Harper Lee, author of the Southern Gothic classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was born and died in Monroeville, Alabama. But it turns out Lee had kept a long-time perch in Yorkville.
Not only was her one-bedroom apartment a secret, but it was also cheap by UES standards. Her rent had stayed at about $900 a month, thanks to a landlord who liked her. This according to the New York Post.
Ottomanelli Bros. butcher shop is a few doors down on York Avenue. Lee reported there every morning at 7:30 a.m. for her coffee and raison scone — then returned later for a steak to take home.
The Post had a picture of the buzzer panel with “Lee-H” next to the button for apartment 1E.
Lee’s name was gone by the time we came by, alas.
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