Map shows stars' Manhattan homes and hangouts

November 03, 1991|By Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK -- To get a glimpse of Madonna, try eating at the Ginger Man, a restaurant about a block from the Material One's Upper West Side apartment.

Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Bill Murray hang out at their own restaurant, the Tribeca Grill, in Lower Manhattan.

Kathleen Turner and Lauren Bacall get their hair styled at Elizabeth Arden on Fifth Avenue.

But Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver prefer another salon, one operated by Frederic Fekkai, a few blocks away.

If time is no problem, try waiting until Jackie O., Paul Newman, Cher, Bill Cosby, Robert Redford or Dolly Parton emerge from their New York domiciles.

Don't worry: Their addresses are supplied.

Helpful tidbits on tracking the movement of celebrities in the Big Apple can be found in "Larry Wolfe's Official Map of Movie Stars' Homes in New York City," which is believed to be the city's first Hollywood-style guide to stargazing. Published over the summer, it is distributed nationally through book stores and gift shops.

For those who want to engage in more than just stargazing, the map also tells visitors how to obtain half-price theater tickets and gain admission to talk-show tapings. But the focus is on the stars.

"There are more stars per capita in New York than any other place in the world," said the creator of the guide, whose full name is Larry Wolfe Horwitz. "In an area of about 10 blocks, there are about 80 of the most famous stars in the world."

They include Lauren Bacall, Michael Douglas, Fay Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Billie Jean King, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Calvin Klein, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Cecily Tyson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Simon, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Reeve, Beverly Sills and Telly Savalas.

Even the former homes of deceased stars, such as Miles Davis, Greta Garbo, Mae West, Babe Ruth and Humphrey Bogart, are listed.

Hello, Big Apple. Goodbye, Tinseltown.

Despite Hollywood's reputation as the home of the stars, Mr. Horwitz said, New York is where many of the big screen's most recognized stars lived before they made it big in Tinseltown. And even if they have bought homes in California, most still maintain a place in New York City, he said.

Nearly two years ago, Mr. Horwitz said, he came up with the idea of producing a full-color map that tourists and local residents could use to take themselves on unguided walking tours of their favorite stars' neighborhoods, restaurants, nightclubs and beauty salons.

"Everywhere I'd go, I'd keep bumping into stars," he said. "I'd see Madonna jogging in Central Park. I'd see Woody Allen and Mia Farrow walking with a baby carriage around Central Park. I'd see Billy Joel at Columbus Restaurant, just down the block from here. I'd see Michael Douglas or Dustin Hoffman at the Russian Tea Room. It was amazing."

Mr. Horwitz, 36, a Toronto-born real estate developer, said response to his map has been amazing. He said the map has already sold 30,000 copies and is now in its third printing.

Initially, a list of about 1,000 names was developed. That was reduced by 60 percent, with the final selections based on the stars' popularity. Intelligence, including city records and tips from Manhattan doormen and hairdressers, was used to compile the list.

Mr. Horwitz's guide -- which also lists where stars eat, dance, play billiards and bowl -- asks stargazers not to disturb the celebrities' privacy.

Most of the stars live in the same New York City neighborhoods. Their buildings typically are undistinguished on the outside. Inside, however, stars occupy spacious suites or whole floors overlooking Central Park, the New York skyline or the Hudson River.

"They cluster in three distinct areas -- Central Park West, Fifth Avenue and downtown in the Tribeca-SoHo area," Mr. Horowitz said. "It's kind of a reflection of their personalities.

"On the Upper East Side, you're going to have people like Paul Newman and Robert Redford -- people who look for a little quieter neighborhood, more low-key.

"People looking for a little more excitement and who want to be near Lincoln Center, the arts and fine restaurants live right around Central Park West, on the Upper West Side. That would be Madonna, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Billy Joel and Dustin Hoffman.

"When you go down town to Tribeca, you have people like Tom Cruise, Cyndi Lauper, Cher and Robert De Niro -- people who like to be on the cutting edge."

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.