John O'Hara and his works has been identified with my locales, places where his characters lived and breathed the environment where they lived. Of course Pottsville/Gibbsville and O'Hara's Pennsylvania Region has the strongest bond. But Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and, most important, New York also played seminal roles in developing the O'Hara oeuvre. In past posts, we've detailed sites in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. And a bit of O'Hara's New York, thanks to the Society's tour of several venues there.
A guide I recently found in a second-hand sale has now helped me flesh out some other New York sites haunted by O'Hara's ghost. The book has a longish title, Notable New York: The West Side & Greenwich Village -- A Walking Guide to the Historic Homes of Famous (and Infamous) New Yorkers. It's by Stephen W. Plumb.
19 West 55th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues