Stay at the Hotel Arlington in Madison Square

According to this century-old postcard, $2 at the Hotel Arlington in genteel Madison Square gets you a room and a bath. Looking for a suite? That’ll run you at least $4.

Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and 25th Street hasn’t changed excessively since the early 1900s. Madison Square Park is just as pretty, but it’s no longer all that centrally located.

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The Arlington Hotel building still stands and it’s still a hotel—a Comfort Inn. A low-rise holdout building that could be the one in the postcard (though remodeled) sits on its right.

The Gothic Revival church across the street remains. Built in 1868 by Richard Upjohn, it was once Trinity Chapel and is now home to a Serbian Orthodox congregation.

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5 Responses to “Stay at the Hotel Arlington in Madison Square”

  1. Bookpod Says:

    What a surprise to see the Arlington Hotel — or the Hotel Arlington, as my parents called it when they became tenants there with my older sister and brother in 1950. After living five years in a displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria, they eventually found a place in the Arlington, with the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. They stayed in the hotel until they moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to open up a luncheonette.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Wow, what a story. I wonder what Madison Square was like in those post-war years, and if the hotel was mostly or all longer-term tenants.

  3. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    A not so well known writer lived in the Arlington Hotel in the 1950s, Arthur Chester, a freaky, flaky character who always wore a wig, due to a childhood illness. I read his bio in Edward Field’s The Man Who Loved Susan Sontag, spent his years in dire poverty. There’s more of him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Chester

  4. Tom B Says:

    According to NEW YORK SONGLINES, the low rise hold out was a Clergy House designed by Richard Upjohn for the Trinity Chapel across the street. The other big building with a flag is the Hoffman House, an elegant hotel.

  5. wildnewyork Says:

    Yes, Hoffman House deserves its own post! Here’s a little history:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=cKkUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA204&dq=hoffman+house+madison+square&hl=en#v=onepage&q=hoffman%20house%20madison%20square&f=false

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