Before his untimely death in 1959–the “day the music died”–Buddy Holly briefly lived at the then-brand-new Brevoort apartment building in Greenwich Village. His band the Crickets had moved to NYC in 1958 to be a part of the music scene, so Holly and new wife Maria Elena Santiago rented a corner two-bedroom apartment with a wrap-around terrace for just $1,000 a month. This unit, where he made his final recordings of “Crying,” “Waiting, Hoping,” and “Peggy Sue Got Married,” has just hit the market for $1,595,000 (h/t Curbed).
The place is pretty standard for a modern, renovated co-op, save for the balcony with views down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park and the World Trade Center and up to the Empire State Building. The outdoor space is accessed through the large living/dining room.
The kitchen and an office/den are on one side of the living room, while the master bedroom is on the other.
Though he only lived at the apartment for less than a year, Buddy Holly used the time to frequent local music spots like the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and Village Gate. The tracks that he recorded here, known as the “Apartment Tapes,” were posthumously released.
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Photos courtesy of Compass
Photo of Buddy Holly via Wiki Commons
Neighborhoods : Greenwich Village