The townhouse at 502 East 11th Street was the family home and art studio of the abstract expressionist, Jay Rosenblum (1933-89). The first residence built on the block in 1836, this handsome townhouse encompasses nearly 4,000 square feet above-grade on a 19 x 80 ft lot. Here, in the fourth-floor workspace under a 10 ft. skylight and exposed beams, Rosenblum created his geometric paintings and prints to exhibit in galleries around the country; and it was here that he designed, on a grand scale, his “Visual Stripes Motif” for City Walls, Inc. to paint outside murals on building facades in New York City.
The townhouse consists of 4 floors plus a full height cellar with access to the garden. The townhouse includes a deep South-facing garden, anchored by a 50 year old mulberry tree, and a roof deck which is planted with flowering plants and a cornucopia of fruit-laden bushes, vegetables, and herbs. Currently configured as 4 apartments (one per floor), the townhouse will be delivered vacant, and would make an ideal single family home. Alternatively, the potential for rental income in this prime, central East Village location (between Avenues A and B) could make it a compelling investment property.
The bohemian world which Jay Rosenblum created for his family is still reflected in the decor and spirit of the home. 502 East 11th St. embraces a lifestyle and an appreciation for the unique neighborhood the East Village was--and still is today.