Influential abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, whose drip style of painting received critical acclaim, lived here. He came to New York in 1930 with his brother to study at the Arts Students League. Pollock had a troubled life, battling alcoholism and possibly bipolar disorder. Despite this, his unique painting style won him considerable praise and following his death in 1956 the Museum of Modern Art featured a memorial retrospective exhibition of his work.
In addition to his residence on Carmine Street, Pollock lived in several Village locations, including MacDougal Alley.