Posts Tagged ‘2009 recession’

The Rainbow Room is now shuttered…

January 17, 2009

But old magazine ads showcasing this glitzy and glamorous Manhattan nightspot live on. This one is from the Rainbow Room’s heyday in the big-band, rhumba-loving 1940s.

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Opened in 1934 (almost a year after Prohibition was repealed) on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, the art deco Rainbow Room (designed in part by Vincente Minnelli) and adjacent Rainbow Grill appear to be two of the recession’s better-known casualties. Its owners apparently owe millions in back rent, and they’re getting evicted.