Posts Tagged ‘Hotel Pennsylvania’

A faded Greenwich Village sign goes back in time

April 24, 2017

Has this metal sign advertising a land auction really been posted on a building at Greenwich Street and West 12th Street since 1963?

Considering the faded lettering and typeface, it certainly seems to have been.

It’s easier to read in person, but the sign appears to notify the public about some real estate being auctioned off at the Statler Hilton — aka, the Hotel Pennsylvania — on February 7, 1963.

Apparently real-estate auctions there were regular events held by the city. A New York Times notice of one on March 8, 1862, explains that 182 city-owned properties found new owners during a two-day auction.

If only we could go back in time and buy New York property on the cheap, wait out the next few decades, and enjoy what today would likely be a real estate goldmine.

Rooftop dining and dancing under the stars

July 18, 2008

It’s July. It’s hot, really hot. Where did sophisticated New Yorkers go to relax, cool down, and take in a big band orchestra or tango? Perhaps one of these rooftop restaurants, as featured in the July 4, 1936 New Yorker.

Luncheon for 75 cents? Sweet!


Wayne King must have been a big name at the time. They include his handsome mug in the ad too.

The Rainbow Room had a regular 3 a.m. show? The city really knew how to party. I wonder what “kaleidoscope dance moods” and “character delineations” meant.