Since the early days of Hollywood, buses have been filled with fans holding star maps and Kodak cameras to tour the hills and catch sight of the fancy dwellings of the stars. But what is the art world equivalent? In New York City, turn a corner and it is very likely a legend has sat upon every neighboring stoop—and if your landlord has been around for awhile, you never know who they may have hassled for rent, back in the day.Jean-Michel Basquiat: At 57 Great Jones Street, Andy Warhol transformed a Civil War-era stable-turned-dancehall/saloon-turned-hangout of the Italian mob into an artist’s studio—which he then rented to Basquiat.
Marc Chagall: 4 East 74th Street; After Marc Chagall—who moved into the top floor of this townhouse after fleeing the Nazi occupation in Paris—this 14,000-square-foot mansion was rented by Michael Jackson.
Chuck Close: 20 Bond Street; For 30 years, Chuck Close has painted in a light-drenched ground-floor studio in a NoHo artist’s collective—one he loves enough to battle the courts in a lawsuit to save the space from a towering, light-blocking building next door.