Best little house in the Village (2008)

75 12 Bedford Street

The wildly liberated, ferry-riding, candle-burning literary prodigy and good-time girl Edna St. Vincent Millay lived in this circa-1873 house at 75 1/2 Bedford Street from 1923 to 1924. Nicknamed "the narrowest house in the Village," this nine-and-a-half-foot-wide domicile was originally entered through the back alley, which can be glimpsed by walking around the corner and peering through the gate on Commerce Street. Strip back the decades in your mind (as Edmund Wilson once stripped off Millay's silken frocks) and imagine the poet penning "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver"—for which she won a 1923 Pulitzer Prize—in this very house.


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