< UNITED STATES | NEW YORK CITY: Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
Built at the height of the Jazz Age by Garment Center developer Mack Kanner and designed by the architectural firm Sugarman & Berger, the 43-story New Yorker Hotel opened its doors on January 2, 1930. In the 1920s, The New Yorker was at the forefront of the city’s building boom and at the time of its opening, it was the largest hotel in New York City, with 2,500 rooms, ballrooms, private dining “salons,” as well as the nation’s largest private power plant, producing enough energy to support thirty-five thousand people.
The hotel was equipped also with a hospital with its own operating room, an indoor ice-skating rink, each room had its own radio broadcasting on four hotel channels, twenty desk clerks,
twenty-three elevator operators, a personal secretary for each floor... With its Art Deco décor, exceptional service, and superb location in Midtown West, The New Yorker has dazzled visitors
The Big Band era of the early 1930s ushered in the first heyday of the New Yorker, as guests affected by the Great Depression visited the hotel to forget their troubles, if only for a short while. The hotel’s popularity continued through the 1940s, with famous guests including the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1941 World Series, as well as Joe DiMaggio when his Yankees were in town. Unfortunately, the 1950s and 1960s were less prosperous for the New Yorker, and it was forced to close its doors in 1972.
A citywide economic reawakening in 1994 led to new management and a complete refurbishment of the iconic New Yorker. Nearly 200 rooms were officially reopened later that year, and by 2000, over 1,000 elegantly renovated rooms were brought online. In addition, the hotel remodeled the famous Tick Tock Diner, making it a 24-hour eatery and confirming its place as a New York institution. In 2014, the New Yorker Hotel joined the Wyndham Hotels chain and was renamed into The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.
Today, the hotel continues to thrive, attracting visitors from all over the world. The New Yorker's Golden book include names of: John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and Jennifer Hudson, while the great Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, spent the last ten years of his life between 1933 and 1943, in rooms 3327 and 3328.
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