"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."

Edgar Allan Poe is most known for his home in the heart of Baltimore, but did you know he also lived in NYC at some point?  Number 85 West 3rd street was where some of his stories such as The Raven, The Bells, and The Fall of the House of Usher were written.

NYU eventually bought this street, but wanted to retain the look of his home for its historical significance to American fiction. However, before it was NYU territory, it was an italian restaurant called Bertolotti's . It also was at one point a gay dance bar named after one of Poe's stories, The Gold Bug. 

Poe was one of the best horror genre authors ever. His story, The Raven practically made him famous in the USA overnight. Children then developed a game, where they would follow him, flapping their arms and cawing behind him. To play along, he would then turn around and and say, "nevermore."