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New Upper West Side condo building named after writer Dorothy Parker

New Upper West Side condo building named after writer Dorothy Parker
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New Upper West Side condo building named after writer Dorothy Parker

New Higher West Aspect condominium constructing named after author Dorothy Parker

Legendary New York Metropolis author Dorothy Parker as soon as predicted that she was by no means going to perform something, writing: “my title won’t ever be writ giant on the roster of These Who Do Issues.”

She was unsuitable.

Dorothy Parker’s title is all around the world, from the Dorothy Parker disco in Brazil to Prince’s well-known tune “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” to bottles of Dorothy Parker gin distilled in Brooklyn. And now, for the primary time ever, her title is on an condominium constructing, too.

The original Queen Anne townhouse at 214 W. 72nd St., where writer Dorothy Parker grew up.
The unique Queen Anne townhouse at 214 W. 72nd St., the place author Dorothy Parker grew up.

The brand new improvement, referred to as Parker West, is situated on 214 W. 72nd St. between Broadway and West Finish Avenue. It launches gross sales at the moment.

This isn’t any outdated Higher West Aspect handle: It’s the positioning of Parker’s now-torn-down childhood dwelling, the place she lived along with her household earlier than her mom died in 1899.

That gray-stone, Queen Anne townhouse was demolished two years in the past and changed with a brand new 22-story luxurious boutique property — one that’s glossy and fashionable, sure, but in addition provides a nod to the constructing’s historic nature.

“We went into this [project] with the understanding that it was going to be new, however that there additionally needed to be a historic contact to the property,” Scott Shnay, principal of SK Improvement, instructed The Put up about his newest enterprise.

To that finish, Shnay and the remainder of the event workforce made positive to make use of pure supplies and light-filled design to honor the constructing’s traditional, non-flashy roots. Every condominium is a full-floor one to 3 bed room unit (costs vary from $1.3 million to $3 million), and the constructing — which can be completed in about three to 4 months — additionally has a landscaped roof terrace with river views, a gymnasium and a kids’s play space.

“We wished it to really feel a bit extra tactile and extra New York-y than a kind of glass packing containers,” Shnay defined.

The event workforce can be placing a plaque within the foyer of the constructing that reads: “This was Dorothy Parker’s childhood dwelling,” to honor Parker’s roots and remind residents and guests that they’re interacting with an essential a part of New York Metropolis literary historical past. There may even be a photograph of Parker within the foyer, in addition to pictures of her unique dwelling within the facilities area.

Historian Kevin Fitzpatrick, head of the Dorothy Parker Society and writer of quite a few books in regards to the author, is usually happy with the event of Parker West — largely due to the Parker West title and the ensuing plaque within the property’s foyer. However, like most historians with a fierce love for the previous, he does want the unique constructing may have been saved.

“In Parker’s writing, she talks rather a lot about her childhood and rising up on the Higher West Aspect, so I do want it may have been saved,” he mentioned.

Fitzpatrick at present provides strolling excursions of Parker’s numerous Higher West Aspect haunts, together with the Purple Home at 350 W. eighty fifth St., the place she lived along with her father after her mom’s loss of life, and 310 W. eightieth St., which is on a landmarked block simply down the road from Zabar’s that hasn’t modified a lot since Parker was a teen.

Fitzpatrick even brings tour-goers to Parker’s old fashioned on 79th Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue, which was a Catholic college referred to as Blessed Sacrament throughout her time, however is now a Jewish day college, the Rodeph Sholom Faculty.

“Dorothy was a real Higher West Sider and I’m pleased that a variety of these historic buildings the place she lived and frolicked are nonetheless round,” Fitzpatrick mentioned.

He even took her ashes for one final drive round her outdated stomping grounds earlier than bringing them to Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx so she could possibly be buried subsequent to her mom.

“I arrived at Penn Station with the field containing her ashes, and I needed to take an Uber dwelling to my home on 99th and Broadway — so I made positive we drove previous her homes on West 72nd and West eightieth as a homecoming. I wish to suppose that Dorothy Parker obtained another drive across the Higher West Aspect.”

Ultimately, Higher West Aspect drive or not, one factor is evident: Parker’s love for her neighborhood — and her general legacy — continues to reside on.

“The mission of the Dorothy Parker Society is to maintain folks speaking about her, so in that method, Parker West suits proper into what we’re attempting to do,” Fitzpatrick mentioned. “Now, I would like everybody to maintain celebrating her with some Dorothy Parker gin.”

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