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Andy Warhol-The Factory-10 NYC Haunts-2Andy Warhol in The Factory. Photo via Phaidon.

Andy Warhol was not only one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, but an equally iconic New Yorker. Although he died in 1987, the pop artist would have been celebrating his 88th birthday this year on August 6th. In honor of his birthday, here are 10 spots to visit in honor of Warhol.

1. Andy Warhol’s First Apartment 1342 Lexington Ave. 

Factory_Lexington_Avenue Photo via Wikimedia Commons by GMastromatteo

In 1959, Andy Warhol purchased his first building, an 1889 row house at 1342 Lexington Avenue where he lived with his mother and their cats. The pop artist created some of his most popular works in this townhouse, including his Campbell’s Soup series. He lived there until 1974. According to Zillow, the late pop artist’s home sold for $5.5 million in 2013.

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  1. Sir RICHARD C. IRITANO says:

    I was an acquaintance of Andy Warhol by complete accident. My grandfather lived in the West Village, where I was raised on Charles Street. One day, I was sitting on the front steps of our home, when Warhol was walking up my block to Bleecker Street, and asked if he could pet my cat, Noodles. Now, this was 1967, when I was about five years old, and I thought he was just a local from the neighborhood.

    Then, his attention turned to one of my very primitive watercolors that I had brought outside to dry. He liked my drawing of a sunflower, with a serpient that was wrapped around the long flower’s stem. He asked me if I imagined that image before drawing it, and I told him that I had only witnessed the real thing in the garden that we had in our backyard. In season, my family and I often dine alfresco when the weather was nice, and after dinner I wandered to where the sunflowers were planted, and there it was—a baby snake wrapped around the towering stem of the sunflower, and I ran to get my grandfather’s sketchbook and started painting the live scene.

    Ten years later, Warhol actually returned to our home, in 1977. By that time, I wasn’t even sure that he would have remembered who I was. Not only did he remember me, but he asked about that drawing of the sunflower, which he had seen alongside of me on the steps of our home, so very long ago. I told him that my grandfather framed it for me, and it was hanging on the hallway outside of my bedroom. I was surprised when he asked to see the drawing again, and when I showed it to him, he offered to autograph it for me, and I happily accepted!

    I STILL have that childhood drawing today, replete with Andy Warhol’s famous signature, followed by a small inscription underneath his name that reads: “To Richy Rich, Flower Power is yours forevermore.”

    I never had it appraised, but I will cherish it forever. Before he left, though, he made a curious prediction. He said that I will one day be famous for some great work—although he did not say that it would be the great work of an artist. I am still waiting to fullfill Warhol’s insightful prediction, circa 1977!

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