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Breakfast at Tiffany's

So - I'm a little aggressive when it comes to literary location tracking - so I went to just about everything I could find that had anything do with Breakfast at Tiffany's. However, not every location panned out. Here's a list I checked out that turned out to be dead ends.

Parke-Bernet

“A keen sudden un-Holly-like enthusiasm for homemaking resulted in several un-Holly-like purchases: at a Parke-Bernet auction she acquired a stag-at-bay hunting tapestry and, from the William Randolph Hearst estate, a gloomy pair of Gothic “easy” chairs; she bought the complete Modern Library, shelves of classical records, innumerable Metropolitan Museum reproductions (including a statue of a Chinese cat that her own cat hated and hissed at and ultimately broke), a Waring mixer and a pressure cooker and a library of cook books. She spent whole hausfrau afternoons slopping about in the sweatbox of her midget kitchen: “José says I’m better than the Colony.”  

-- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

Holiday Golightly made a Park-Bernet purchase in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and I was wondering what that was – exactly – so I looked it up. It turns out it was an art auction house which was located at 980 Park Avenue.  In 1964, Sotheby’s bought it. The building is still there and it’s been in the spotlight lately because there were plans to build on top of it. It doesn’t seem those plans were met with much enthusiasm, so they’ve been shelved.

Hamburg Haven 

“As I walked to the corner, heading east toward the Hamburg Heaven at Seventy-ninth and Madison, I could feel the man’s attention focused on me. Presently, without turning my head, I knew that he was following me.” -- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

Not only did Holiday Golightly have a meet up at Hamburg Heaven with the lawyer Sally Tomato - the imprisoned mobster, but later in the novel, Fred met someone there. Now, I am a self-proclaimed burger chaser so I was looking forward to finding a Hamberg Heaven. However, I don't think there was ever a Hamburg Heaven in New York City.

El Morroco

“He was intelligent, he was presentable, he appeared to have a serious link with his work, which was obscurely governmental, vaguely important, and took him to Washington several days a week. How, then, could he survive night after night in La Rue, El Morocco, listening to the Wildwood ch-ch-chatter and staring into Rusty’s raw baby-buttocks face?” 

-- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

I really wanted to go to El Morocco. I mean - can you imagine? I wanted to sit in zebra stripped seats and dance to Gershwin. You can read all about it - right here. However - you can't go there because it's gone.

La Rue

“He was intelligent, he was presentable, he appeared to have a serious link with his work, which was obscurely governmental, vaguely important, and took him to Washington several days a week. How, then, could he survive night after night in La Rue, El Morocco, listening to the Wildwood ch-ch-chatter and staring into Rusty’s raw baby-buttocks face?” -- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

I could only find this little mention about La Rue.

Perona's Bar and Grill

“Even if a jury gave me the Purple Heart, this neighborhood holds no future: they’d still have up every rope from LaRue to Perona’s Bar and Grill—take my word, I’d be about as welcome as Mr. Frank E. Campbell.” 

-- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

I could not determine if a Perona's Bar and Grill ever existed. However -the owner of the El Morroco was named John Perona.

Barbizon Hotel

“Don’t. Live Barbizon. Regent 4-5700. Ask for Mag Wildwood.”
“You are an angel, Fred.”

” -- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

Holiday Golightly's friend, Mag Wildwood lives at the Barbizon. It was a rooming house for women in New York City. It was converted to condominiums in 2005.

Hotel Seaboard

“Here, somewhat condensed, are the pertinent paragraphs: Members of café society were stunned today by the arrest of gorgeous Holly Golightly, twenty-year-old Hollywood starlet and highly publicized girl-about-New York. At the same time, 2 P.M., police nabbed Oliver O’Shaughnessy, 52, of the Hotel Seabord, W. 49th St., as he exited from a Hamburg Heaven on Madison Ave.

-- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

What I Found: 

I also found no Hotel Seaboard in New York City