May 6, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates moves to Brooklyn



Living room of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new $2.1 million home. Image via Curbed.

Note: In response to subsequent events, this story has been updated.

In 1948, the legendary abolitionists Ellen and William Craft, successfully escaped slavery in Macon, Georgia, by adopting ingenious disguises.

In an apparent nod to their bravery, the National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates used their names for the LCC under which he just purchased a stunning brownstone in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

The New York Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil reports that Coates—whose 2015 book Between the World and Me established him as a major writer on race relations in America—has paid the asking price of $2.1 million for the beautiful, three-story house. With four bedrooms, exquisite parquet floors, elaborate wedding cake moldings, and several sets of pocket doors, it’s an opulent purchase for a writer coasting on his 2015 National Book Award and a MacArthur Genius Grant—not to mention his work on a forthcoming Black Panther book series for Marvel, and a new two-book deal with Random House’s One World imprint.

Just a couple of blocks from Prospect Park, the house is nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street dominated by brownstones. But don’t change your dog walking route just yet—according to the real estate agent at Corcoran, Coates won’t be moving in until August.


Kait Howard was a publicist at Melville House.