historical past includes some of the more prominent celebrities that were long-time residents including Cary Grant (who resided in the hotel for over 12 years) and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Berlin. The Beatles stayed at The Warwick during their first trip to New York, and it was also home to Elvis Presley whenever he was in New York City for various appearances.

56 Ludlow St

Lou Reed


56 Ludlow Street

1964: This was John Cale's apartment originally but Lou was a freequent visitor. Their mutual interests were music and heroin. When John Cale's roommate moved out, Lou moved in.

Later moved to East 10th just west of First Avenue

555 Edgecombe Ave

Paul Robeson

555 Edgecomb Ave

Also known as The Paul Robeson Residence.

Robeson lived here from 1939 to 1941. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Neil Sedaka The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.

The Langham

Carly Simon

The Langham—135 Central Park West

Simon married fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor in 1972 and they divorced in1983. They lived in an apartment in this building during that time, with their two children.

She and Mia Farrow were neighbors in this building and became good friends.

530 E 72nd St

Frank Sinatra


530 East 72nd Street

Sinatra had a two-floor, three-bedroom penthouse,which he helped design when the building went up in 1961. He lived here with his much-younger bride, Mia Farrow

The Chelsea Hotel

Patti Smith


The Chelsea Hotel
222 West 23rd Street

Patti Smith just recently moved out of the Chelsea after living there for many years.

246 East 49th St

Stephen Sondheim


246 East 49th Street

88 Central Park West



The Brentmore—88 Central Park West
and 15 Central Park West

Sting’s 14-room, second-floor/third-floor duplex in the Brentmore once was owned by fellow, late 50 something rocker, Billy Joel. Sting has the duplex on the market because he and wife Trudie Styler purchased another, five-bedroom, approximately 5,000-square-foot duplex at 15 Central Park West last year.

Igor Stravinsky The Ansonia2107-2109 Broadway (73th St.)

1157 Third Ave

Barbara Streisand


1157 Third Ave

Barbara’s first apt in NYC, she rented an apartment here 1962 at the age of 21.
Elliott Gould moved in and shared the apartment. This walkup apartment building has managed to survive amid all the new development on Third Ave.

Streisand and Gould moved from here to The Ardsley, 320 Central Park West, in the late 60s.

the Langham

James Taylor


The Langham-135 Central Park West

James lived here with Carly Simon in the 1970s and 80s. Their children grew up here.

Tin Pan Alley-1905

W28th St today

Tin Pan Alley


45, 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 West 28th Street.

These are the structures that housed the creative agencies of Tin Pan Alley that still remain.

From Irving Berlin to Scott Joplin, Fats Waller to Cole Porter, the composers and lyricists of Tin Pan Alley wrote the songs that defined American popular culture from the late-1880s to the mid-1950s. Beginning as early as 1885, music publishers flocked to this singular block, on West 28th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Manhattan, to set up shop.

The start of Tin Pan Alley is usually dated to about 1885, when a number of music publishers set up shop in the same district of Manhattan. The end of Tin Pan Alley is less clear cut. Some date it to the start of the Great Depression in the 1930s when the phonograph and radio supplanted sheet music as the driving force of American popular music, while others consider Tin Pan Alley to have continued into the 1950s when earlier styles of American popular music were upstaged by the rise of rock & roll.

The Ansonia

Arturo Toscanini


The Ansonia
2107-2109 Broadway (73th St.)

Toscanini moved to the city in 1908 and into the Ansonia Hotel, the striking Beaux Arts building on Broadway at 73rd St., shortly thereafter.


Sid Vicious


The Chelsea Hotel 222 West 23rd Street

Suite # 100 was occupied by Sid Vicious, bass player with The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. On the morning of October 11, 1978 Spungeon was found in the bathroom, stabbed to death.

Viscious, arrested under suspicion of murder, died shortly thereafter of a heroin overdose.

Efram Zimbalist House

Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.


225-227 East 49th Street

Known as the Efrem Zimbalist House. Built in 1926 for the violinist and his wife, diva Alma Gluck. Look for the  violin carved over the doorway. Later Henry Luce lived here. In the 1950s the house became the 17th Precinct Station House and later still was divided into apartments.  Zimbalist was one of the world's most prominent concert violinists, as well as a composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music. He was also the father of the actor, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.