Corporate bigwigs could broker deals over a luxurious meal at the Sky Club in the Pan Am Building and the Hemisphere Club in the Time-Life Building.
And for execs who really took their power lunches seriously, there was the private, men-only Cloud Club, which opened in 1930 on the 66th, 67th, and 68th floors at the top of the Chrysler Building on 42nd Street.
“The main dining room, one floor up and connected by a bronze and marble Renaissance-style staircase, had a futuristic, Fritz Lang sort of look, with polished granite columns and etched glass sconces,” wrote Charles McGrath in a 2005 New York Times article.
“There was a cloud mural on the vaulted ceiling, and a mural of Manhattan on the north wall. On the same floor Walter Chrysler had a private dining room with an etched-glass frieze of automobile workers.”
And while Prohibition was still in effect, the Cloud Club offered private cabinets for executives who needed a place to store their liquor.
It closed in 1979 (after finally admitting women) and as retro-cool as it might be, there are no plans to reopen the space as a restaurant.
“The grand staircase has been yanked out, and the rest of the space has been pretty well expunged of ghosts and memories. Except for a marble floor and 54-inch-wide windows—which on a clear day offer a view so expansive it’s like looking at New York on HDTV—it offers not a clue to its former incarnation,” said McGrath.
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