Harper Lee’s UES apartment cost less than $1,000 a month

The late “To Kill a Mockingbird” author renewed her lease just a few months ago

TRD New York /
Feb.February 21, 2016 04:00 PM

Much-beloved author Harper Lee passed away this week at 89. And although the “To Kill a Mockingbird” author lived in Monroeville, Ala., it turns out she also had an Upper East Side apartment.

Lee renewed the lease on her apartment at 433 East 82nd Street only a few months ago, according to the New York Post. She signed the two-year lease at her one-bedroom, even though she hadn’t lived there since suffering a stroke in 2007.

“She’s up-to-date on her rent,” the property manager Steven Austern told the Post. Not surprising, since her rent was less than $1,000 a month.

Because the apartment was not Lee’s primary residence, Austern could have terminated the lease and collected a higher rent from a new tenant. But he told the Post that he couldn’t do that.

“She was a personal friend of mine,” Austern said.

“She was a very Southern and hospitable type of person,” one neighbor added.

The neighbor added that while living there, Lee would finish the New York Times Magazine crossword puzzle by 9 a.m. every Sunday and leave it on a table in the building lobby.

Lee moved to Manhattan in 1949 and worked as an airline reservation agent. [NYP]Christopher Cameron


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