Saturday, October 23, 2010

Algonquin Hotel in New York City - 'The Round Table'

Built in 1902 in Manhattan, located near Times Square and Broadway, the prestigious Algonquin Hotel was frequented by many famous New Yorkers and also those from Hollywood and the business world.  Just after World War I ended, a group of famous writers met daily at the hotel to discuss their trade.  They met at the same spot, at the same round table everyday for lunch.  They became known as members of "The Round Table", however, they referred to themselves as "The Vicious Circle".  Members of this group included Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman, Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker, Franklin Pierce, Herold Ross, Robert Sherwood, and Alexander Woollcott.
The Algonquin Hotel in New York City
The Algonquin Hotel at night

In 1994 a film called "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" was created about the "Algonquin Round Table" and starred Jennifer Jason Leigh who played Dorothy Parker. The film was made portraying the exploits this group which started out as a few friends having lunch together and eventually grew to the star studded group it ended up being.

A scene from "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"

That was fine back then, however some hotel guests have said they have spotted some of these people in The Algonquin to this day.  They have been seen standing, walking through, or sitting in the lobby area around lunch time where the round table used to be located.  Apparently, these people have so much fun, good company, and are faithful to their daily luncheon meeting through eternity.

The Round Table room at the Algonquin Hotel

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