(Including poets, playwrites, novelists and journalists)

50 West 10th today

Edward Albee


50 West 10th

Edward Franklin Albee III is an American playwright best known for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
The playwright, and Hello Dolly writer Jerry Herman, lived in this converted 1869 stable.

77 St. Mark's Place

W.H. Auden

77 St. Marks Place.

Born in England, the poet Wystan Hugh Auden, arrived in New York City in 1939. After stints at the George Washington Hotel on East 23rd Street and in Brooklyn Heights, he and companion Chester Kallman settled into a second-floor apartment at this location.
His living quarters were described as being so cold that the toilet no longer functioned and he had to use the toilet in the liquor store at the corner. Auden is regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

The building now houses a restaurant, La Palapa.

778 Park Avenue

William F.
Buckley Jr.

778 Park Avenue

Buckley died in 2008. He lived in a 4 bedroom apartment here for 40 years.
The apartment was often the venue for  Monday night dinners that famously included peanut butter canapes and Veuve Cliquot in the "Red Room" before the guests were summoned to the dining room for an evening of conversation with William and Pat, his wife.

It is said that Mr. Buckley hosted 1,200 formal events here.

This is the also the building where Brooke Astor lived.

206 East 7th St

222 Bowery-The Bunker

William Burroughs

419 West 115th St -

206 E 7th St - 1952
Allen Ginsberg was a roomate at both these apartments.

222 Bowery
In 1974, after years of living in Paris and London, Allen Ginsberg gained for Burroughs a contract to teach creative writing at the City College of New York. Burroughs successfully withdrew from heroin use and moved to New York. He eventually found an apartment, affectionately dubbed 'The Bunker', at 222 Bowery. The dwelling was a partially converted YMCA gym, complete with lockers and communal showers. Burroughs shared this space for a time with the painter, Mark Rothko. This was also where painter Ferdinand Leger had his studio in 1940-1941

860-870 UN Plaza today

Truman Capote

860-870 U.N. Plaza.

After publishing In Cold Blood, Truman Capote spent his royalties on a 25th-floor, $62,000 apartment in the then new twin-towered co-op. He lived here until his death in1984.

Johnny Carson was another famous resident here.

Willa Cather

5 Bank Street
From 1913 to 1927, Cather and her friend Edith Lewis lived at here. They had to move as the apartment was to be taken down during construction of the Seventh Avenue subway line.

Cather's novels, O Pioneers! (1913) The Song of the Lark (1915) My Ántonia (1918) One of Ours (1922) A Lost Lady (1923)
The Professor's House (1925) My Mortal Enemy (1926)
and Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) were all published during the years that she lived at this address.

61 Jane Street

John Cheever

61 Jane Street

Cheever did not live in the apartment building that is at this address today. Seven houses were replaced by this building in the early sixties.
In 1930, when he was a teenager and a dropout, the New Republic published his first story, and he lived in a building corner where #61 now is.

404 East 55th St

Noel Coward

Hotel des Artistes—
1 West 67th St.

The Campanile—450 E. 52nd St.

404 E. 55 St.
This was the playwright's last Manhattan residence.

Patchin Place today

EE Cummings

21 East 15th St
In 1916, Estlin Cummings fulfilled his dream of living in a "N.Y. garret" when he rented this studio, after graduation from Harvard, and securing a job at Collier's publishing. It was a twenty by twenty foot room with a ten foot ceiling and a small kitchenette.

11 Christopher St
In the spring of 1918, after serving in France in an ambulance unit during WWI he moved into what he described as "The best studio in New York." Three furnished rooms with tall windows for $30 a month. He was drafted back into service later that same year.

When he was discharged in January 1919 he rented a large studio apartment on the forth floor at 9 West 14th Street.

4 Patchin Place
1924, after traveling in Europe and a brief marraige to Elaine Orr, Estlin settled here and lived at this address until 1962. His apartment was on the top floor, back.

This is where, in 1950, EE Cummings and Dylan Thomas happily spent a few hours together in mutual admiration, after the younger poet had expressed a desire to meet this famous Greenwich Village poet.

