Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side Walking Tour
Join ADSNY as we celebrate the anniversary of the famous writer, personality, and wit, Dorothy Parker’s 125th birthday!
As a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, Parker developed a national reputation as a wit through newspaper columnists Franklin Pierce Adams and Alexander Woollcott’s re-printing of her lunchtime remarks and short verses, particularly in Adams’ column The Conning Tower. Parker became famous for her short, viciously humorous poems, many about the perceived ludicrousness of her (largely unsuccessful) romantic affairs.
On this tour we’ll see one of Manhattan’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods through the eyes of a young Dorothy Parker. Highlights will include:
- Her childhood homes & beautiful apartments
- A visit to Riverside Park, where Parker walked her beloved dogs
- A glimpse into the lives of Parker’s famous neighbors such as Babe Ruth & Flo Ziegfeld
- Stunning Art Deco architecture
- Learning about the history of the Upper West Side, its architecture and development, all related to Parker’s life
Sign up today to explore many local landmarks, architectural gems, and historic sites as we’ve never before seen them!
Personal audio devices will be available for each tour participant to enhance the overall experience.
About the Guide:
Our tour will be led by award-winning author and tour guide Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, who has written and edited seven books about the history of New York City. His most recent publications are World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (2017), the Governors Island Explorer’s Guide (2016), and the Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide (2015). Fitzpatrick appears on the Travel Channel’s program Mysteries at the Museum, and is a frequent speaker at important cultural and historical institutions across New York City.