9 of David Bowie's favourite hang-outs in New York

10th Jan 19 | Lifestyle

Celebrate the singer's life on the anniversary of his January death, by visiting these places, says Sarah Marshall.

One of the greatest rock stars of all time, David Bowie touched the hearts of many, and when he died on January 10, 2016, the world mourned a great creative loss.

Although the singer, actor, screenwriter and artist was born in London, he spent more than 20 years living in New York, and many of his favourite haunts are still standing.

David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)
David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)

Pay homage to the great man on the anniversary of his death, by visiting some of these places in the Big Apple.

1. The apartment on Lafayette Street

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After purchasing two buildings in 1999 for $US 4 million, Bowie converted them into a penthouse apartment. The location is close to many of his favourite spots, such as Washington Square Park. It is believed he died here in January 2016, and many fans left bouquets of flowers as farewells.

2. Bottega Falai, 267 Lafayette Street

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This Italian café and grocery store is close to Bowie’s former apartment. Order the prosciutto di Parma sandwich, a cappuccino, and a bomboloni. According to the restaurant’s owner, Danilo Durante, these were the singer’s favourite items.

3. Olive’s, 191 Prince Street

This tiny little take-out shop serves gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches, coffees and breakfast. A chicken sandwich with watercress and tomatoes was apparently Bowie’s favourite.

4. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E 4th St

Acting and performance were just as much a part of David Bowie’s life as music. He appeared in some classic films, such as The Man Who Fell To Earth, Just A Gigolo, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and Labyrinth. He was also a keen writer of stage productions, and co-wrote Lazarus, a sequel to The Man Who Fell To Earth, which previewed in November 2015, and ran at the NY Theatre Workshop until 20 January 2016.

5. Washington Square Park

In a 2003 essay for New York magazine, Bowie described this green space as “the emotional history of New York in a quick walk”. Surrounded by trees, with a magnificent fountain in the middle, a dog park, and an archway commemorating America’s first president, you can see why this was a beloved spot.

6. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway

This store specialises in new, used, rare, and out of print books, ranging from philosophy to finance. Bowie once said: “It’s impossible to find the book you want, but you always find the book you didn’t know you wanted.”

7. Greenwich Village

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The epicentre of the city’s 1960s counterculture movement, and once the heart of NYC’s bohemian creativity, Greenwich Village was a natural fit for Bowie. It was also the site of Electric Lady Studios, where he recorded his first US number one, “Fame”.

8. Madison Square Garden

A view of Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Bowie first performed in NYC in 1972, but it was his performance at the Concert for New York in Madison Square Garden that is one of his most memorable. The performance was in remembrance of the September 11 attack in 2001, and he sang his emotional hit song “Heroes”.

9. Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Bowie was a huge fan of the art world – even turning to a canvas himself. While Bowie’s own artwork isn’t on display, you can walk in his footsteps and admire the same paintings and artists he himself admired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

How to get there

The Holiday Place (holidayplace.co.uk) offers a seven-night stay at the Iberostar 70 Park Avenue, New York from £1,079 room only. Includes flights from London Heathrow.

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