Mr. & Mrs. Parker's First Apartment
One of the apartments here more than likely is the place Dorothy waited for her husband, Eddie, to return from World War I.
In 1918, when Dorothy was 24 and on the staff of Vanity Fair, she took a furnished apartment here on the Upper West Side, the same neighborhood she grew up in. Maybe she wanted the security of the place she had a lot of good memories of when she was younger. Dorothy and Eddie Parker were married in 1917 before he left for the service, so she was living alone for some time.
THROUGH THIS DOOR|
Can't be positive, but this door or one nearby was the Parkers'.
The apartment was a brownstone on West 71st Street, directly behind the house she lived in as a child at 214 W. 72nd Street. She was living here on W. 71st Street when the Algonquin Round Table met for the first time, in June 1919. When Eddie came back from the war as a drug addict, they lived here until 1920, when they moved to West 57th Street.
This is the kind of apartment that a woman living alone, her husband away in the Army, would occupy in stories such as "The Lovely Leave" (1943) or the urbane woman in "From the Diary of a New York Lady" (1933).
Today, the West Side is drastically different from Parker's days of 82 years ago. A lot of new buildings are in the general vicinity. These two apartments do sit exactly behind her childhood home, so this could be the same address she resided in, but I'm not positive.
The apartment is just a half block from Broadway. At the time of Dot's residence here, she dined out every night, and today, there are still scores of restaurants and bars nearby.
For a drink:
Malachy's, 103 W. 72nd Street (at Columbus)
Subway: 1,2,3,9 to 72nd St., B, C to 72 and Central Park West; Bus; M72, M7, M10, M11