Seedy hotels that keep hanging on

The Standard. The Bowery. The Cooper Square. Even with the recession still taking its toll, these and other new luxury hotels continue to infiltrate the city.

So it’s reassuring to know that some of the best lowlife dives continue to thrive as well. (Plus, they have better signage.) Like what I’ve always dubbed the Pepsi-Cola Hotel, at Ninth Avenue and 42nd Street:


The Park Avenue Hotel is a nice one. Park Avenue and 125th Street, that is:


This photo was taken a while back, but I’m hoping the Leffert’s Hotel is still operating in Clinton Hill:


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7 Responses to “Seedy hotels that keep hanging on”

  1. Mykola (Mick) Dementiuk Says:

    The Pepsi Cola Hotel is really the Elk Hotel, a well known hooker and transvestite dive hotel; I’ve had memorable short stays therein.

  2. Andrea Says:

    Hi, i would like to book a room at the Elk Hotel… how i can do it? Do you have an email address? i have seen only the telephone number but my english speaking is not very good… thank you! 😉

  3. jonnyz Says:

    I used to stay at the Providence or Provident hotel on the Bowery for $12.00 a night ,just a few years ago. anybody know if it still in business and what the rates are now ?

  4. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Dug this up from a few years ago, I’m sure the place has changed into an expensive site…but one never knows

  5. Gina Says:

    I thought your review was exquisite and I truly appreciated the knowledge. I think you inspired me to do research into seedy hotels. Thank you

  6. Mick Mykola Dementiuk Says:

    The first seedy hotel I went into was off 12th St & 3rd Ave, is now an NYU site, I think I paid 4 bucks in the early 1960s. At the time I hit them all, it’s covered in my book 100 Whores, it’s out of print but you can find used copies on Amazon. Best of luck 😉

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