7. Lorraine Hansberry Residences

Like Baldwin, “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright and member of lesbian rights activist Lorraine Hansberry had lived in both the West Village and Upper West Side. Downtown Hansberry lived at 337 Bleecker Street before purchasing a row house at 112 Waverly Place after the success of “A Raisin in the Sun.” There she met her partner Dorothy Secules who was a tenant in the building.