Marilyn Monroe Haunts In Manhattan: How To Recapture The Icon

by Sun Kersor · January 7, 2011

    Ever wonder where Norma Jeane captured New York City? Discover where she lived, acted, and, yes, slept...

    The NYTimes has a great article chronicling Marilyn Monroe's spots around the city.

    Act Like Marilyn--164 East 61st St.:

    In the film version of "The Seven Year Itch," for example, this marks the apartment of her liaison, a handsome brownstone, that had rent of "a modest 160 a month." During the filming, because Monroe would be seen during the shoot in lingerie at a second-story window, police blockaded the street between Third and Lexington Avenues.

    Eat Like Marilyn--Gino 780 Lex

    This Italian cuisine mainstay served as one of Monroe's favorite restaurants; she dined there with Joe DiMaggio and, later, Arthur Miller. Gino kicked the bucket in May, but the Subway Inn across the street, a schlumpy luncheonette, still serves daily and features Monroe memorabilia.

    Be Coquettish Like Marilyn--Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote, 590 Lex

    The Trans-Lux Theater's been closed for decades, but there at Lexington and 52nd Street, with a wind effect from under the sidewalk grates on September 15, 1954, Monroe famously held down her Travilla halter dress (accordian pleats and all) against the prying special effects. You might try the grating in front of Le Relais for a cinematic re-visitation.

    Fight Like Marilyn--St. Regis Hotel, E. 55th St.

    Later after the skirt sequence, it is reported that Joe DiMaggio and Monroe split after fighting in their hotel room, Suite 1105. The two fought, allegedly, over some sexy pictures and got in a physical altercation that prompted their divorce.

    Live Like Marilyn--The Waldorf Astoria

    We should all be so lucky; she was a subtler on the 27th floor and scrawled a diary--and some verse--on the hotel's stationary.

    Removed from the Hollywood vacuity, Monroe went to the Met and read Russian lit. So, wear a flowy skirt, tote your tattered copy of Anna Karenina, and head to look at some Rodin.

    [Images via NY Times]