Typical of this gifted writer, the book evocatively recalls her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, the (eventual) photographer who broke boundaries and who had a profound effect on Smith's own emergence as a genre-bending artist.
Now the townhouse at 160 Hall St, Brooklyn, NY 11205 where the talented but struggling "kids" set up house in 1967 has hit the market. At an even $1 million, the three-unit building is a little bit steeper on the Clinton Hill real estate market scale than Smith and Mapplethorpe experienced.
After the pair met and became soul mates, lovers and co-conspirators scavenging their way through Greenwich Village and lower Manhattan, Smith and Mapplethorpe settled down (temporarily) in the (at-the-time) rundown Brooklyn flat.
Smith writes in her memoir:
We had the entire second floor, with windows facing east and west, but its aggressively seedy condition was out of range of experience. Robert cut a deal with the landlord, agreeing to clean and paint it himself provided we pay only one month's deposit, instead of the required two. The rent was eighty dollars a month. We paid one hundred and sixty dollars to move into 160 Hall Street. We regarded the symmetry as favorable.
The place has changed a bit since then.
The 1901 classic townhouse is 20 feet wide, with 2,640 square feet of space spread among an owner's duplex, a spacious studio and a 1-bedroom unit. The units all have high ceilings, including 11-footers in the owner's duplex, and come with exposed brick and parquet floors.
Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group.
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