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James Baldwin: While the author frequently commuted between Paris and New York, he spent his time in New York residing in this townhouse. He lived here during the late 1950s and early 1960s, one of the most prolific and successful periods of his career. The townhouse’s location in Greenwich Village helped it provide a refuge for the gay, black Baldwin to examine his identity and meet like-minded individuals. For these reasons, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation broadly credits the “village scene” for influencing his writing and activism.

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