The New York Times‘ Helene Stapinski takes readers on a leisurely, meandering tour of Brooklyn and the life of playwright Arthur Miller, weaving Miller’s life and work through his many residences in our borough of churches.
…Miller returned to Brooklyn in 1940 and moved in with her and her roommates in a seven-room apartment at 62 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, an impressive Queen-Anne-style building. Built in the 1880s, the 10-story red brick, mortar and terra cotta building near the Promenade is now called the Arlington.
The poet W.H. Auden lived around the corner at 1 Montague Terrace.
“The neighborhood was a haven for artists because it was one of the cheapest places to live in New York,” said Stephen Marino, a professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and editor of The Arthur Miller Journal, which celebrates his life and work.
Stapinski’s article also makes stops in Midwood, Red Hook, and the Navy Yard, name-checking the fortunately still-extant Montero’s and Sunny’s. Literature lovers, make a cup of tea (or pour a drink), settle in, and enjoy.
Photo: Arthur Miller and his wife Mary, with whom he lived in Brooklyn Heights from 1940 – 1955, at a reception in honor of Vittorio de Sica at the Museum of Modern Art, March 20, 1952. Photo credit FPG. Used with permission.
Photo of 62 Montague Street: Chuck Taylor for BHB