Brooklyn Heights: Lena Dunham’s reported neighborhood marks 50 years as NYC’s first historic district

“Girls” creator Lena Dunham may be the most famous artist reported to be living in Brooklyn Heights in recent years, but the neighborhood has a rich cultural legacy.

Over the decades, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers and Hart Crane all lived in the prestigious neighborhood that is famed for its pre-Civil War homes and a promenade overlooking the East River. Truman Capote, who wrote the best-seller, “In Cold Blood,” while living in a basement apartment, later famously began his memoir with “I live in Brooklyn. By choice.”

Today, those bygone writers might find a lot familiar about Dunham’s neighborhood, thanks to a fight to preserve its architecture and character that culminated 50 years ago in its designation as the city’s first historic district.