From Warhol to Bowie: NYC’s Most Iconic Loft-Style Apartments

The loft-style apartment is one of the most distinctive of New York City’s residences due to the city’s practice of converting industrial buildings to accommodate a growing population. Popular among artists in the 1960s and 1970s for their use as an affordable studio space, the high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and open floor plans became recognizable aspects of apartments in the Manhattan’s formerly industrialized neighborhoods. Here are a few apartments that helped make lofts some of New York City's trendiest real estate.

David Bowie’s SoHo Penthouse

In 1999, David Bowie and his wife, Iman, purchased two loft-style penthouse apartments at 285 Lafayette Street in SoHo, where they lived with their daughter, Lexi. After David Bowie’s death in January of 2017, crowds of fans gathered around the building, leaving flowers and notes in a makeshift memorial to the late, great rock star. The building was previously a candy factory and has hosted other notable residents, including Courtney Love and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager.

Andy Warhol’s Factory

The Factory where pop artist Andy Warhol held his famed parties and met with his “superstars” had three loft locations between 1962 and 1984. The original Factory, called the Silver Factory for the tin foil and fractured glass incorporated into the interior décor, was located in Midtown Manhattan, where Warhol rented a true industrial loft for one hundred dollars a year. in 1967 Warhol moved his studio to the sixth floor of the Decker Building near Union Square, infamous for being where he was shot by Valerie Solanas the next year.

The Apartment from “Ghost”

The movie “Ghost,” starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, was the highest-grossing film in 1990 and a knockout success, earning five Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations for the leads. The famous pottery scene between Moore and Swayze takes place in a SoHo loft-style apartment on Prince Street. The three-bedroom apartment has been renovated since the romantic scene took place and was listed for purchase in 2015 at $10 million.

A Loft of Your Own

Blocks away from these notable lofts and in the trendy downtown neighborhood of Tribeca, Tribeca House’s loft-style apartments are spacious representations of urban artists’ favored spaces. Call or visit today to experience the white-glove amenities and find the perfect apartment for your new home.