Before Jay-Z was letting his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, lean on one of his paintings, or before Uniqlo started selling T-Shirts of his designs, Jean-Michel Basquiat was just another artist in the Greenwich Village, trying to make a living. He lived on 57 Great Jones Street, in a small building that once belonged to Andy Warhol.
Today, the small building that once housed one of the most popular artists in the world is now a Japanese restaurant. Thousands of people walk by it everyday, unaware of the history and stories that this small building in NoHo has within its walls. Now, people will no longer be unaware, because on July 13th, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled a plaque near the front door of the loft building not only with Basquiat’s name, but with a few words describing what the late artist, who died in 1988, meant to the neighborhood. (more…)