Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side

Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side

The poet, writer, and wit Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is one of New York’s most beloved personalities. Known for her dry humor (she penned “Men seldom make pass/At girls who wear glasses”) and sparkling wit, Parker helped start The New Yorker and is a member of the New York Writers Hall of Fame. She was one of the key members of the Algonquin Round Table, which met at the Algonquin Hotel beginning in 1919.

Visit Dorothy Parker’s neighborhood and walk in her footsteps to her former apartments, haunts, school and more. See one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods through the eyes of a young Dorothy Parker. Learn about the history of the Upper West Side, its architecture and development, all tied into the life of Mrs. Parker.

Private tours are available when no public tours are scheduled. Contact Kevin Fitzpatrick to arrange a charter tour for two to thirty people.

Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side begins at Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street, at the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Parker walking tour (20 blocks) takes in Riverside Park, Broadway, literary landmarks and architectural highlights.

Tour Highlights:

See more than a dozen locations tied to Mrs. Parker, as well as see scores of local landmarks, architectural gems and historic sites. On this 2 hour tour, you will see:

  • Her childhood homes & beautiful apartments, still standing;
  • Visit Riverside Park, where Parker walked her beloved dogs;
  • See where her famous neighbors Babe Ruth & Flo Ziegfeld lived;
  • Walk the same streets as seen in scores of movies and TV series;
  • See numerous historic buildings that are national and city landmarks;
  •  Take photos of stunning architecture.

Not only will you get a taste of New York history, but you’ll also be on a wonderful sightseeing tour and stroll the streets of exciting neighborhoods in Manhattan. It’s a great way to learn about the past and also see how little has changed in more than two hundred years. This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.

Note: Wear comfortable shoes. Dress is smart casual. Dogs, strollers, and children are welcome. However, dogs are not allowed inside buildings unless they are service dogs.

Your Guide

The guide is Kevin C. Fitzpatrick. He is the author of The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide (Lyons Press), A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (Roaring Forties Press), Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide (Lyons Press), editor of The Lost Algonquin Round Table, editor of Dorothy Parker Complete Broadway, 1918-1922. He’s president of the Dorothy Parker Society.

Meeting Point: Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street, at the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Parker walking tour (20 blocks) takes in Riverside Park, Broadway, literary landmarks and architectural highlights.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do I meet the guide?

The meeting point is at Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street, at the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

What is the nearest subway stop?

West 72nd Street and Broadway (1, 2, or 3 train). It’s a 8-minute walk west.

Do we go inside any buildings?

Yes. We tour inside some buildings. The visits are for limited amounts of time determined by your guide. You can always return to explore what catches your attention afterwards!

Does the tour start and end at the same place?

No. The tour ends on West 86th Street, the guide will direct you to your next destination.

What about inclement weather?

Tours will run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted. If a serious storm is predicted that may impact the tour, you will be notified by e-mail, directly from Big Apple Fanatics Tours, under these circumstances.

Are there bathrooms along the way?

Yes. There are public restrooms along the route.

What are the clothing guidelines for walking tours?

It is “Smart Casual.” The clothing suggestions vary from season to season. The clothing suggestions vary from season to season. Summer: Lightweight shirts, shorts/skirts. New York summers can be humid. For cooler summer days see spring guidelines. Spring: Lightweight long to 3/4 sleeve shirts, pants or leggings for April/Early May. A lightweight jacket is also needed. Mid-May to early June I suggest to start following the summer guidelines above, but carry a light jacket. Fall: Follow spring guidelines listed above until mid-September. Then dress like winter (sweaters, long pants/leggings) and carry a fleece or jogging suit jacket. Scarf/Gloves/Hat optional. Winter: Warm sweaters, pants/leggings, all-weather boots, parka style coat, scarf, gloves, and hats.

Should we wear comfortable shoes?

Yes! Comfortable shoes are a staple for any kind of walking tour. No flip-flops.

How long do the tours last?

Tours generally last 2 hours.

What should I bring?

  • Sunscreen is recommended.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Extra cash as we end the tour at a restaurant where food and drinks maybe purchased.