“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

James Baldwin


James Baldwin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2018
1. James Baldwin Marker
Inscription.  The great American writer James Baldwin lived in an apartment here from 1958 through 1961. The power and eloquence of Baldwin's varied works impacted ideas about race, class, sexuality, and morality, and played an important role in the civil rights movement. The Village is reflected in the bestselling novel "Another Country" which he worked on while residing here.
Erected 2015 by Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation with the generous support of the Two Boots Foundaion.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil Rights.
Location. 40° 44.33′ N, 74° 0.451′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Horatio Street west of Greenwich Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 Horatio Street, New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 82 Jane Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jane Street (about 500 feet away); The Davisson-Germer Experiment
James Baldwin Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2018
2. James Baldwin Marker - wide view
(about 700 feet away); Westbeth Artists’ Housing (about 700 feet away); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (about 800 feet away); Private Michael J. Lynch Flagstaff (about 800 feet away); Abingdon Square Doughboy (about 800 feet away); Cpl. John A. Seravalli Memorial Playground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. James Baldwin on Prejudice, Love, and Truth (YouTube, 2 mins.). (Submitted on November 12, 2018.)
2. James Baldwin (Wikipedia). James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin's essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award–nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro....Baldwin's
81 Horatio Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 1, 2019
3. 81 Horatio Street
novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement. (Submitted on November 12, 2018.) 

3. The James Baldwin Residence -- 81 Horatio Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on September 16, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ, 🏳️‍🌈
James Baldwin, 1961 image. Click for full size.
Allen Warren (via Wikipedia, CC 3.0 license)
4. James Baldwin, 1961
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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