9. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Tiny House

Edna St. Vincent Millay house

The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote sonnets about love, madness, and violence, and spent her time living a wild bohemian lifestyle in – where else – the West Village. The house she lived in in the Village has actually been proclaimed New York’s narrowest house, at only 9 and 1/2 feet wide. Despite its size, this house still managed to contain some of literature’s furthest-thinking minds, providing a home for Millay as well as the anthropologist Margaret Mead and the actor John Barrymore.

Millay worked as an actress in New York in the 1920s, and described her time there as “very, very poor and very, very merry.” Later, she would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the prize – just four years after Sara Teasdale, another poet who lived in New York, became the first woman to do so.