Bowery Boys: “10 Fabulous Facts About 70 Willow Street”

With the yellow house at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote once lived fetching the highest price for a single-family home in Brooklyn history last week, New York history blog The Bowery Boys has come up with a delectable post “Ten fabulous facts about 70 Willow Street.”

Read all about the home being a destination for the anti-women’s Suffrage movement, its donation to the Red Cross, Capote’s love for the Heights and Jackie Kennedy’s lunch date there. And scandalous anecdotes, like the fact that 70 Willow Street was built in 1839 by Adrian Van Sinderen, a descendant of original Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam. The house passed to his son Adrian Jr., a prominent New York lawyer, who fell spectacularly from grace when he mishandled the family trust. He died nearly penniless and alone in New Lots.

Another post offering a history lesson on 70 Willow can be found on the Brooklyn Before Now blog here.

(Photo: The Bowery Boys)

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  • KT

    I haven’t listened to this yet, but I am a huge fan of The Bowery Boys podcasts. Always entertaining and full of interesting NYC history.

  • SheilA

    Really enjoy the bits about historical bklyn hts. Thanks.