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The Pop Culture Lover's Guide to NYC - Fiction and Literature:



Longtime East Village resident Allen Ginsberg outside 215 Avenue C between 13th and 14th street in 1974. (Original black and white photo of Ginsberg entitled "Allen Ginsberg, East 14th Street" is by Michael Tighe).



New York City's Top Literary Landmarks alongside Lists of Iconic NYC Novels by Neighborhood - Highbrow and Lowbrow, but 100% New Yawk!


Map 1A+B FIDI - DOWNTOWN (as 2-page spread)



1 Financial - West





1 Financial - East





Map 2A+B The VILLAGES (as 2-page spread)



2 Village - West





2 Village - East





Map 3A+B MIDTOWN (as 2-page spread)



3 Midtown - West





3 Midtown - East





Map 4A+B PLAZA (as 2-page spread)



4 Plaza - West





4 Plaza - East





Map 5A+B UPPER WEST SIDE / EAST SIDE (as 2-page spread)



5 Central Park - West





5 Central Pak - East





Map 6A+B The BOROUGHS (as 2-page spread)



6 Boroughs - West





6 Boroughs - East





LITERARY LANDMARKS OF MANHATTAN - Old and New - As Show in the Maps
Legendary writers bars, authors homes, historic literary sights, and the areas of town where famous novels about New York took place.


Inside the San Remo, a famed literary watering hole of the 50's and 60's at Bleecker and MacDougal. Actors Montgomey Clift and Kevin McCarthy are at back left.



LISTED BY NEIGHBORHOOD


MAP 1A - FINANCIAL WEST
Herman Melville
• Born here in 1819
(6 Pearl St.)

Fraunces Tavern
• Since 1719; even George Washington drank here
(54 Pearl St.)

Washington Irving
• Boyhood home
(167 William St.)


MAP 1B - FINANCIAL EAST
Brooklyn Bridge
• Opened in 1883. Inspired Hart Crane's 1930 poem Brooklyn Bridge.


MAP 2A GREENWICH VILLAGE - WEST
My Sister Eileen
• Ruth McKenney's short stories took place in the basement. Later turned into the musical Wonderful Town.
(14 Gay St.)

Grove Court
• Setting for The Last Leaf by O'Henry
(13 Grove St.)

Chumley's
• Literary bar/speakeasy
(86 Bedford St.)

San Remo Cafe
• Famous 1950's-1960's literary bar: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, James Agee, James Baldwin, Frank O'hara, William Styron, W. H. Auden, James Baldwin
(93 MacDougal St.)

Gaslight Cafe
• 1950's Beat poetry readings by Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso; later Dylan's main venue
(116 MacDougal St. )

Kettle of Fish restaurant
• 50's-60's hangout: Beats; Dylan, Phil Ochs
(114 MacDougal St.)

Minetta Tavern
• 50's-70's literary hangout
(113 MacDougal St.)

Caffe Reggio
• Writer's spot; introduced cappuccino to NYC
(119 MacDougal St.)

White Horse Tavern
• Popular 1950's-1960's bar: Norman Mailer, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe, Bob Dylan)
(567 Hudson St.)
JIM: SWCorner Hudson and West 11th

Cedar Tavern
• 1960's writers's bar: Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, LeRoi Jones, Frank O'Hara; also many Abstract Expressionist painters)
(24 University Place) (closed)

Provincetown Playhouse
• Eugene O'Neill, Edward Albee plays produced here
(133 MacDougal St.)

Washington Square
• 50's-60's writer/poet /folksingers hangout; Ginsberg gave readings near the arch

Mark Twain
• Lived here for four years (building now gone)
(21 Fifth Ave. at 9th St.)

Strand Bookstore
• Legendary three-floor used bookstore; Patti Smith worked here
(828 Broadway)

Marlton Hotel
• Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Bob Dylan stayed here at different times
(5 West 8th St.)

Edward Albee
• Lived here
(50 West 10th St.)

