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I recently learned that the cover of Led Zeppelin’s fabled 1975 album Physical Graffiti was actually shot in New York, and I finally made it over to the East Village to photograph the now-famous buildings this weekend. Why there? Apparently, Led Zeppelin partied in NYC a fair amount (surprise), and the album cover designer was looking for buildings with symmetry, windows, and character — look closely and you’ll spot the creepy carved faces above the doors. Perhaps not coincidentally, about five years later, the Rolling Stones shot their “Waiting for a Friend” video on the stoop.

If you want to visit, the buildings are at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place, and they’re now flanked by a cafe called Physical Graffitea. Upon further research, I discovered that despite their rock ‘n roll pedigree, they look like standard tiny NYC apartments inside — here’s an old Trulia listing for a two-bedroom there.

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