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8719229238_f02865d519_sDorothy Parker and J. Henry Rothschild black plaque in New York, NYDorothy Parker 1893-1967. The popular poet, critic, short story writer, screenwriter and champion for social justice lived here as a teenager. Parker resided here with her father, J. Henry Rothschild in 1910.
NophotosqrScott Joplin red plaque in New York, NYScott 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.
6953303319_0eb6a03c81_sCecil B. DeMille red plaque in New York, NYCecil 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.
6807206884_272f287fa1_sJohn Dewey red plaque in New York, NYJohn 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).
6953305273_b6b84b115d_sVictor Herbert red plaque in New York, NYVictor 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.
NophotosqrHarry Houdini red plaque in New York, NYHoudini 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.
8719260208_3bc87d476b_sGeorge Herman Ruth red plaque in New York, NYBabe 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.
8725029725_5347fab1be_sMarian Anderson red plaque in New York, NYMarian 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).
Al_hirschfield_plaqueAl Hirschfeld red plaque in New York, NYAl 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.
8718088125_8cfe387a3d_sGeorge Gershwin and Ira Gershwin red plaque in New York, NYGeorge 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.
NophotosqrEdna Ferber red plaque in New York, NYEdna 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).
8726141640_13b7a61041_sJohn Steinbeck red plaque in New York, NYJohn 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.
526156186_96acdde2ae_sAndy Warhol red plaque in New York, NYAndy 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.”
NophotosqrJohn J. Fitzgerald red plaque in New York, NYJohn 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.
8709376447_8d91a9bc1e_sHarold Ross, Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin red plaque in New York, NYHarold 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.
8726134210_cb335b441c_sDorothy Thompson red plaque in New York, NYDorothy 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.
NophotosqrMalvina Hoffman red plaque in New York, NYMalvina 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.
NophotosqrRed plaque № 4534 in New York, NYBernard 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.
NophotosqrJames Cagney, Margaret Hamilton, and Emma Thursby red plaque in New York, NYJames 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.
NophotosqrE. E. Cummings red plaque in New York, NYE. 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."
NophotosqrCharles Ives red plaque in New York, NYCharles 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.
NophotosqrBeatrix Farrand red plaque in New York, NYBeatrix 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).
NophotosqrFrank O'Hara red plaque in New York, NYFrank 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.
NophotosqrDawn Powell red plaque in New York, NYDawn 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.
NophotosqrEdwin Arlington Robinson red plaque in New York, NYEdwin Arlington Robinson [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrWilla Cather and Richard Wright red plaque in New York, NYWilla 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.
NophotosqrJoseph Papp red plaque in New York, NYJoseph 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.
NophotosqrEdna St. Vincent Millay red plaque in New York, NYEdna 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.
7329923044_80e780e1b0_sAllen Ginsberg red plaque in New York, NYAllen 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.
NophotosqrHenry Miller red plaque in New York, NYHenry 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.
NophotosqrMarianne Moore red plaque in New York, NYMarianne 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.”
NophotosqrJackie Robinson red plaque in New York, NYJackie 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.
NophotosqrDeborah Moody red plaque in New York, NYLady Deborah Moody [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrLou Gehrig red plaque in New York, NYLou 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.
NophotosqrFiorello Henry La Guardia red plaque in New York, NYFiorello 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.
NophotosqrGeorge Grosz and Claudio Arrau red plaque in New York, NYGeorge Grosz and Claudio Arrau [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrJames J. Corbett red plaque in New York, NYJames J. Corbett [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrAlfred M. Butts red plaque in New York, NYAlfred 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.
NophotosqrRed plaque № 4582 in New York, NYThe New York City Building [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrThomas Wright "Fats" Waller red plaque in New York, NYThomas 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)
NophotosqrJack Kerouac red plaque in New York, NYJack 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.
NophotosqrRoy Wilkins red plaque in New York, NYRoy 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.
NophotosqrHorace Greeley red plaque in New York, NYHorace Greeley [full inscription unknown]
4154269916_d8a1803d0f_sThomas Paine bronze plaque in New York, NYUnited States of America British Isles France Thomas Paine born 1737 died 1839 on this site. I believe in one God and no more. All mankind are my bretheren. The world is my country. To do good is my religion
3654862587_9aa37a7868_sJacob von Hogflume blue plaque in New York, NYJacob von Hogflume 1864-1909 Inventor of time travel. lived here in 2063
7938989332_1527e3cab3_sDorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, William Faulkner, and 4 others in New York, NYThe Algonquin Hotel. Site of the legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s, where such acid-tongued wits as Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Alexander Woollcott traded barbs and bon mots daily over lunch. The century's literary luminaries -- William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, Harold Ross of The New Yorker, Gertrude Stein and James Thurber, among countless others -- also found a haven within its oak-lined walls.
