April 27-30, 2023
New York, NY



The Mall

Tour The Mall, Central Park’s iconic, elm-lined walkway, is known as the Literary Walk or Poets’ Walk. The southern end features five statues: Shakespeare, Burns, Walter Scott, and Halleck. A beautiful outdoor literary excursion.

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Poe Cottage

Poe Cottage

3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx

Tour Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846–1849, in The Bronx. This landmark house museum is where he wrote "Annabel Lee" and "The Cask of Amontillado." Open Th-Su.


Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

209–211 Water Street

Shop Experience the traditional craft of nineteenth-century letterpress in a charmingly atmospheric shop true to its origins. Open every day 11 a.m.–7 p.m.



86 Bedford Street

Drink After a decade-long hiatus, Chumley's, the former Greenwich Village speakeasy of choice for many a poet and playwright, recently reopened. It's a bit higher-end these days, but the book jacket decor is back.

Alice's Tea Cup

102 W. 73rd Street

Eat Pop into a whimsical tea shop that conjures the world of Lewis Carroll, complete with tea and cakes and much else. Plus there's a shop with "everything Alice in Wonderland." Open 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.

Drunk Shakespeare

The Lounge at 711, 7th Avenue

Drink Five professional actors meet as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity ensues, cocktails served.

Poets House

10 River Terrace

Tour Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center, home to readings, talks, performances, classes, a 70,000-volume collection, and more. Open T-Sa, with lots of events to consider, too.

Printed Matter, Inc.

231 Eleventh Avenue

Shop Dubbed "the CBGB of Indie Bookstores," Printed Matter carries contemporary artists' books, zines, posters, prints, multiples, and a broad selection of out-of-print material. Open every day, check for hours.

Minetta Tavern

113 Macdougal Street

Eat Once the haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, Dylan Thomas, and the mysterious Joe Gould, this restaurant underwent a major revamp ten years ago but retains its charm and gets amazing reviews.

Oscar Wilde Bar

45 W. 27th Street

Drink An ostentatious Oscar Wilde–themed hotspot, complete with the city's longest bar and an array of dazzling artifacts. On the menu: lunch, dinner, and Absinthe Drip.

The New York Academy of Medicine Library

1216 Fifth Ave. at 103rd Street

Tour This library contains "one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health in the world." Open T-F by appointment, or check the special events calendar.

The Algonquin Hotel

59 W. 44th Street

Eat Whether dinner, a drink, or a room for the night, you can't get much more literary than the legendary Algonquin Hotel. Dorothy Parker and her "Vicious Circle" lunched there; go and raise a glass to them.