Maps Now Help Fans Swoon Near Stars’ New York Homes
NEW YORK (AP) _ Fans who gush about Garbo, go mad for Madonna or wilt at the thought of Stevie Wonder now can swoon at their idols’ doorsteps, thanks to two new maps of celebrity addresses.
The maps are the unrelated ventures of entrepreneurs who were surprised to learn that New York had no star maps to call its own.
″Our map has as many famous people, if not more, than the Los Angeles maps. They tend to have a lot of dead people, like W.C. Fields and Clark Gable. Our people are alive and we have more,″ claimed writer John McCabe, 34, creator of the pocket-size ″New York Celebrity Locator.″
McCabe’s $5 map does, however, bend to tradition by including addresses of late ″New York Notables″ like 444 East 57th St., where Marilyn Monroe lived after her marriage to Arthur Miller; 34 Gramercy Park East, once occupied by Oz’s wicked witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton; and 151 East 74th St., which Henry Fonda owned and Yul Brynner rented.
McCabe’s list of 134 celebrities sprang from a four-year hobby of clipping addresses out of newspapers and magazines. Gossip columns, he noted, often mention celebrities’ new addresses and list famous neighbors as well.
Bill Berry, 27, and Tim McDonough, 26, got the idea for their ″New York Map to the Stars’ Homes 3/8″ while walking through Central Park with a visiting friend and pointing out the Dakota where John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, still lives.
They eventually came up with 120 stars, from Woody Allen (930 Fifth Ave.) to Pia Zadora (781 Fifth Ave.) Their large, white and fuchsia map sells for $3.50.
″We canvassed friends, then outsiders. Friends of friends called us; neighbors (of celebrities); people were sending us names from all over,″ said Berry. ″Cab drivers knew; doormen, shopke.epers, real estate people - we could ask anyone,″ said Berry.
Each tip was verified by three sources before making it onto their list. The easiest, he said, was Claus Von Bulow, whose 960 Fifth Ave. address is listed in the phone book.
McCabe also checked his tips through doormen, repair people, neighbors and friends in the news media to come up with the Locator, which includes celebrities like Dick Clark (725 Fifth Ave.), Henry Kissinger (435 East 52nd St.) and Sigourney Weaver (12 West 72nd St.)
″You can engage doormen in conversation. Say, ‘We’re from out of town - I hear ‘blah, blah’ lives here.′ They say, ‘Yes, and do you know who else?’ But you can’t get past them (into the building), which is good,″ he said.
Although it is geared toward tourists, McCabe has gotten calls from New Yorkers seeking the Locator, but he noted that many New Yorkers are too jaded to go star-searching.
Berry said his sales to natives were mostly a fad, ″But the tourist trade will pick up as more people realize it’s here.″
For the uninitiated, the Map of the Stars also offers some tongue-in-cheek dos and don’ts.
For instance, if you see a star you should point directly at them and scream. But you should never faint. Fainting is execessive and embarrassing, the map says, and most famous people will just step over you.
McCabe’s map, available at bookstores and newsstands, went on sale about two weeks ago while Berry’s has been in stores since April.
Like McCabe, Berry says he is ″not a big star gazer. ... I rarely see them if they walk right by me.″
But even for the blase, there’s at least one star that fascinates everyone, said Berry.
″Wouldn’t it be a kick to see Katharine Hepburn?″ he mused.