Friday, August 28, 2015

Wallet Card at the Washington Square Hotel

My favorite author is PG Wodehouse, the creator of the Jeeves and Wooster and Blandings Castle series, and generally considered the finest comic author of all time. Though he was English he lived much of his life in New York, and from 1909-1914 lived in the Washington Square Hotel, then known as the Hotel Earle. Wodehouse on living in New York: "Being there was like being in heaven, withouth going to all the bother and expense of dying.
Later residents of the hotel including Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Phyllis Diller, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. In Baez's song about her relationship with Dylan, Diamonds and Rust (later awesomely covered by Judas Priest), she wrote of the place, “Now you’re smiling out the window of that crummy hotel over Washington Square.”

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