New York a big part of Heath Ledger

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Heath Ledger called New York City his home for several years, but attracted the most attention in 2005 when he and then-girlfriend Michelle Williams settled down in Boerum Hill. At the time, most celebrities chose to stick to Manhattan.

The Aussie native and his "Brokeback Mountain" co-star bought a three-story brownstone on the corner of Hoyt and Dean Streets for $3.5 million, according to The Brooklyn Paper.

After his move, Ledger told the newspaper that he was in love with his quiet neighborhood: "I adore it. I love my neighbors and the coffee shop down the road. We're left there to live. That's the thing in New York City: You're protected by numbers in a way -- particularly [in] Brooklyn. People are just trying to get from A to B."

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Ledger maintained a low-key lifestyle in the borough but joined an advisory board for Develop, Don't Destroy Brooklyn in 2006. The group opposed developer Bruce Ratner's plan to build a New Jersey Nets stadium in Prospect Heights.

Ledger left Brooklyn in September when he split from Williams almost two years after the birth of their daughter, Matilda. He subsequently moved to Manhattan.

Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment amid sleeping pills, the NYPD said. Photo Credit: AP Photo

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