Truman Capote got Manhattanites to cross bridges for his swank soirees long before the hipsters discovered that more space and cheaper rent existed -- with majestic architecture -- east of the island
. "I live in Brooklyn. By choice," Capote famously penned in 1959.
Much has changed in the 45 years since Capote rented a ground-level garden apartment in this 11-bedroom Brooklyn Heights mansion. The literary great's former partying grounds was recently listed for a potentially record-breaking $18 million -- ranking at what could be the most expensive piece of real estate in the history of this New York City borough.