There’s a reason so many super talented artists of all kinds make their permanent homes in NYC apart from the special attractions of this City as a center for so many things artisitic and creative.
It’s the unwritten code known to all New Yorkers that if you see a celebrity you leave them alone. John Lennon quoted his anonymity in NYC as one of his foremost reasons for living here and David Bowie has echoed that….the ability to walk down a street as just one of the crowd. So at the time of his death Bowie had lived in NYC longer than anywhere else on earth, somehwere around 40+ years.
He was quite markedly anti-celebrity doing without the trappings of an entourage and all the surrounding houpla of being the instant and frenzied focus of mass adulation. he only appeared in public to do those public things he chose to do, sing, act and collaborate with fellow he was extraordinary artists of various kinds
But as both an artist and an individual he was extraordinary constantly exploring and creating as he went along. Possessed of a soaring voice with a huge range and an aching physical beauty he moved through different musical and sexual explorations, always way ahead of his time. And he never stopped exploring but kept moving towards different ways of expressing himself in ways that helped everyone to hold self expression dear.
As the androgny he originally made part of his self exploration faded from his life, so it grew to prominence in everyday life elsewhere. So too the beauty and flamboyance of his clothing. The stylish men and women who walk the streets of NYC owe a great deal to his experimentation with clothing as he established the right of everyone to express themselves publicly in any way they chose.
Listen to the first video and listen to the soaring joy of his voice in his first big hit Space Odessy. Adn then listen to the second video, Starman and marvel as his belnd of vision and sound. And finally The Man who Sold The World for Bowie in his later years his image no longer a bit part of what he is exploring but his singing and songwriting still fresh and exciting.