The glorious past of the Hotel New Yorker

New York City is home to some pretty luxe hotels. But how many featured their own working hospital with four operating rooms?

Only the Hotel New Yorker, still hosting guests on 34th Street and 8th Avenue but without the extravagance it had when it opened in 1930. 

Among the amenities back in the day: More than 2,500 rooms (each one with its own radio). Ten private dining rooms. A 42-chair barber shop. Five restaurants.

This 1940s postcard, with the slogan “where night turns into play,” makes it sound like a decadent destination.

The New Yorker had a sports past too. Leo Durocher made it the Dodgers’ headquarters during the 1941 World Series. Joe Di Maggio even lived there. 

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8 Responses to “The glorious past of the Hotel New Yorker”

  1. Josie Says:

    The hotel developed a serious bedbug infestation a couple of years, while they were remodeling some of the floors for re-opening. I wonder how that’s going.

  2. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I had been there twice, once in the 70s when some Moonies tried to entice me in and throw my cares away, as long as I joined up with them, and once in the 90s when I worked as a scab in a rock hall on 34th Street that was getting protests from Union workers which I wasn’t. We used the corner hotel as our meeting place on the upper floors then descended down to the rock hall and got to our work as the protests went on outside. As usual I didn’t make much there.

    Lambda Awards Winner 2010/Bisexual Fiction for Holy Communion

  3. Hotels NYC Says:

    Thank you for writing this unique blog post about our hotel.

    @Josie I can assure you that the bedbug problem has been remedied and there are no bedbugs (or other vermin) in our hotel, and haven’t been since the renovation was completed in 2008.

    @Mykola Yes, the hotel is owned and, to a lesser extent, operated by the Unification Church. Much has changed since the 70s, of course. I do hope you will return to visit us some day to see the changes. Many of the hotel management are non-unification members.

    Eric Bryant, E-Commerce Manager
    The New Yorker Hotel

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  5. Leila Says:

    And don’t forget, it was Moonie headquarters!

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