Dorothy Parker's Upper West Side
The Algonquin Round Table
Guided Walking Tours
See New York City the best way possible: on a walking tour with a licensed sightseeing guide. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has been leading walking tours of New York City for more than 14 years. These walks are unique, and were written and researched by Kevin, president of the Dorothy Parker Society. Both tours are open to the public.
Walk #1: The Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour
The Algonquin Round Table comes alive in the only New York walking tour devoted to the famed literary group. The 2-hour walk celebrates Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Harpo Marx, Edna Ferber, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Harold Ross, Robert Sherwood, Marc Connelly and the rest of the Vicious Circle. The tour begins and ends at the landmark Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street. The tour encompasses the Theatre District, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Hell's Kitchen. Guests will see the former homes, haunts and hangouts of the Vicious Circle of the 1920s. See where The New Yorker began, visit the spots where the speakeasies once stood, and walk in the footsteps of the legendary wits. There are more than 40 destinations on the tour; among them are places associated with the Vicious Circle: speakeasies, theaters, offices, homes and landmarks. Immediately following the walking tours guests have the option of having cocktails on the Upper West Side, or lunch at the Round Table in the hotel's award-winning restaurant (cost of lunch separate).
Walk #2: Dorothy Parker's Upper West Side Walking Tour
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. See more than a dozen locations tied to Mrs. Parker, as well as see scores of local landmarks, architectural gems and historic sites. Dorothy Parker's Upper West Side begins at Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street, at the statue of Eleanor Roosvelt. The Parker walking tour (20 blocks) takes in Riverside Park, Broadway, literary landmarks and architectural highlights.
The walks are led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York, Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide and co-editor of The Lost Algonquin Round Table. He is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide.
It is recommended walkers wear comfortable shoes as the walks. Kids and strollers welcome! Dogs are welcome on the walking tours (in the spirit of Mrs. Parker) but they cannot be brought into the Algonquin Hotel lobby, no matter how small or well behaved they are.
Time: All walking tours are approximately two hours in length.
Walks are held rain or shine and tours begin on time.
Tickets: Tickets are $20.00 each (cost of lunch separate) and may be purchased with cash or credit cards at the walk, or book in advance via Ticketweb.
Private tours are also available. Please contact Kevin Fitzpatrick directly to arrange a private walk for groups of two to thirty via email: contact Kevin or call 917-526-0597. Advance notice required; deposit required. Private walks require a minimum of 2 people: 2-4 people ($35 ea); 5-9 ($30 ea); 10-30 ($25 ea).
Note: All public walking tours are announced on the News Page, in the monthly e-newsletter, and on FitzpatrickAuthor.com.
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