Willa Cather
• Lived here
(5 Bank St.)

e.e. cummings
• Lived here from 1924-1962
(4 Patchin Place)

Kahlil Gibran
• Lived and wrote The Prophet here
(51 West 10th St.) (building replaced)

Dashiell Hammett
• Lived here from 1947-1952
(28 West 10th St.)

Emma Lazarus
• Lived and wrote the poem "The New Colossus" for The Statue of Liberty here
(18 West 10th St.)

Edna St. Vincent Millay
• Lived here; thinnest house in NYC: 9.5 feet wide)
(75 1/2 Bedford St.)

Thomas Wolfe
• Lived and wrote Look Homeward, Angel here
(263 West 11th St. )

Pete's Tavern
• A literary bar since the 1850's.
(129 East 18th St.)


MAP 2B - EAST VILLAGE + LOWER EAST SIDE

W. H. Auden
• Lived here
(77 St. Marks Place)

McSorley's Old Ale House
• Famed longtime literary bar
(15 East 7th St.)

Allen Ginsberg's apt.
• When he wrote Kaddish in 1958
(170 East 2nd St.)

Allen Ginsberg's apt.
• From 1952-1953
(206 East 7th St.)

William Burroughs's apt.
• From 1975-81; aka "The Bunker"
(222 Bowery)

Tompkins Square Park
• Site of annual Howl festival celebrating Allen Ginsberg
(7th-10th Sts. b/t Ave. A and Ave. B)

St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
• Longtime leader in the arts; The Patti Smith Group started here in 1971 at The Poetry Project
(131 East 10th St.)

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
• An arts center; began 1st "poetry slams" in 1989
(236 East 3rd St.)


MAP 3A WEST - MIDTOWN (formerly CHELSEA)
Jack Kerouac
• Wrote On The Road here
(454 West 20th Street)
FOR BOB MAPPING b/t 9th and 10th Aves.

Hotel Chelsea
• Legendary artists, writers and musicians long-term hotel; past residents: Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe, Brendan Behan, Mark Twain, O'Henry, Arthur C. Clark (who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey here), Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Gore Vidal, Charles Bukowski, Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious, Dee Dee Ramone
(222 West 23rd St.)
FOR BOB b/t 7th and 8th Aves.)

El Quijote restaurant and bar
• In the Chelsea Hotel building; shares its celebrity history)


MAP 3B EAST - MIDTOWN (formerly CHELSEA)
Edith Wharton's home
14 West 23rd St.; later 884-882 Park Ave at 78th)

Dashiell Hammett
• Lived here at the Hotel Kenmore Hall and finished The Maltese Falcon here
(125 East 23rd St.)

New York Public Library
• 2nd largest in U.S. next to Library of Congress; where NYC writer's got their facts;
front lions named Patience and Fortitude; A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and friends stuffed animals)
(476 Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.)

Algonquin Hotel
• Site of the "Round Table" lunchroom of 1920's writers, critics,and actors. Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Robert Sherwood, Alexander Wolcott; also a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Lillian Hellman and James Thurber
(59 West 44th St. )

Gotham Book Mart
• Frances Steloff's famed literary salon known for its connection to James Joyce; famous front sign read "Wise Men Fish Here"
(41 West 47th St) (closed)

Turtle Bay Gardens
• 21 townhouses around a private central backyard; E. B. White lived here from 1946-1957 at 229 E. 48th when he wrote Charlotte's Web. A tree in the yard is a central theme of his 1949 essay This is New York
(48th and 49th Sts., east of 3rd Ave.)

The New Yorker offices
• Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, E. B. White, Alexander Wolcott wrote here. Many other artists and cartoonists got their start here
(25 West 43rd St.)

Truman Capote
• Lived here
(860-870 U. N. Plaza)
BOB:b/t 1st Ave and FDR Drive)


MAP 4A PLAZA - WEST
The Central Park Carousel
• Holden's sister reaches for the brass ring here at the end of Catcher in the Rye
(Center of Central Park at 65th St.)

Shakespeare's Garden
• A hillside garden filled with plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare's works
(Just west of Belvedere Castle in the park at 79th St.)

