Here is the back entrance to what was
built in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein Sr. as
the Manhattan Opera House; the opera hall
is now known as the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Later the place was bought and expanded
by the Masons, who added the Grand Ballroom,
noted for its outstanding acoustics.
Warner Brothers and Bell Labs exhibited
experimental sound films here in 1926.
It was later the venue for an America First
Committee rally on April 23, 1941, where Charles Lindbergh
gave a speech arguing that England had already lost the
war against Hitler.
Corner: When built in 1930, this Art Deco hotel
was the largest in New York, with 2,500 rooms, 150 launderers,
92 telephone operators, 42 barber chairs, 35 master cooks, 20
manicurists, 10 dining salons, five restaurants and the nation's
largest private power plant.
It was the headquarters for Leo Durocher's Brooklyn Dodgers during the
1941 World Series, and Joe DiMaggio's home-game home. Big
bands led by the likes of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and the
Dorsey Brothers played here. Electrical genius
Nikola Tesla died in his room here January 7, 1943.
After decades of decline, it was bought by the Rev. Sun
Unification Church in 1976, and served as its World Universal
Church. In 1994, the Church reopened part of the building
as a Ramada Inn franchise, under the old name.
Woody Allen filmed scenes for Radio Days and Bullets
Over Broadway in the ballroom here.