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Henry David Thoreau is best known for living in bucolic Massachusetts. Is it true that he actually spent some time in NYC?

 The future resident of Walden Pond arrived at Castleton, Staten Island in 1843 to serve as a tutor. Exploring the city and its literary prospects, he struggled to embrace his surroundings and its multitudes. The "brick and stone" was hard on the feet of this dedicated walker who preferred the Staten Island woods. He returned, discouraged, to Concord after a six-month stay.

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