SOURCE: Wetzsteon, Ross. Republic of Dreams—Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960

The Apthorp

Joan Didion
and John
Gregory Dunne

The Apthorp–2207 Broadway

The couple was at home in their apartment here when Dunne died suddenly of a heart attack on December 30, 2003. Joan Didion wrote about the event in her book The Year of Magical Thinking.


Patchin Place

The entrance gate at the Apthorp

Nora Ephron
Photo: Elena Seibert

The Apthorp–2207 Broadway
Nora Ephron moved into the Apthorp in 1980.  She was one of those lucky New Yorkers who was able to rent a huge, fabulous rent stabilized apartment in this building, at a bargain price. Ephron loved her apartment. She was still living there 10 years later when rumors, that rent stabilization would be abolished, started to spread. When her lease expired her rent was tripled but she signed a new lease, but it would be the last one she would sign. She wrote about her experience in a New Yorker article in 2006:

"Then truly shocking things began to happen. The landlords cleaned the building and began making improvements in order to raise our rents. Rich tenants moved in and movie stars came and went. The courtyard, once an idyllic spot full of happy children, was suddenly crowded with idling limousines. My lease expired again, and my rent was effectively raised 400%. And, just like that, I fell out of love. Twelve thousand dollars a month is a lot of cappuccino."
Nora Ephron, Personal History, “Moving On,” The New Yorker, June 5, 2006, p. 34

The Dakota today

Charles Henri
Photo by Gerard Malanga (

The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.

Charles Henri Ford was a surrealist poet, magazine editor, filmmaker, photographer, collage artist and co-author of America's first "gay" novel. He was also part of Gertrude Stein's inner circle in Paris in the 1930s and, in the 1960s, an important influence on Andy Warhol.

51-55 West 10th today

Kahlil Gibran

51 West 10th Street

His perennial best-seller "The Prophet" was written here. Gibran lived here from 1911 until his death in 1931.

This is the site of Studio Building (1858-1956)

The spot is now occupied by Peter Warren House, 1950s apartments named for Admiral Peter Warren, an Irish-born Royal Navy captain whose captures made him a rich man and the owner of much of what is now Greenwich Village.

408 East 10th Street

Allen Ginsburg

419 West 115th St -
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Edie Parker and Joan Vollmer move into the communal apartment. Herbert Huncke will be a frequent visitor.

206 E 7th St - 1952
Gregory Corso and William Burroughs were roommates; Burroughs started Naked Lunch here. In 1956 he publishes "Howl".

170 East 2nd St - 1958
He wrote "Kaddish" here and edited "Naked Lunch".

408 E 10th
Consuelas Grocery now, Ginsberg lived above here from 1965-75.

704 E 5th
At this address, Andy Warhol, Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey were frequent visitors. Ginsberg lived here until his death in 1997.

28 West 10th today


28 West 10th

Detective novelist Dashiell Hammett lived here 1947 to 1952. His time here was interrupted by his 1951 prison term for refusing to name names.

Later, in the late 1950s, surrealist Marcel Duchamp lived here.

390 West End Ave

Joseph Heller

390 West End Ave

Joseph Heller is remembered primarily for writing Catch-22, a novel about American servicemen during World War II. The movie rights to the novel were purchased in 1962, and, combined with his royalties, made Heller a millionaire.

1 East 62nd today


1 East 62nd Street

In the fall of 1959, Hemingway rented a one-bed, one-bath, 900-square-foot apartment here. He was looking for a place where he could have privacy when he came to New York City. He had always stayed in hotels in the past.

During the summer of 1960 he set up a small office here an attempted to work. He was in poor mental and physical health and could do little writing.

Hemingway left NY for good soon after, and commited suicide in July 1961 at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

William Inge The Dakota—1 West 72nd street.

307 West 11th

Jack Kerouac

419 West 115th Street -
Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Edie Parker and Joan Vollmer move into the communal apartment. Herbert Huncke will be a frequent visitor. Kerouac was briefly married to Edie Parker.

