Indie music tycoon picks up $2.3M Brooklyn townhouse with controversial past

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8 Downing Street and Darius Van Arman (credit: Twitter)

Indie music producer Darius Van Arman has purchased a townhouse in the controversial development at 8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill for $2.3 million, city records show.

The development, which also includes 4 Downing Street, was previously the site of the famous “Broken Angel House,” where the artist Arthur Wood transformed an abandoned building into a livable piece of art for himself, his late wife and their children. After a fire in 2006, Wood was evicted from the home after losing a long battle to keep it.

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The Broken Angel Home (credit: runsbrooklyn.blogspot.com)

Van Arman is the co-founder of Jagjaguar Records and co-owner of Secretly Group and has worked with artists including Dinosaur, Jr, Sharon Van Etten and Bon Iver. Though there is no listing for the specific home he purchased, a listing at 4 Downing Street notes that the townhouses have three bedrooms.

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Renderings of 8 Downing Street
Renderings of 8 Downing Street
Renderings of 8 Downing Street

In 2014, Van Arman testified before Congress, asking them to redistribute revenue from the big record companies to independent music labels. In a blog post he published in Billboard before the trial, he wrote: “Big companies are using their power and accumulated resources to take what is not fairly due to them, to the detriment of independent labels, artist creators and songwriting interests.”

Renderings of 8 Downing Street
Renderings of 8 Downing Street
Renderings of 8 Downing Street
Renderings of 8 Downing Street