James Baldwin: In 1965, at the height of Baldwin’s fame, the author bought a remodeled rowhouse at this location, where he would live off-and-on from then until his death in 1987. During this time, Baldwin wrote the most memorable works of his later career, including If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head, and the unfinished manuscript Remember This House that was adopted to film as the critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro. The space was allocated so that Baldwin’s mother Emma lived on one floor and his sister Paula lived on another, leaving the ground floor apartment for himself. He hung a large painting by his mentor Beauford Delaney on one of his walls depicting a black boy playing with snowballs.
The above tax photo is from 1964, a year before James Baldwin bought the building, is from the NYC Municipal Archives via the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.