Corner (1290 6th Ave): A 43-story office tower
designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built by
the Uris brothers in 1961-62.
On Seinfeld, George Constanza
claims that the 14th floor of this building has the best
restroom in the vicinity of 54th and Sixth.
Site of Toots Shor's
51: This address, replaced by
the Sperry-Rand Building, was the original address of
Toots Shor's Restaurant,
which opened here in 1940, a hangout for athletes,
sportswriters and assorted famous people. (When Yogi
Berra was introduced to Ernest Hemingway here as "an
important writer," Berra reportedly replied, "What
paper you with, Ernie?") Shor, a former speakeasy
bouncer, left Jackie Gleason on the floor here after
winning a drinking contest, ordered an impatient Charlie
Chaplin to "be funny for the people for the next 20 minutes,"
and told Louis B. Mayer that his food was "better'n some of
your crummy pictures I stood in line for." He counted both
Joe DiMaggio and Chief Justice Earl Warren among his
closest friends. He held out against the developers
for years, but eventually sold his lease here for
$1.5 million in 1959 and moved to 52nd Street.
31: Was the address of Golden Horn, described in a
1940 restaurant guide as "splendid Armenian-Turkish cooking."
27: Was Stockholm, which that guide called "right up among
the tops for Swedish food." You could eat dinner at either restaurant for $1.25.
Rockefeller Center Hotel
25: New hotel includes Club Quarters and The Terrace Club;
also here are Johnny Utah's, which boasts Manhattan's
only mechanical bull, and Teresa's Deli.
(75 Rockefeller Plaza): A 32-story
Art Deco tower built in
1947 as the Esso Building, part of Rockefeller Center.
(Esso was Standard Oil of New Jersey, part of the
Rockefellers' oil empire--later known as Exxon.)
Includes the restaurant City 75.
5: Coco Gourmet Deli
Women's National Republican Club
was founded in 1910 as a suffrage organization. Today,
it's more "Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller" rather than Ann Coulter.
Corner (640 5th Ave): First National City Bank of New York;
H & M. This was the address of
William Henry Vanderbilt's
own piece of the Triple Palace, three Vanderbilt mansions designed by John
Butler Snook and built from 1879-82. (Actually, he got half of the
bifurcated structure, which is only fair since he paid for it.)
William, who headed the railroad empire after the death of his father, Commodore
Cornelius Vanderbilt, was at his death the wealthiest person
in the world. Though noted for his quip "The public be damned!"
he was reportedly much nicer than his father.