3. The Library Hotel
Inspired by and organized using the Dewey Decimal system, guestrooms at the Library Hotel contain unique collections of books and art. Besides containing over 6,000 books, the hotel boasts a reading room and a rooftop that houses a Writer’s Den, Poetry Garden, and Bookmarks Lounge — which serves literary-themed drinks.
4. The Morgan Library & Museum
Once the personal library of Pierpont Morgan, the Morgan Library & Museum houses a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints collected by Morgan as early as 1890.
6. The Round Table Room at The Algonquin Hotel
Made famous by the daily lunches that included Dorothy Parker and other literati of the 20’s and 30’s, this “round table” forever changed American comedy, arts, and theatre. Besides strongly influencing writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker, which is free to hotel guests.
10. The Champagne Bar at The Plaza Hotel
Get your Gatsby on by sipping some champagne at the famous Plaza Hotel. Not only where Tom Buchanan confronted Gatsby about his feelings for Daisy in The Great Gatsby, The Plaza has appeared in many literary works and is a New York City landmark in its own right.
17. Minetta Tavern
The former site of Black Rabbit speakeasy, which was frequented by literary figures such as John Dos Passos and Eugene O’Neill, Minetta Tavern opened in 1937 and soon attracted clientele such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dylan Thomas, e.e. cummings, Ezra Pound, and Joe Gould.
18. Central Park Carousel
Made famous by The Catcher in the Rye, this carousel is where Holden takes his sister Phoebe at the end of the novel:
“Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round… All the kids tried to grap for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she’s fall off the goddam horse, but I didn’t say or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it is bad to say anything to them.”
20. Tiffany & Co.
Take the advice of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
“What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.”
21. Washington Square Park
Described as “A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists.” by NYC Parks, this downtown hub was both the setting for a Henry James novel and a hangout for the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
23. White Horse Tavern
Called the “high temple of the Alcoholic Artist” by New York Magazine, White Horse Tavern was frequented by the likes of Dylan Thomas (whose portrait hangs in the bar’s middle room), Malcolm Lowry, Anaïs Nin, and James Baldwin. Allegedly, Norman Mailer gave birth to Village Voice over a drink here, and Jack Kerouac was kicked out on numerous occasions.
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