"Thomas Wolfe put the finishing touches on Look Homeward, Angel while living on the second floor of 27 W 15th Street in 1928": A literary tour of New York City that you should never bother to take. Look, here's an alley where someone once walked! (via)
"This is the Duane-Reade that used to be Allen Ginsberg's favorite bathhouse. And there's the Duane-Reade that used to be William Gaddis' favorite bar. And there's the Duane-Reade where 'Gentleman's Agreement' premiered in 1947."
I tried to sell tickets to my last apartment, 155 Court Street in Brooklyn, because not only was I living there when my first book was published, but my friend Peter Melman was living there when HIS first book was.
Not even my mom was interested in purchasing a ticket. I blamed the four flights of stairs, but she said the place just smelled funny and was really small.
The Algonquin, Chelsea Hotel, the White Horse, where the Voice used to be, 437 E 12 (also a stop on the NY punk history tour), Patchin Place… Actually, this itinerary checks out. You weren't really putting down Patchin Place, were you? The thing about cummings yelling out his window at Djuna Barnes every morning is excellent.
@dntsqzthchrmn I mean yeah they're all sort of vaguely interesting but for some reason it's just like… I dunno! Dead bricks! Is that weird?
@Choire Sicha Nah, I take your point — For Old New York Nerds Only, or maybe for people who really like Colonial Williamsburg. (Me times two.)
Wait, people wrote books here??
@Rollo: "… and this is the don't walk sign where Rosie O'Donnell paused to tweet what a twat Elisabeth Hasselbeck is."
It was a lovely week for lunching under the Melville bust.
The guy who created Grand Theft Auto just bought Truman Capote's old house for lots of money.
I'm so glad I won't be alive in 2080, when there will no doubt be a Boring Places Associated with the Development of Video Games Tour.
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