We were devastated by yesterday's news that the legend and visionary and otherworldly musical genius David Bowie had passed away after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer.
It was an especially impactful announcement here in New York City. Not because Bowie's legendary music affected us more heartily, but because he lived here among us for a time.
Since Bowie was living among us in NYC on Sunday and he isn't today, It's hard not to feel like an earthquake rattled the city.
As we expected, a memorial sprung up outside Bowie's home on Lafayette Street in SoHo yesterday.
It began with a few bouquets of flowers, and by last night, rivers of people lined up down the street leaving more flowers, candles, and letter's at Bowie's doorstep.
Of course, some of the mourners who flocked to Bowie's house were musicians, and of course the melodies emanating from their instruments were Bowie's songs.
The scene was large enough that it attracted NYPD officers, instructing people to wait in line to pay their respects.
The police may have prevented the vigil from becoming mayhem, but they weren't able to prevent one man from spray painting the words "LETS DANCE" onto a nearby fence.
We wish David Bowie could have seen the hundreds of people gathered in below freezing weather to connect in Bowie's legacy. It's obvious by the images below how much David Bowie meant to us.
We're grateful we live in a climate that encourages such beautiful displays of collective mourning, and that we could all unite in Bowie's golden shadow one last time to pay our respects. Rest in power, Bowie.
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