6128411777_98289c28e4_sThomas Edison brass plaque in New York, NYHere the Motion Picture Began: On the night of April 23, 1896, on this site in Koster & Bial's Music Hall Thomas Edison with the "Vitascope" first projected a moving picture. In commemoration of the event, this tablet is here affixed by The Motion Picture Industry, October 4, 1938
6128409383_30b4c8d928_sEdward Livingston black plaque in New York, NYNew York, home of distinguished Americans Edward Livingston May 28, 1764 - May 23, 1836 U.S. Secretary of State 1831-33 Representative from New York 1795-1801 Mayor of New York City 1801-03 Representative from Louisiana 1823-29 Senator from Louisiana 1829-31 Minister to France 1833-35 Lived in a house on this site from 1784 to 1795 Plaque erected 1965 by The New York Community Trust
NophotosqrLeon "Bix" Beiderbecke black plaque in New York, NYIn Memory of Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke. Pioneer Jazz Cornetist, Pianist & Composer. The Original Young Man With A Horn. Born - March 10th, 1903 Davenport, Iowa. Died - August 6th 1931, 43-30 46th Street, Sunnyside, New York
7939080120_1b2a680f6d_sEugene O'Neill brown plaque in New York, NYEugene O'Neill October 16, 1888 - November 27, 1953 America's greatest playwright was born on this site then called Barrett House
5557991398_52e49ce932_sEdgar Allan Poe red plaque in New York, NYEdgar Allan Poe and his family lived in a farmhouse on this site during 1844 where he finished writing "The Raven"
6807189084_af57eacace_sMargaret Wise Brown bronze plaque in New York, NYBank Street College of Education where Margaret Wise Brown Author of "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny" found her vocation as a writer for the very young, is designated a literary landmark by Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
3816409894_0941aefe62_sClement Clarke Moore bronze plaque in New York, NYIn the Moore Mansion, which stood on this site, in 1822, Clement Clarke Moore, (1779-1863), penned the immortal poem, "A Visit From Saint Nicholas", (T'was The Night Before Christmas), as a gift for his children. Scholar and developer of modern Chelsea, he gave the land for St. Peter's Church and the General Theological Seminary, where he was Professor of Greek and Hebrew.
NophotosqrHumphrey DeForest Bogart black plaque in New York, NYThis site is the childhood home of Humphrey DeForest Bogart 1899-1957. Mr. Bogart lived at this site from the time he was born until 1923. During a film career that spanned almost 30 years and 75 films, Mr. Bogart became not only a mythical American hero but a popular culture icon known worldwide. "He was endowed with the greatest gift a person can have: talent. The whole world came to recognize it." - John Huston
NophotosqrDylan Thomas brown plaque in New York, NYDedicated to the memory of Dylan Thomas who lived and labored last here at the Chelsea Hotel and from here sailed out to die. In commemoration of his fiftieth birthday
NophotosqrThomas Wolfe brown plaque in New York, NYThe great American writer Thomas Wolfe 1900 - 1936 author of Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time And The River, The Web And The Rock, You Can't Go Home Again, The Hills Beyond lived in the Chelsea Hotel during the last years of his life. This plaque presented by his American publishers Charles Scribner's Sons & Harper and Brothers
NophotosqrBrendan Behan and Hotel Chelsea gold plaque in New York, NYIn memory of Brendan Behan 1922 - 1964 "To America my new-found land: the man that hates you hates the human race." Dedication from 'Brendan Behan's New York' written in the Hotel Chelsea in the spring of 1965. Presented by Bernard Geis Associates.
NophotosqrHart Crane red plaque in New York, NYHart 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.
NophotosqrLeon "Bix" Beiderbecke bronze plaque in New York, NYLeon Bix Beiderbecke 1903-1931 The legendary cornetist made his New York debut at the Cinderella Dance Palace (then housed in this building) on September 12, 1924, with the Wolverine Orchestra. He was later featured with the Jean Goldkette & Paul Whiteman Orchestras.
NophotosqrDylan Thomas gold plaque in New York, NYThe Dylan Thomas Room "I like very much people telling me about their childhood, but they'll have to be quick or else I'll be telling them about mine." Poet - scholar - gentleman. Born: Swansea Wales 1914 Died: New York City 1953
NophotosqrEdith Wharton red plaque in New York, NYEdith 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.
NophotosqrMarcus Mosiah Garvey white plaque in New York, NYOn this site Mr Marcus Garvey held his first public meetings in the United States in the year 1916
NophotosqrMae West blue plaque in New York, NYMae West [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrFederico García Lorca plaque in New York, NYFederico García Lorca [full inscription unknown]
NophotosqrGeorge Washington stone plaque in New York, NYStanding on this stone, on the balcony of Federal Hall April 3o. 1789 George Washington took the oath as the first President of the Unites States of America
NophotosqrOrson Welles black plaque in New York, NYMercury. Why, man, he doth bestride the world like a Colossus... - William Shakespeare. On this site in 1937, legendary American actor - writer - director - producer Orson Welles founded the Mercury Theatre with John Houseman. Here Welles directed groundbreaking productions of Julius Caesar, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Heartbreak House, and Danton's Death. Welles and The Mercury would go on to make history with The War of The Worlds broadcast and Citizen Kane. Astonishingly, he would accomplish all this by his 26th birthday.
8719331570_c066edf10f_sSergei Rachmaninoff red plaque in New York, NYSergei 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.
8724992491_f554ebcc4e_sBrooks Atkinson red plaque in New York, NYBrooks Atkinson 1894-1984. The drama critic for The New York Times, known as "the conscience of the theater", who won a Pulitzer Prize as a foreign correspondent, lived here from 1928 to 1969.
NophotosqrHerman Melville gold plaque in New York, NYHerman Melville the American author resided from 1863 - 1891 at this site 104 East 26th Street where he wrote Billy Budd among other works

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