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Andy Warhol 1928-1987 The Pop artist best known for his silkscreens of cultural icons, including Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao, and Campbell’s Soup cans, lived here from 1974 to 1987. The founder of Interview magazine and producer of underground films such as Chelsea Girls (1966) and Trash (1970) predicted, “everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.”

57 East 66th Street, NY 10065, New York, NY, United States
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Scott Joplin 1868-1917 The King of Ragtime composer and pianist, whose works include the classic rags, The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, and the opera, Treemonisha, lived here in 1917.

163 West 131st Street, NY 10027, New York, NY, United States
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Cecil B. DeMille 1881-1959 The director and producer of silent and sound epic films lived here from 1906 to 1913. He directed the first Hollywood feature motion picture, The Squaw Man (1913). Known for his multimillion-dollar spectacles, he produced 70 films including The Ten Commandments.

622 West 114th Street, NY 10025, New York, NY, United States
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John Dewey 1859-1952 The influential educator and philosopher rejected education by rote in favor of “learning by doing,” which develops the critical thinking skills Dewey believed were essential for participation in a democratic society. He lived here from 1913 to 1927, and was the author of Democracy and Education (1916) and Experience and Nature (1925).

545 West 112th Street, NY 10025, New York, NY, United States
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Victor Herbert 1859-1924 The conductor and composer, lived here from 1904 to 1924. During that time, he organized the Victor Herbert Orchestra, wrote the operettas “Naughty Marietta” and “Sweethearts,” advocated the Copyright Law of 1909, and helped to found ASCAP.

321 West 108th Street, NY 10025, New York, NY, United States
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Houdini 1874-1926 The magician lived here from 1904 to 1926, collecting illusions, theatrical memorabilia, and books on psychic phenomena and magic. Famous for daring escapes, no restraints-ropes, chains, straitjackets, bank vaults, or jail cells-could hold him.

278 West 113th Street, NY 10026, New York, NY, United States
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Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth) 1895-1948 “The Sultan of Swat” led the New York Yankees to seven pennants between 1920 and 1934. Ruth hit 714 career home runs, a record until 1974. He lived here for several years, beginning in 1929, and then moved to 173 Riverside Drive.

345 West 88th Street, NY 10024, New York, NY, United States
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Marian Anderson 1897-1993 In 1939, after the contralto was refused the use of Constitution Hall by the D.A.R. because of her race, she sang at the Lincoln Memorial for an audience of 75,000. The first African American to perform at The White House (1936), and to be a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Company (1955), lived here from 1958 to 1975. During that time, she served as an alternate delegate to the United Nations (1958).

1200 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029, New York, NY, United States
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Al Hirschfeld 1903-2003 20th Century Master of Caricature Residence and Studio In more than 10,000 drawings, Hirschfeld chronicled the celebrity culture of the century. A self-described characterist, his linear calligraphic work of performers, on stage and screen, appeared in virtually every publication, including a 75 year relationship with The New York Times. He claimed his goal was to take the character, created by the playwright and portrayed by the actor, and reinvent it for the reader.

122 East 95th Street, NY 10128, New York, NY, United States
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George Gershwin 1898–1937 The composer lived here with lyricist Ira Gershwin during 1929–33, the years they wrote Broadway shows Girl Crazy and, their political satires, Of Thee I Sing, and Let 'Em Eat Cake.

33 Riverside Drive, NY 10023, New York, NY, United States
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Edna Ferber 1887-1968 The widely-read novelist, short story writer, and playwright, best known for the novel Giant (1952), lived here from 1923 to 1929. Ferber’s fiction is distinguished by larger-than-life stories, strong female characters, and distinctive renderings of American settings. Two of her novels were published while she lived here: the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), and Show Boat (1926).

50 Central Park West, NY 10023, New York, NY, United States
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John Steinbeck 1902-1968 The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath (1939) was a prolific writer who showed great compassion for the ordinary person caught up in political and economic circumstances beyond his or her control. Often called The Bard of The People, his novels include Of Mice and Men, Tortilla Flat, and East of Eden. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, and lived here for the last five years of his life.

190 East 72nd Street, NY 10021, New York, NY, United States
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John J. Fitzgerald 1894-1963 The turf reporter, who popularized “The Big Apple” as a name for N.Y.C. racetracks, lived here from 1934 to 1963. He first heard the term, equating “the big time” with N.Y.C. racing, in 1920 from African-American stable hands in New Orleans. A decade later, jazz musicians began using the name to identify N.Y.C. as the Capital of Jazz. By the 1970s, “The Big Apple” replaced “Fun City” as the international description of our city.

West 54th Street and Broadway, NY 10019, New York, NY, United States
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Dorothy Thompson 1893-1961 The journalist, known as "the intrepid girl reporter" lived here from 1941 to 1957. Her book I Saw Hitler and column, "On the Record," were influential in calling for American intervention in World War II.

