4. Famous Celebrities Have Lived There

Photograph by Roger Braimon

The walls of Westbeth are bursting with talent, so it’s no surprise that you would recognize the famous names of some of its former residents. These include actor Vin Diesel, abstract impressionist painter Robert De Niro Senior (father of actor Robert Di Niro Jr.) and photographers Diane Arbus, and Bob Gruen who is known for his rock and roll photography. A portrait Gruen took of John Lennon on the rooftop of Lennon’s Manhattan apartment in August of 1974 was recently turned into a commemorative postage stamp.