Tribeca Loft with Long-Hidden, Original Keith Haring Mural Hits the Market
It is rare enough to come across such a magnificent triplex in trendy Tribeca. But, it is even rarer to come across a home with an original wall mural by Keith Haring. This one-of-a-kind unit offers exactly that. Haring was an incredibly influential pop-art and graffiti artist and activist of the 1980s. Much of his work consists of colorful designs with thick black lines, which are showcased around the world today. Though living with an original Haring creation may feel priceless, the 8,000-square-foot Manhattan triplex has listed for $7.995 million.
For years, this pre-war loft served as an exhibition space for the School of Visual Arts. Haring was a student there and painted this bold mural crawling up the ceiling in 1979. Seemingly forgotten and buried somewhere within, it wasn’t until 2001 that architects Todd Ernst and Frank Servidio proved the rumor of its existence to be true. Ernst explained to New York Magazine in 2008, “It was like discovering an Egyptian tomb.”
With such an outstanding treasure, this 2 bedroom and 3.5 bath loft is an unparalleled listing. A former owner even tried to move the mural, but it was not possible. This seems to be its home indefinitely, and whoever lives here, its steward. The detailed artwork sits in the apartment’s 45-foot by 45-foot great room with extravagant 26-foot high ceilings. The expansive 24-foot-high arched windows allow the dreamy sunlight to shine in and illuminate it.
Amenities also abound here, including a movie theater, game room, gym/office space, climate-controlled wine cellar, and library. Adding the cherry on top, the circa-1893 building itself is landmarked and on the National Register of Historic Places. Listed with Lisa K. Lippman and Gerard “Scott” Moore of Brown Harris Stevens, this may be the most unique New York City dwelling on the market.