Cruisin’ with Hart Crane on Sands Street

Ephemeral New York takes a look at the seedy history of Sands Street and mentions how much one time Brooklyn Heights resident/author Hart Crane sure liked to “cruise” the strip:

Ephemeral New York: Struggling young poet Hart Crane (below), an Ohio transplant living just a short walk away at 110 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights, regularly visited Sands Street in the 1920s.

“With Emil away at sea a lot and their relationship intermittent, Crane walked down to Sands Street searching for sex to share in a rendezvous meant not to last,” writes Evan Hughes in his wonderful book Literary Brooklyn.

“Cruising was a dangerous pursuit for Crane in a time of rampant homophobia. More than once he came home beaten and bloodied.”

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  • nabeguy

    Great links, Homer, thanks. I had always heard that Capone went to PS 7 (my alma mater) but never actually believed it.