Posts Tagged ‘Park Avenue Hotel’

A Harlem hotel’s holiday gift for New York City

December 24, 2017

This piece of Harlem street art on the side of the Park Avenue Hotel at 125th Street says it all. Season’s Greetings from Ephemeral New York!

This photo is a good six or seven years old, but Google tells me the mural is still there. Can anyone confirm?

Park Avenue South: three centuries, three views

June 21, 2012

In the photo below, taken in 1890, this stretch of Park Avenue South only had its name for two years. Before that, it was known as plain-old Fourth Avenue.

The intersection at 31st Street wasn’t exactly bustling. It featured a market, a laundry, and two very different hotels.

The opulent Park Avenue Hotel was built as a home for working women in 1876 (it failed thanks to its stringent rules). The low-key place next door is the Brandes, a holdout from a more rural city, explains New York Then and Now.

A lot happened in 84 years. Both hotels and the other small-fry businesses are gone, replaced by a canyon of 1920s-era office buildings and apartments (and a few saplings in giant planters in the median).

Today, Park Avenue South and 31st Street is pretty similar to its 1970s counterpart—minus the saplings.

Way in the distance in the center of the photo is the Park Avenue Tunnel, which sends cars underground at 33rd Street.

The tunnel used to carry railroad tracks, then streetcars—you can see them going in and coming out of the tunnel in the top photo.

[Top two photos: from New York Then and Now, Dover publications]

Holiday greetings from a Harlem dive hotel

December 24, 2011

I wonder if tourists ever accidentally book a room at the posh-sounding Park Avenue Hotel, off Park Avenue and 125th Street.

If so, hopefully they’re charmed by the classy seasons greetings mural!

Seedy hotels that keep hanging on

July 14, 2009

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: