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By Michael Herrick, February 21, 2017
Bella Abzug Marker
New York (New York County), Manhattan — Bella Abzug
Bella Abzug July 24, 1920 — March 31, 1998 2 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan Born in The Bronx to Russian immigrants, Bella Abzug was a graduate of Hunter College (1942) and Columbia Law School (1947). A labor and civil rights lawyer, much of her . . . — Map (db m101595) HM
New York (New York County), Manhattan — Edward I. Koch
Edward I. Koch December 12, 1924 — February 1, 2013 2 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan Edward Irving Koch, Mayor of New York City from 1978 through 1989, was born in The Bronx to immigrant parents. During his three terms in office, he executed . . . — Map (db m101597) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Ada Louise Huxtable — March 14, 1921 – January 7, 2013 — 969 Park Avenue, Manhattan
A pioneering critic who made architecture part of the public discourse, Ada Louise Huxtable was the first full-time architect critic on any American newspaper when named to that position at The NewYork Times in 1963. In 1970, she was awarded the . . . — Map (db m98593) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Al Hirschfeld — 1903 - 2003 — 20th Century Master of Caricature • Residence and Studio
In more than 10,000 drawings, Hirschfeld chronicled the celebrity culture of the century. A self-described "characterist," his linear calligraphic work of performers, on stage and screen, appeared in virtually every publication, including a 75 year . . . — Map (db m98591) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Allen Ginsberg — 1926-1997
Internationally acclaimed poet and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters lived here from August 1958 to March 1961. His signal poem Howl (1956) helped launch The Beat Generation. Kaddish (1961), a . . . — Map (db m105140) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Andy Warhol — 1928 - 1987
The Pop artist best known for his silkscreens of cultural icons, including Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao, and Campbell's Soup cans, lived here from 1974 to 1987. The founder of Interview magazine and producer of underground films such . . . — Map (db m98636) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Barnett Newman — January 29, 1905 - July 4, 1970 — 685 West End Avenue, Manhattan
Born on the Lower East Side, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, abstract expressionist Barnett Newman was one of the foremost color field painters of the mid-twentieth century. His rejection of expressive brushstrokes, in favor of . . . — Map (db m98475) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Beatrix Farrand — 1872 - 1959
The landscape gardener lived here from 1872 to 1913. Her 192 commissions include the East Garden (1913) of The White House, and the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks (1922-41), also in Washington, D.C. The niece of the celebrated writer, Edith Wharton, she . . . — Map (db m98662) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY — 17 Lexington Avenue
A center of commerce by the 1840's, NYC attracted a growing immigrant population. Townsend Harris, President of the Board of Education, saw the need for publicly-supported higher education. In 1849, his vision was fulfilled when The Free Academy . . . — Map (db m116838) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Cecil B. DeMille — 1881 - 1959
The director and producer of silent and sound epic films lived here from 1906 to 1913. He directed the first Hollywood feature motion picture, The Squaw Man (1913). Known for his multimillion-dollar spectacles, he produced 70 films including . . . — Map (db m98483) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Charles Evans Hughes — 1862 - 1948
The lawyer and former New York governor lived here from 1917 to 1921, after losing the 1916 presidential elections to Woodrow Wilson. Hughes served as U.S. Secretary of State during the Harding Administration (1921-23) and the Coolidge . . . — Map (db m98645) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Charles Ives — 1874-1954
A revolutionary composer, Ives was also a traditional insurance executive. His innovative music builds on American popular and folk tunes, and expands the use of rhythm and tonality. His avant-garde works include Concord, Mass., 1840-1860, . . . — Map (db m55757) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Dawn Powell — 1896 - 1965
The novelist, playwright, and diarist lived here from 1931-1942, where she wrote Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel, Angels on Toast, and A Time to Be Born. Born in Ohio, she wrote perceptive novels set in small Midwestern towns, . . . — Map (db m98685) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Dorothy Thompson — 1893-1961
The journalist, known as "the intrepid girl reporter" lived here from 1941 to 1957. Her book, I Saw Hitler and column "On the Record," were influential in calling for American intervention in World War II. — Map (db m126310) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Edith Wharton — 1862 - 1937 — 14 West 23rd Street Manhattan
This was the childhood home of Edith Jones Wharton, one of America's most important authors at a time when 23rd street marked the northern boundary of fashionable New York. Here in her father's extensive library, young Edith Jones discovered the . . . — Map (db m49147) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Edna Ferber — 1887-1968

The widely-read novelist, short story writer, and playwright, best known for the novel Giant (1952), lived here from 1923 to 1929. Ferber’s fiction is distinguished by larger-than-life stories, strong female characters, and distinctive . . . — Map (db m110281) HM

