The Upper West Side was Hannah Arendt’s home from 1941 to 1975. This neighborhood on a hill, home to fellow artists, writers, and friends, became a haven from her endless speaking and teaching schedule, which took her around the world. She wrote here, entertained here, taught here, rested here, and it was here where she found the four walls necessary for solitude, friendship, and thinking. This map traces how Hannah Arendt made a home in America, discovering where she used to live and how she got her start as a writer.
Follow the footsteps of Hannah Arendt with a self-guided audio walk. You can download the Gesso app free of charge and walk at your own pace (recommended duration: 90 minutes). If you would like to explore more places connected to Hannah Arendt’s life in the city, come by the Goethe-Institut at 30 Irving Place to get a free copy of our "Hannah Arendt’s New York City" print map with additional stops. Alternatively, you can download the map here:
Download the map
For more information on “Thinking is Dangerous,” a program on Hannah Arendt, please visit: goethe.de/usa/thinkingisdangerous
The audio walk was written and recorded by Samantha Rose Hill
and produced in cooperation with Gesso.