237 East 48th Street, NY 10017, New York, NY, United States
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Malvina Hoffman 1887-1966 The sculptor of numerous works in bronze and marble, a pupil of Rodin, lived here from 1914 to 1966. Her series of 101 portraits, Races of Man (1930-35), a result of an anthropological study trip around the world, reflected the variety of human forms.

150-158 East 36th Street, Sniffen Court, NY 10016, New York, NY, United States
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Bernard M. Baruch College/CUNY A center of commerce by the 1840's, NYC attracted a growing immigrant population. Townsend Harris, President of the Board of Education, saw the need for publicly-supported higher education. In 1849, his vision was fulfilled when The Free Academy opened here, "for the poor man's children," with a class of 149 men. In 1866, it became the College of the City of New York. It is now Baruch College, known globally for excellence in business education.

17 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10010, New York, NY, United States
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Horace Greeley [full inscription unknown]

35 East 19th Street 10003, New York, NY, United States
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James Cagney 1899-1986 Actor, who set the standard for gangster roles in movies such as Angels With Dirty Faces and The Public Enemy, lived here from 1965 to 1968. Other residents were actress Margaret Hamilton and soprano Emma Thursby.

34 Gramercy Park East New York, NY 10010, New York, NY, United States
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Hart Crane 1899-1932 The poet and author, one of the "Lost Generation" of writers, lived here while supporting himself as an advertising writer. Crane's poems "White Buildings" and "The Bridge" gave harmonious expression to the chaos of urban life.

79 Charles Street, NY 10014, New York, NY, United States
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E. E. Cummings 1894-1962 The poet and painter, who made art of commas and parentheses, lived here for the last forty years of his life. He characterized himself as "an author of pictures, a draughtsman of words."

4 Patchin Place New York, NY 10011, New York, NY, United States
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Charles Ives 1874-1954 A revolutionary composer, Ives was also a traditional insurance executive. His innovative music builds on American popular and folk tunes, and expands the use of rhythm and tonality. His avant-garde works include Concord, Mass., 1840-1860, The Fourth Symphony, and New England Holidays. He lived here from 1908 to 1911.

70 West 11th Street New York, NY 10011, New York, NY, United States
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Beatrix Farrand 1872-1959 The landscape gardener lived here from 1872 to 1913. Her 192 commissions include the East Garden (1913) of The White House, and the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks (1922-41), also in Washington, D.C. The niece of the celebrated writer, Edith Wharton, she was the landscape consultant to the Pierpont Morgan Library (1913-43) and designed the Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (1915-16).

21 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003, New York, NY, United States
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Frank O'Hara 1926-1966 While living here in 1957-59, the poet, critic, and curator wrote a monograph about artist Jackson Pollock. His poems dealt with urban themes in an expressionist style analogous to Pollock's action paintings.

90 University Place New York, NY 10003, New York, NY, United States
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Dawn Powell 1896-1965 The novelist, playwright, and diarist lived here from 1931-1942, where she wrote Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel, Angels on Toast, and A Time to Be Born. Born in Ohio, she wrote perceptive novels set in small Midwestern towns, and high-spirited satires that celebrated life in New York City. All but forgotten after her death, her work enjoyed an extraordinary revival in the 1990's.

9 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003, New York, NY, United States
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Edwin Arlington Robinson [full inscription unknown]

121 Washington Place New York, NY 10014, New York, NY, United States
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Willa Cather / Richard Wright 1873-1947 / 1908-1960 Willa Cather, author of My Antonia, wrote her first novel, Alexander's Bridge, here in 1912. Richard Wright, author of Native Son, wrote his autobiography, Black Boy, here in 1945.

82 Washington Place New York, NY 10012, New York, NY, United States
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Joseph Papp 1921-1991 The dynamic founder and impresario of the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater began offering free performances of Shakespeare in Central Park in 1954. In 1967 he created The Public Theater, the most important not-for-profit theater in the country. Papp launched over 700 diverse productions, and lived here from 1973 to 1991.

40 East 9th Street New York, NY 10003, New York, NY, United States
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Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892-1950 The irreverent poet, who wrote "my candle burns at both ends" lived here in 1923-24 at the time she wrote the "Ballad of the Harp-Weaver," for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

75 1/2 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014, New York, NY, United States
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Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 Internationally acclaimed poet and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters lived here from August 1958 to March 1961. His signal poem Howl (1956) helped launch The Beat Generation. Kaddish (1961), a mournful elegy for his mother Naomi, was written in apartment #16.

170 East 2nd Street New York, NY 10009, New York, NY, United States
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Henry Miller 1891-1980 Raised in Brooklyn, the best-selling author is noted for his imaginative, controversial novels Tropic of Cancer (1934), which chronicles his colorful life as an expatriate in Paris, and Tropic of Capricorn (1939), which depicts his adult life in New York City. Both books were banned in the U.S. until 1961. Miller lived here from 1924 to 1925.

