“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.