The NoHo loft where Jean-Michel Basquiat used to live and work has recently hit the rental market!
The building was once owned by Andy Warhol when Basquiat lived there on the second-floor studio for five years until his untimely death in 1988 at the age of 27. After Basquiat’s passing, the back of the ground floor space served as the home to Bohemian, an exclusive invite-only Japanese restaurant.
The roughly 6,600-square-foot building is being marketed as a “historic full building restaurant opportunity,” though they note that “all uses” will be considered.
In July 2016, the Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation, in partnership with Two Boots Pizza, revealed a plaque for Basquiat, commemorating the time he had spent in the building from 1983-1988.
The plaque reads: “From 1983-1988 renowned artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked here, a former stable owned by friend and mentor Andy Warhol. Basquiat’s paintings and other work challenged established notions of high and low art, race and class, while forging a visionary language that defied characterization.”
As noted in the listing, the building’s ground floor is 3,800-square-feet, the second floor is 1,800-square feet, and the lower level is 1,000-square-feet. The ground floor features a massive skylight in the dining room, the lower level consists of 2 walk-in boxes, dry storage, and office space, and the second floor consists of open loft space with high ceilings and multiple skylights.
The loft does come with a heft price tag, however. According to The Daily Beast, the loft could be yours if you’re willing to shell out a monthly rent of $51,000 plus $9,000 in taxes.
Either way, we can’t deny that having the ability to say you rent the space previously owned by Andy Warhol and lived in by Jean-Michel Basquiat is pretty dang cool!