91 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, New York, NY, United States
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Marianne Moore 1887-1972 The poet, a pioneer of American Modernism (and an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan), lived here from 1929 to 1965. Her poetry is descriptive, reflective, and minutely detailed, with unique rhyme patterns and verse forms. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Collected Poems (1951). In a 1960 essay, she wrote: “Brooklyn has given me pleasure, has helped educate me; has afforded me, in fact, the kind of tame excitement on which I thrive.”

260 Cumberland Street Brooklyn, NY 11217, New York, NY, United States
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Jackie Robinson (Jack Roosevelt Robinson) 1919-1972 The first African-American major league baseball player lived here from 1947 to 1949. As an infielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was voted Rookie of the Year (1947) and Most Valuable Player (1949), won the National League Batting Title (1949) and led the Dodgers to the N.L. pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953.

5224 Tilden Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203, New York, NY, United States
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Lady Deborah Moody [full inscription unknown]

27 Gravesend Neck Road Brooklyn, NY 11223, New York, NY, United States
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Lou Gehrig (Henry Louis Gehrig) 1903-1941 The New York Yankees first baseman, the “Iron Horse,” who played 2,130 consecutive games, lived here from 1939 to 1941. During his fourteen-year career, he earned a .340 batting average, 493 HRs, and 1,990 RBIs.

5204 Delafield Avenue Bronx, NY 10471, New York, NY, United States
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Fiorello Henry La Guardia 1882-1947 Fiorello Henry La Guardia, one of New York City’s most beloved mayors (1934-45), the “Little Flower” (the English translation of Fiorello) was also among the first Italian-Americans elected to Congress (1917-19 and 1923-33). As mayor, his progressive reforms included a revised city charter, expanded social services, public housing projects and parks construction. He lived here from 1945 to 1947.

5020 Goodridge Avenue Bronx, NY 10471, New York, NY, United States
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George Grosz and Claudio Arrau [full inscription unknown]

202 Shore Road Queens, NY 11363, New York, NY, United States
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James J. Corbett [full inscription unknown]

221-04 Corbett Road Queens, NY 11361, New York, NY, United States
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Alfred M. Butts 1900-1993 The architect and artist who designed this education building invented "Scrabble" in 1931. Other members of the church congregation and Butts' wife, Nina, helped create and perfect the popular game.

81-10 35th Ave Queens, NY 11372, New York, NY, United States
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The New York City Building [full inscription unknown]

The New York City Building, New York, NY, United States
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Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller 1904-43. The African American composer, pianist, organist, singer, and bandleader known for his humorous performance style lived here between 1943 and 1943. A protégé of James P Johnson (founder of the 'stride' school of jazz piano), and mentor to Count Basie. Waller's rhythmically contagious songs include: Ain't Misbehavin' (1929), Honeysuckle Rose (1929), and Jitterbug Waltz (1942)

173-19 Sayres Avenue Queens, NY 11433, New York, NY, United States
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Jack Kerouac 1922-1969 The poet and novelist lived here from 1943 to 1949. During those years, he wrote his first novel, The Town and the City (1950), and planned On the Road (1957), his seminal novel that would define the Beat Generation.

133-01 Cross Bay Boulevard Queens, NY 11417, New York, NY, United States
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Roy Wilkins 1901-1981 Civil rights leader and journalist Roy Wilkins lived here from 1952 to 1981. A chief advocate of the Constitutional process in the civil rights movement, he helped plan the 1963 March on Washington, and worked the passage of Voting Rights Act (1955), the Civil Rights Act (1964), and the Fair Housing Act (1968). His name was synonymous with the NAACP- he served the organization for 46 years as assistant secretary, editor of the Crisis magazine, and finally executive director.

147-15 Village Road, Parkway Village Queens, NY 11435, New York, NY, United States
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Harold Ross 1892-1951 The magazine editor, who said "if you can't be funny, be interesting", lived here when he founded The New Yorker in 1925. At his 1923 "housewarming" were Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin.

412 West 47th Street, NY 10036, New York, NY, United States
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Edith Wharton 1862-1937. 14 West 23rd Street, Manhattan. This was the childhood home of Edith Jones Wharton, one of America's most important authors, at a time when 23rd Street marked the northern boundary of fashionable New York. Here, in her father's extensive library, young Edith Jones discovered the world of literature. Wharton wrote with authority on gardens and design, but was most celebrated for her fiction. Her novels and stories are characterized by her intelligence, perception and the great beauty of her prose. She revealed the life of the soul with courage and clarity. Wharton lived in France for the latter part of her life, but the complex world of patrician New York remained the source of her greatest fiction. This includes The House of Mirth (1905) and The Age of Innocence, for which, in 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

14 West 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York, NY, United States
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Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943 The composer, pianist and conductor lived here from 1926 to 1943. During those years, he focused on concert appearances, and composed such works as Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Symphony No.3 and the Symphonic Dances.

505 West End Avenue, New York, NY, United States

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