454 West 20th Street - 1951
Kerouac and his new wife, Joan Haverty, lived here.

307 West 11th
Kerouac revised On the Road here at his girlfriend Helen Weaver's courtyard apartment. He also wrote part of Desolation Angels, which mentions this building and its "Dickensian windows."
Now owned by photographer Annie Leibowitz; her renovation is creating controversy.

18 West 10th

Emma Lazarus

18 West 10th
Poet Emma Lazarus is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its final lines were engraved on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1912. The sonnet was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction, conducted by the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" to raise funds to build the pedestal.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

37 West 10th today

Sinclair Lewis

37 West 10th

Author Sinclair Lewis and journalist Dorothy Thompson lived here from1928-29.

Lewis wrote -- "Main Street" in 1920, and then at a two-year pace, "Babbitt", "Arrowsmith", "Elmer Gantry", and he wrote "Dodsworth" while living here. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930.


The Dakota—1 west 72nd St.

75 1/2 Bedford today

St Vincent Millay

75 1/2 Bedford Street

In 1923, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay lived here.
Measuring only nine and a half feet wide, this circa-1873 home was at various times a carriage house, a cobbler’s shop, and part of a candy factory.

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light!

Millay wrote the poem, which she first called "My Candle," at Romany Marie's café in Greenwich Village.

444 East 57th today

Arthur Miller

444 East 57th St, 13th floor.

Miller lived here with Marilyn Monroe whom he married in 1956. They divorced in 1961. Nineteen months later, Monroe died of an apparent drug overdose.

Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23rd
Miller stayed six years at the Chelsea in the sixties.

(Brooklyn Heights addresses: 102 Pierrepont St. where Miller wrote “All My Sons” and to 31 Grace Court where Miller lived when he wrote “Death of a Salesman.”)

441 East 9th Streeet today

Frank O'Hara

441 East 9th Street

1959 - The beat poet lived here until 1963.

Formally the Pickwick Arms,
now the POD Hotel

John O'Hara

230 East 51st St.

O'Hara was 27 years old when he lived in this small hotel in 1933 and 1934.
He was living here when he wrote the novel that made him famous, Appointment in Samarra.

O'Hara was an American writer whose works also include Pal Joey and BUtterfield 8.

On the southeast corner of
West 4th Street and 6th Avenue,
this garden rests on what once
the site of the
Golden Swan Café.
This Irish saloon—known to
regulars as the Hell Hole—was
the haunt of neighborhood artists
and writers including Eugene O’Neill.
In 1928, the Golden Swan building
was demolished for the construction  of the Sixth Avenue subway.

Eugene O'Neill


Photograph by
Edward Steichen in the
April 1934 Vanity Fair.

O'Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in Times Square. The site is now a Starbucks; a commemorative plaque is posted on the outside wall with the inscription: "Eugene O'Neill, October 16, 1888 ~ November 27, 1953 America's greatest playwright was born on this site then called Barrett Hotel, Presented by Circle in the Square."

Lucerne Hotel—formerly the Hotel Lucerne - 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
O’Neill listed this as his address while away at school at Princeton University in 1907. His parents maintained a residence here.

242 Fulton Street (at Church Street)
Jimmy-the-Priest's served as part-model for Harry Hope's saloon in ''The Iceman Cometh.'' O'Neill set ''The Iceman Cometh'' (and ''Long Day's Journey'') in 1912 becuse it was the most significant year -apart from his birth in 1888 - of his life. It was the year he hit bottom. O'Neill lived here and spent countless hours and endless days drinking in this saloon and rooming house.
It was torn down to make way for the World Trade Center.

Provincetown Playhouse, 133 Macdougal Street
This is where O'Neill's New York career began in 1916 with ''Bound East for Cardiff.' The Provincetown Players performed many of O'Neills early works in the their theater here.

11 Bank Street

John Dos

11 Bank Street

Dos Passos lived here while writing Manhattan Transfer

85 West 3rd, today

Edgar Allen Poe

In the late 1830s to the early 1840s Poe lived at

85 West 3rd Street
113 1/2 Carmine Street
137 Waverly Place and
130 Greenwich Street

He was said to have written "The Raven" at all of these addresses. The Village was the only community in America where Poe could score drugs in the 1840s.

