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Fame Slept Here

The Facts: A one-bedroom, one-bath co-op in a circa-1905 building.
Asking price: $825,000.
Maintenance: $1,045 per month.
Agent: Margaret H. Velard, Brown Harris Stevens.

Bathed in light and overlooking a picturesque brownstone block, this little one-bedroom would make a perfect writing studio. In fact, it was one: The writer and literary critic Elizabeth Hardwick used it as her office until December 2007, when she passed away at the age of 91. It had been her writer’s shack since the days of her impossible 23-year marriage to the poet Robert Lowell, though he never spent much time in the apartment, preferring to run around with his students and other hangers-on. Hardwick, during the years when she worked here, wrote a stack of well-regarded novels, a Melville biography, and sheaves of criticism, especially for The New York Review of Books, the spirited biweekly that she, Lowell, and several other prominent literary figures founded in 1963. The building, called Central Park Studios, is on a block that was once known as an artists’ and writers’ district, centering on the Hotel des Artistes down the block.


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