A Whistlestop Tour of Famous New York City Artists’ Studios and Homes


If you’ve got a spare $650, you can apparently rent one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s old studios for a night on Airbnb. Investigating artists’ places of work has always fascinated the Flavorwire crew, and there are few better places to do so that NYC (even if you can’t actually get into all of them). The city is dotted with the locations of legendary studios — you just have to know where to look.

Keith Haring: 676 Broadway

Haring had a studio at this building between Third and Bond Streets up until his death in 1990. These days it houses the Keith Haring Foundation, which he established shortly before his death.

Louise Bourgeois: 347 West 20th Street

Bourgeois lived here with her family from 1962 until her death in 2010 at the age of 98. She was renowned for hosting Sunday salons at her home, inviting artists established and emerging alike, along with writers, musicians, and various other creative types. (If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also visit her studio at 475 Dean Street in Flatbush.)

Jackson Pollock: 46 East 8th Street

The artist and his brother Charles rented an entire floor of this building in 1933 for the princely sum of $35 a month. He lived here on and off for the next decade, at one point knocking out a wall so that he could stretch a 20-foot canvas commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim.

Diane Arbus: 131 1/2 Charles Street

Arbus lived here with her children for a decade after she left her husband in 1958. (Her address was 131 1/2, the door on the left — it’s a converted stable, curiously.)

Andy Warhol: 860 Broadway

There were several incarnations of the famous Factory — the original location is sadly no longer still standing, but you can visit the second (33 Union Square West) and this, the third and final address, where you can see the Andy Monument outside.