January 20, 2016, will officially go down in the online annals as David Bowie Day in New York City. Tonight, before the curtain call for the final performance of the Bowie-created musical Lazarus, Mayor Bill de Blasio will christen the day by reading an official proclamation. Although born in South London, Bowie was an adopted New Yorker, and both the city and its citizens have united this week to celebrate the illustrious artist. In other Bowie news, his 28th and final album, Blackstar — released on his 69th birthday — has reached No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 chart (a first for the legend) and on iTunes charts in 69 countries worldwide.
Even though Bowie never scored high on the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, his influence did not go unnoticed. This week’s issue of the Voice features the Thin White Duke gracing the cover and features various tributes, including a rundown of his best live moments in NYC and a look into his diverse roles in the movies.
Since his death on January 10, Bowie has been on the minds of New Yorkers, both those who’ve visited his former home at 285 Lafayette and those who’ve simply spent some time with Blackstar on their morning commute. It’s fitting that the city would add another date of note to the calendar to honor Bowie and his gone-too-soon talent.
Happy David Bowie Day, New York.