February 16, 2021

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Jose Fresan

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SAMO: 57 Great Jones Street

Photo by EV Grieve evgrieve.com If you’re ever wondering around the area in between the West Village and the East Village right North of Houston you might stumble around a building that looks like a street art museum of sorts. But the building at 57 Great Jones Street is more …

Photo by EV Grieve evgrieve.com

If you’re ever wondering around the area in between the West Village and the East Village right North of Houston you might stumble around a building that looks like a street art museum of sorts. But the building at 57 Great Jones Street is more than its collection of street art in the facade. This building used to house the studio of world-famous artist Jean Michel-Basquiat.

Basquiat lived and worked in the downtown loft at 57 Great Jones Street, which was then owned by Andy Warhol, from 1983 until his death in 1988. It was there that he created some of his most famous work. It was Basquiat’s shrine but also his place of demise since he died there of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

In 2016, the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation installed a plaque in the building’s facade to commemorate the legacy of the artist in the neighborhood. So if you’re wondering the streets of Noho someday make sure to look for Basquiat’s place at 57 Great Jones Street and maybe you can check out some art show at Same Old Gallery which is now located where the studio used to be.

You can take a little video tour in the following link: