David Bowie may have kept a private life, but he did speak of his love for New York – the city he’d fantasized of as a teenager and where he would call home from 1992 until his death. He first visited New York in 1971 and later detailed the experience in an article for Vulture Magazine. “I saw it with multicolored glasses, to say the least.”
In it he described some of his favorite spots in the city. He singled out Washington Square Park, calling it “the emotional history of New York in a quick walk.” He also detailed his love of the Strand Bookstore (now located at Broadway & East 12th street) because “it’s impossible to find the book you want, but you always find the book you didn’t know you wanted.”
Somewhat surprisingly, David Bowie was also fond of New York’s Soho House. Quick to brush off the jeers of the press and locals at the time hoping for it to fail, he brought his eccentric charm to the exclusive club as a founding member.
David Bowie’s US tours spanning over four decades also brought him to numerous live music venues across the city. His first of many performances at Madison Square Garden was with Elvis Presley in 1972 and he played a number of gigs at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and smaller venues like the St Anne’s Warehouse, the Music Hall at Snug Harbor, and the now defunct Cat Club.
In 1999, David Bowie bought two adjoining apartments in Soho at 285 Lafayette Street for $4 million with his wife Iman, where he lived until his death. As the news of Bowie’s death broke, a memorial grew outside his apartment building with flowers, records, letters and more (pictured above.)
A David Bowie tribute concert organized prior to the icon’s death will be performed at Carnegie Hall in March, featuring Cyndi Lauper, The Roots, Perry Farrell and more.