The renowned playwright Lorraine Hansberry lived here with her family until she went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948. Her father's battle and subsequent U.S. Supreme Court victory furthered the effort to outlaw racially restrictive housing covenants, and also inspired Hansberry to write A Raisin in the Sun—the first drama by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.
Truman Capote lived in the basement apartment of 70 Willow Street for ten years, which he rented from his friend Oliver Smith. While living there, he finished Breakfast at Tiffany's and wrote the novel In Cold Blood. Capote's essay "A House in the Heights" includes the quote, "I live in Brooklyn. By choice."
Novelist Thomas Wolfe lived in the brownstone at 5 Montague Terrace from 1933 to 1935. While living there he wrote the short story Only the Dead Know Brooklyn, as well as the novel Of Time and River.
The White Horse Tavern was made famous by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as the bar where he drank his last whiskey. Inside, portraits of Dylan Thomas adorn the walls, and a plaque commemorating him hangs above the bar. In the 1950s and 1960s, many more literary figures were drawn to the bar, including Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and New York School poets such as John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara.
Patchin Place, a quiet dead-end alley off West Tenth Street, was home to many writers, musicians, and artists over the years. Notable residents included John Reed (1 Patchin Place), e.e. cummings (4 Patchin Place), Djuna Barnes (5 Patchin Place), and Theodore Dreiser. While the alley is closed to vehicular traffic, the gate is usually open on the sidewalk for residents and visitors alike.
The Alexander Pushkin statue by Alexander Bourganov was erected in 2000 on the campus of George Washington University as part of a cultural exchange between Moscow and Washington. In 2009, a statue of the American poet Walt Whitman was erected in Moscow. The bronze sculpture of Pushkin is posed in front of a tall column, and pearched atop the column is the winged horse Pegasus, representing "poetry and creative inspiration."
The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism housed in a seven-level, 250,000-square-foot facility with fifteen theaters and fourteen galleries. The museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.
After Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery, he spent the rest of his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. Cedar Hill was Douglass' home from 1877 until his death in 1895, and is a National Historic Site.
The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation's mission is to preserve and interpret the home of the late poet, and to promote literary programs that nurture a passion for the written word. The widely noted avant-garde poet of the 1920s and 1930s settled in Indian River County in the latter part of her life in a cracker-style house built around 1910.
A bronze statue of Ignatius J. Reilly, the main character in John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces, stands at the entrance to the Chateau Bourbon Hotel on Canal Street.