Harry Nilsson's Childhood Home

March 2020


Description: Singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson grew up on the third floor of this building, with three generations of his family sharing six rooms, above what was then a sewing machine shop. They were poor, and the neighborhood was tough. His father off with the Merchant Marines, Harry's mother and her brother "hot-swapped" a single bed, in which one slept while the other one worked. His grandmother slept in a room that was "little more than an alcove," wrote Alyn Shipton, in his excellent biography, "Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter."

Location: 762 Jefferson Avenue, Bedstuy, New York