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Map of NYC in Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Map of NYC in Catcher in the Rye
Ms. Nyman English 10 H
P. 4 "The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station, I went to this phone booth." (Salinger 59) The station was torn down in October 1963. So there are no phones booth there now. Ernie's "I went down in the elevator again and got a cab and told the drive to take me to Ernie's. Ernie's is this night club in Greenwich Village that my brother D.B. used to go to frequently before he went out to Hollywood and prostituted himself." (Salinger 80) Ernie's is a fictional place. This is the address of a jazz club in Greenwich Village called Blue Notes that plays jazz music, which could very well have been a bar Holden might have gone to due to their live music. Edmont Hotel "We got to the Edmont Hotel..." (Salinger 61) "I walked all the way back to the hotel. Forty-one gorgeous blocks."
(Salinger 88) This is a fictional hotel known for prostitution. The location is approximately 41 blocks from "Ernie's". Which is also fictional. Grand Central Terminal "So what I did, I told the drive to take me to Grand Central Station." (Salinger 107) Sandwich Bar "After I put my bags in one of those strong boxes at the station, I went into this little sandwich bar and had breakfast."
(Salinger 107) There are many sandwich bars in the area of the station and Salinger was not specific about which one Holden went into. Broadway "I started walking over to Broadway, just for the hell of it, because I hadn't been there in years." (Salinger 114) American Museum of Natural History "...I walked all the way through the park over to the Museum of Natural History." (Salinger 119) Wicker Bar "In case you don't live in New York, the Wicker Bar is in this sort of swanky hotel, the Seton Hotel." (Salinger 141) Biltmore Hotel "So all I did, in front of the museum, was get a cab and go down to the Biltmore." (Salinger 122) In August 1981, the hotel was torn down. It has been rebuilt as a Bank of America Plaza. Phoebe's School "I figured I'd write her a note telling her where to meet me so I could say good-by to her and giver her back her Christmas dough, and then I'd take the note up to her school and get somebody in the principal's office to give it to her." (Salinger 199) This is most likely the school Salinger based Phoebe's school on. It is close to the Museum of Art and is the only school in Manhattan. Around the 1940s, it was changed into a middle school for talented children.
(1940s picture unavailable) Museum of Art "Meet me at the Museum of art near the door at quarter past 12 if you can..." (Salinger 200)
"But I just walked over to the museum anyway." (Salinger 202) Penn Station Sutton Place "Mr. and Mrs. Antolini had this very swanky apartment over on Sutton Place, with two steps that you go down to get in the living room, and a bar and all." (Salinger 180) Radio City Ice Rink "'Let's go ice-skating at Radio City!"' (Salinger 128) *Note* Holden's apartment could not be included because there were no specifications that give any accurate approximations of his apartment in the novel. We are only told he went home after being drunk in Central Park. Duckie Pond
(Central Park South Lagoon) "So what I did, I started walking over to the park. I figured I'd go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing, see if they were around or not." (Salinger 153) Central Park Zoo "I knew she'd follow me, so I started walking downtown toward the zoo, on the park side of the street..." (Salinger 208) Carrousel "Anyway, we kept getting closer and closer to the carrousel and you could start to hear that nutty music it always plays." (Salinger 210)