Patchin Place today

John Reed

1 Patchin Place
located off 10th Street and Avenue of the Americas

Reed began writing "Ten Days That Shook the World" here.

300 East 57th St

J.D. Salinger

300 East 57th Street

This building was just a few years old when Salinger rented an apartment here. It was just after the publication of Catcher in the Rye in1951. The place was sparsly furnished with only a lamp and an artist's drawing board. He lived here until the end of 1952 when he moved permenantly to New Hampshire.

J.D. Salinger died on January 27, 2010 in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.

330 E 51st St

John Steinbeck

38 Gramercy Park N.
Stienbeck dropped out of Stanford University in 1925, leaving without a degree. From Stanford, he traveled to New York City and held various temporary jobs while pursuing his dream as a writer. However, he was unable to get any of his work published and returned to California in1926. He lived in a small dingy room in this building during that time.

330 East 51st street
Steinbeck moved here in1943 while working as a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. He wrote Cannery Row while living here.

206 E 72nd St
Stienbeck lived in a beautiful brownstone house at this site from 1951 until his death in 1968. The house has been replaced by an apartment building called the Wellesley. His house looked very much like the one still standing at 210 E 72nd. He wrote Winter of our Discontent and Travels with Charley while living here.

The White Horse Tavern

Dylan Thomas

Of course, Thomas was not born in New York City, nor did he ever really reside here. When he came to NYC the first time he stayed at the Hotel Earle, now the Washington Square Hotel, but when his wife, Caitlyn, joined him for his second reading tour, they rented a cheap apartment with a kitchenette at the then dilapidated Chelsea Hotel at 222 West 23rd. After that, The Chelsea became his home whenever he came to NY.

Dylan Thomas famously drank his breakfast, lunch and dinner and while in New York, his favorite bar was the Whitehorse Tavern.  Legend has it that this where he drank himself to death shortly after his 39th birthday.

On November 9th,1953, Thomas died at St. Vincent’s hospital on West 12th Street. It happened five days after he reportedly announced to his companion, that he’d had 18 straight whiskeys —”I think that’s the record”—and wasn’t feeling well. He came to St. Vincent’s from his temporary quarters in room #205 at the Chelsea Hotel, and he never left.

14 West 10th today

Mark Twain

14 West 10th Street

1901-Twain lived here briefly before moving to fancier digs.

(This was also where Joel Steinberg lived when he was accused of murder and convicted of manslaughter in the November 1, 1987, death of a six-year-old girl, Elizabeth ("Lisa"), whom he and his live-in partner Hedda Nussbaum had "adopted". A media frenzy  accompanied the story of Lisa's death.)

21 Fifth Avenue - (at 9th Street) He lived in here from 1904 to 1908.

And, of course, at some point, he stayed at the Chelsea Hotel.

John Updike

West 13th Street
(number unknown)

John Updike realized New York City was too small for him shortly after his second child was born. The family’s two-room apartment on  just wasn’t going to cut it, he realized, and so he moved his family to Ipswich, Mass.

235 East 58th St


235 East 58th Street

1948-early 50s

15 West 72nd Street

400 West 43rd Street — Manhattan Plaza

Hotel Elysee—56-60 54th Street
Died here

13 East 8th, today

Thomas Wolfe

13 East 8th Street

In February 1924, he began a temporary job teaching English at New York University (NYU), a position he occupied periodically for almost seven years. Tom shared this space with and older married woman, Aline Berstein, who he had a tortured affair with for years to come.

263 West 11th Street
This is where the first draft of "Look Homeward, Angel" was written.

27 West 15th Street
He took two rooms on the second floor of this old loft building, This is where the re-writes were done and in October 18, 1929, the book was published.

865 First Ave (between 48th and 49th street)
Moved here in 1935

232 East 62nd

Tom Wolfe

232 East 62nd Street

Wolfe lived in this four-story, 20-foot-wide painted brownstone from the late 1970's until he sold it in 1990. The house, which has all the usual original details, was divided into four apartments, but Mr. Wolfe and his family lived there as if it wasn't. Wolfe wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1987) while living here before buying the 12-room apartment he shares with his wife and children a few blocks north.