Bemelmans Bar

Bemelmans Bar

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35 E. 76th St., Carlyle Hotel, New York, NY 10021 | (212) 744-1600, United States

Its clientele has included Harry Truman, Jackie Kennedy, and Cyndi Lauper, but one of the most celebrated locals at Bemelmans Bar, in the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, was Ludwig Bemelmans himself. In 1947 the Madeline author and illustrator lived rent-free upstairs while he painted scenes of Central Park on the bar’s walls. (Years later skilled art restorers used countless slices of wet Wonder Bread to sop up the decades of nicotine buildup on the murals.) Today the bar is a hangout for scenesters of every age.

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