New York (New York County), New York — Edna St. Vincent Millay — 1892 – 1950
The irreverent poet, who wrote “my candle burns at both ends” lived here in 1923-24 at the time she wrote the “Ballad of the Harp-Weaver,” for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. — Map (db m57187) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Frank O'Hara — 1926 - 1966
While living here in 1957-59, the poet, critic, and curator wrote a monograph about Jackson Pollock. His poems dealt with urban themes in an expressionist style analogous to Pollock's action paintings. — Map (db m98673) HM
New York (New York County), New York — George and Ira Gershwin
George Gershwin 1898 - 1937 Ira Gershwin 1896 - 1983 The composer, and the lyricist, lived here between 1929–33, the years they wrote Broadway show Girl Crazy and, their political satires, Of Thee I Sing, and Let . . . — Map (db m98477) HM
New York (New York County), New York — George Herman "Babe" Ruth — 1895 - 1948
"The Sultan of Swat" led the New York Yankees to seven pennants between 1920 and 1934. Ruth hit 714 career home runs, a record until 1974. He lived here for several years, beginning in 1929, and then moved to 173 Riverside Drive. — Map (db m98467) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Harold Ross — 1892 - 1951
The magazine editor, who said "if you can't be funny, be interesting", lived here when he founded The New Yorker in 1925. At his 1923 "housewarming" were Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin. — Map (db m110876) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Hart Crane — 1899 - 1932
The poet and author, one of the "Lost Generation" of writers, lived here while supporting himself as an advertising writer. Crane's poems "White Buildings" and "The Bridge" gave harmonious expression to the chaos of urban life. — Map (db m98712) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Horace Greeley — 1811 - 1872
Journalist who said "Go West, young man!" lived here when he was editor and publisher of the New York Tribune. An outspoken progressive reformer, he championed Western expansion and rights for women and young people. — Map (db m98663) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Houdini — 1874 - 1926
The magician lived here from 1904 to 1926, collecting illusions, theatrical memorabilia, and books on psychic phenomena and magic. Famous for daring escapes, no restraints-ropes, chains, straitjackets, bank vaults, or jail cells-could hold . . . — Map (db m98457) HM
New York (New York County), New York — John Dewey — 1859 - 1952
The influential educator and philosopher rejected education by rote in favor of "learning by doing," which develops the critical thinking skills Dewey believed were essential for participation in a democratic society. He lived here from 1913 to . . . — Map (db m98473) HM
New York (New York County), New York — John Vliet Lindsay — November 24, 1921 – December 19, 2000 — 155 East 72 Street, Manhattan
The leadership of John V. Lindsay, 103rd Mayor of New York City (1966-1973), kept this city calm during a time of social unrest, when other cities were beset with riots, by walking though troubled streets, adopting a policy of police restraint, and . . . — Map (db m98597) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Leonard Bernstein — August 25, 1918 - October 14, 1990 — The Osborne, 205 West 57th, Manhattan
World-renowned composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein was an American musical icon of the 20th century. He turned millions of viewers into music lovers through his televised Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, establishing him . . . — Map (db m110804) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Lincoln Kirstein — May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996 — 128 East 19 Street, Manhattan
Lincoln Kirstein is widely recognized as one of the founders of the American ballet tradition. With George Balanchine, he created the School of American Ballet in 1934, and served as its President until 1989. Beginning in 1935, he attempted to . . . — Map (db m98577) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Marian Anderson — 1897-1993
In 1939, after the contralto was refused the use of Constitution Hall by the D.A.R. because of her race, she sang at the Lincoln Memorial for an audience of 75,000. The first African American to perform at The White House (1936), and to be a . . . — Map (db m98589) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Odetta — Dec. 31, 1930 - Dec. 2, 2008 — 1270 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Odetta, born Odetta Holmes, was an influential artist/activist of the civil rights generation. During her 60-year career, she influenced numerous performers, including Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin. Her signature song was . . . — Map (db m105133) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Oscar J. Hijuelos — August 24, 1951 – October 12, 2013 — 419 West 118 Street, Manhattan
The son of Cuban immigrants, Oscar Hijuelos lived here from 1951 to 1971, where he first began to write and play guitar and piano. Literature and music would be his life-long passions. A student at Bronx Community College, Manhattan Community . . . — Map (db m98468) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Scott Joplin — 1868 - 1917
The "King of Ragtime" composer and pianist, whose works include the classic rags, "The Entertainer" and "Maple Leaf Rag," and the opera, Treemonisha, lived here in 1917. — Map (db m105123) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Sinclair Lewis — February 7, 1885 - January 10, 1951 — 69 Charles Street, Manhattan
The first U.S. writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1930), novelist and short story writer, Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, was a graduate of Yale University; his earliest published work was in the Yale Literary . . . — Map (db m98714) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Victor Herbert — 1859 - 1924
The conductor and composer, lived here from 1904 to 1924. During that time, he organized the Victor Herbert Orchestra, wrote the operettas "Naughty Marietta" and "Sweethearts," advocated the Copyright Law of 1909, and helped to found ASCAP. — Map (db m98482) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Willa Cather and Richard Wright
Willa Cather 1873-1947 Richard Wright 1908-1960 Willa Cather, author of My Antonia, wrote her first novel, Alexander's Bridge, here in 1912. Richard Wright, author of Native Son, wrote his autobiography, . . . — Map (db m106296) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Woody Guthrie — July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967 — 74 Charles Street, Manhattan
Woodrow Wilson "Woody” Guthrie, composer of This Land Is Your Land, is considered a 'father' of American folk music. Known as "The Dust Bowl Balladeer,” he was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, and spent years traveling throughout the . . . — Map (db m125772) HM

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