Madonna Louise Ciccone was just 19 years old when she moved to New York City from her native Michigan in 1977. "It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxicab," she says. "I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done." She moved into a spare bedroom in apartment 3-B at 270 Riverside Dr.—the home of Saul Braun, whose musician son, Josh Braun, co-wrote with Madonna a few of her early songs, and another 3-B tenant, Janice Galloway. About a year later, Madonna moved into a fifth-floor walk-up at 232 E. 4th St. in the East Village. Her brother, Christopher Ciccone, describes the apartment as "two small rooms, no furniture except a big white futon, and a perpetually hissing radiator." Madonna lived here while she rehearsed and gigged with bands like the Breakfast Club. By the time she signed with Sire/Warner Bros. Records and released her debut single, "Everybody," Madonna had moved to a loft on Broome Street. She turned over the East 4th Street apartment to Christopher, who struggled to afford the rent and soon gave it up.