Dorothy Parker Haunts

21 Club
Thousands have had a martini at the “21” Club, on West 52nd Street. (Photo courtesy of “21”)

This is a mix of places that Dorothy Parker visited, combined with others that she probably had contact with. Living in New York, she soaked up the surroundings and put them on the pages of her work. Many of these locations crop up in her writing. Other are central to her life and times.

Drinking, Dining, and Crying

The Algonquin Hotel, home of the Round Table, the famed literary “Vicious Circle” of 1919-1929

Special speakeasies, where Dottie and chums were frequently in their cups

“21” Club, nights of the high life at the famous saloon

Polly Adler’s, Dottie and Mr. Benchley hung out together at this infamous brothel

Drinker’s Paradise, the former speakeasy Club Intime is now Flute

Dash and Lilly, meeting the famous couple at the old Sutton Hotel

World War II Woe, hotel where Dottie had a few too many in 1944

The Plaza, the hotel where she was taken to be fired from Vanity Fair

Her Life, 1893-1967

Blessed Sacrament Academy, early Catholic education that shaped the celebrated writer and wit

Girlhood Walk, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, is where Dottie walked her dogs

Wit’s End, where Dottie’s pal Aleck Woollcott lived and entertained

The Waldorf Astoria, hotel where Mrs. Parker and her friends took part in a strike

Birthplace of The New Yorker, the Hell’s Kitchen house on W. 47th Street where Harold Ross founded the magazine, and Dottie and her pals tipped back drinks

The New Yorker, former office of the magazine that employed Mrs. Parker

The Cort Theatre, legendary Broadway theater where Dottie sat through shows as a critic

The New York Sun, Dottie dated a badboy reporter here

Central Park, you can’t be a Parker fan and not love reading here

Animal Lover, Dottie was nuts about animals, meet her friends

The Ansonia, gorgeous apartment house on the Upper West Side

The Dakota, one of the most famous addresses in New York City

Former Hotel Endicott, a non-descript apartment house in her neighborhood

Subway West 72nd Street, in Dorothy’s early days, a ride cost a nickel

Beyond New York City

Denver Nights, Elitch Gardens drew Dorothy and Alan to Colorado

Raton, New Mexico, scene of where Mrs. Parker had her honeymoon

West to Hollywood, when the screenwriting career was underway (5 locations in Los Angeles)

Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden, at the headquarters of the NAACP in Baltimore. Her ashes are resting here