As Dorothy Parker Once Said . . .

. . . to her childhood home, “Fare thee well.”

From Friday’s New York Times:

To Fan Fearing Wrecking Ball, the City Is Dorothy Parker’s

As Dorothy Parker once said, New Yorkers like her “take New York personally.”

What she meant, as she explained in a 1928 magazine essay, “My Home Town,” was that she felt tenderly “maternal” about the “nervous and fevered and dashing place” where she had lived most of her life and that anyone insulting the city would risk her vinegar wit.

So, in that spirit, Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, a 45-year-old aficionado of everything Dorothy Parker, has taken personally an effort by a landlord to tear down a piece of it — one of Parker’s several childhood homes on the Upper West Side.

As Dorothy Parker once said in another context:

What fresh hell is this?

(Helpful As Dorothy Parker once said primer here.)

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