The David Bowie Tribute Outside Lafayette Street Residence is Getting Bigger

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 at 5:07 am by
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By now you know. Alas, pop-star chameleon David Bowie passed away on Sunday after a secret eighteen-month bout with liver cancer. He died just two days after turning 69, and delivering a swan-song record called Blackstar.

We won’t pen any lengthy eulogy for the legend; there are outlets aplenty to provide more context. What we will say, however, is that we’re devastated. DJ John Richards of KEXP said it best yesterday morning – most of us didn’t know the man but somehow felt like we did. That’s a testament to his success and legacy.

Meanwhile, the media-friendly tribute outside his New York City home has been in full swing for more than twenty-four hours. Crowds gathered, and media there to document as flower bouquets, candles, and memories were placed at the foot of 285 Lafayette Street.

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By nightfall yesterday, the sidewalk was covered by the sad Bowie faithful. It quickly became a scene to be seen. Cops enforced a perimeter with barricades while fans queued to pay a final farewell. All while a steady supply of greatest hits emanated from several Bluetooth boomboxes.

Bowie lived at 285 Lafayette Street with his wife, supermodel Iman, since 1992. Apparently the plan was originally to settle in Los Angeles. New York City became the couple’s primary residence.

When was the first time you heard David Bowie’s music?

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