New York, NY
Dorothy 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.
310 West 80th, New York, NY, United States
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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