Writers flocked to New York even before the turn of the century. Literary giants like Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Edgar Allan Poe all spent some time in New York, especially in the Village. They came for inspiration, adventure, and opportunity, often weaving their experiences here into their stories.

Head out from tucked away Patchin Place, the home of poet and essayist e.e. cummings. Snake your way south and east as you veer into some of the hidden corners and parks where some of the country’s great authors lived and worked. You’ll wander by a garden that inspired a novel and the home of a poet laureate that holds the title of skinniest in the city. Once you’ve made it to the end on St. Marks Place, you’ll have wandered through over 200 years of American literature.