The Apthorp
• Full-block building where many writers lived including Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, Nora Ephron, and Joseph Heller)
(2207 Broadway)
BOB b/t 78-79th Sts.)


MAP 4B PLAZA - EAST
The Plaza Hotel
• Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald are said to have taken a nighttime swim in Pulitzer Fountain out front. Eloise fictionally lived here. Truman Capote held his "Black and White" party here. Scenes from the novel The Great Gatsby took place inside. Also featured in the book The Princess Diaries.
(768 Fifth Ave. at West 57th St.)

Arthur Miller
• Lived here with Marilyn Monroe
(444 East 57th St.)
BOB: b/t 1st and Sutton Pl.)


John Steibeck's brownstone
• From 1951-1968. Wrote Travels with Charley here.
(206 East 72nd St.)
BOB b/t 3rd and 2nd Aves.)

Bemelman's Bar at the Hotel Carlisle
• The bar's walls are murals by Ludwig Bemelman, the creator of the Madeline books
(35 East 76th)

Tom Wolfe
• Lived here
(232 East 62nd St.)
BOB b/t 3rd and 2nd Aves.)

Literary Walk
• Features statues of great literary figures like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns and lesser known Fitz-Greene Hallect
(At the south end of the Central Park Mall at 66th St.)

Alice in Wonderland statue
• It's big enough for 20 kids to sit on.
(Next to Model Boat Pond, Central Park at 75th St.)

Hans Christian Anderson statue
• Hans is reading a book to a bronze duckling
(In the park next to Conservatory Pond at 74th St.)

Model Boat Pond
• Also called Conservatory Water: this is where Stuart Little sails
(In the park at 74th St.)



MAP 5 A - CENTRAL PARK WEST (up to 113th St)
J. D. Salinger
• Boyhood home
(390 Riverside Drive)
BOB at West 111th Street)

ARROW TO THIS COLUMBIA BOX

Columbia University
• The Beat Movement formed here with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs. Also many other writers graduated from here: Isaac Asimov, Paul Aster, Jerome Charyn, Kiran Desai, Walter Farley, Paul Gallico, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Joseph Heller, J.D. Salinger, Upton Sinclair, Hunter S. Thompson, Eric Van Lustbader, Herman Wouk, and Roger Zelaney

COLUMBIA BOX

Jack Kerouac's apt.
• Legendary 6th-floor "beat generation" apartment. Jack Kerouac, wife Edie Parker, and Hal Chase shared an apartment here. Lucien Carr and William Burroughs visited; Allen Ginsberg met Kerouac here.
(421 West 118th St.)
BOBb/t Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive)


HARLEM
JIM: AN ARROW UP FROM UPPER WEST SIDE PAGE FOR HARLEM

JIM: The Harlem one is different from the rest because there's no particular spot but it should work in the Harlem BOx.
MAP 5B - UPPER EAST - EAST
Al Hirschfeld
• The theater and celebrity caricaturist lived here
(122 East 95th Street )
BOB b/t Park and Lex)

The Secret Garden statue
• Mary and Dikon from Frances Hodgson Burnett'sThe Secret Garden
(Conservatory Garden; E 104th St. and Fifth Ave.)


Harlem
• Scene of the "Harlem Renaissance" of the 1920's and 1930's in African-American culture, including writers Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Langston Hughes' home
• From 1948-1967
(20 East 127th St.)


BRONX
Edgar Allen Poe's cottage
• He lived the last years of his life here: 1846-1849
(2640 Grand Concourse)

BROOKLYN
Coney Island
(A Coney Island of the Mind (1958) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Front cover depicts the lights of the Luna Park amusement area.)

Norman Mailer
• Lived here on the 4th floor.
(142 Columbia Heights (street) in Brooklyn Heights)

Richard Wright's apt.
• From 1908-1960
(175 Carlton Avenue, Fort Green)

Truman Capote's house
(70 Willow Street, Brooklyn Heights)
BOB b/t Orange and Pineapple St, Brooklyn Heights)