I. 98 Bowery, 1969 - 89
I was living with my California friend, Carla Dee Ellis, in a small apartment on Thompson Street. Carla was a painter and as I also had art ambitions when we heard that an old flop house at 98 Bowery was being rented to artists we quickly grabbed the lease for the raw 2000 square-feet top floor loft. The rent was $175 a month.
Back in 1969 the Bowery was New York’s skid row dominated by bars and drunks sleeping on the streets. Harry’s Bar was on the ground floor at 98 Bowery so we often had to push away inebriated men to enter the building. Less visible were the artists and bohemians living in the area’s upper floors in spaces that once housed factories and warehouses.