"the old landmarks were all in their place" [EMPT]
As you probably know, the Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes, have called New York City their headquarters since their founding in 1934. While the early membership hailed almost exclusively from the northeast, today's BSI hails largely from around North America and even from a number of other continents.
And despite the infinite number of entertainment venues in New York, each year when it is time for Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts to descend upon Gotham, there are a number of places that we like to visit, revisit and call our home-away-from home.
When we noticed an article from the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal titled New York has a wealth of literary landmarks, our antennae went up. Upon finishing the article, it seemed that it had been written for anyone who has attended a BSI Weekend in the past. A few of the familiar landmarks that made the C-J's list:
- The Algonquin Hotel, the oldest still-operating hotel in New York and the birthplace of the New Yorker. It is also the unofficial headquarters of the BSI during our January weekends.
- McSorley's Old Ale House, which usually plays host to the conclusion of the Christopher Morley Walk, is noted for its very reasonably-priced food.
- The Mysterious Bookshop is Otto Penzler's book-lover's haven, now transplanted in a trendy TriBeCa neighborhood. Although it's slightly out of the way, Otto's hospitality and tremendous selection make it worth the trip.