I had so much fun researching today’s installment of #sevendaysofvintagetins. When I found this tin in an antique shop, I knew nothing about it, and despite the rough condition, I was so drawn to the Art Deco style and dramatic colors.
The box, once containing chocolates, was used as promotion for the Hotel New Yorker, pictured on the tin lid, in NYC in the 30’s.
This incredible hotel opened in January of 1930 as a marvel of modern sophistication and technology. It’s 53 stories contained 2,500 rooms, a bank, a 50 chair barber salon, it’s own underground power plant (the largest in the USA, at the time) and it’s own radio station broadcasting live big-band music from it’s Terrace Room, across the country. This room also featured a retractable floor revealing an ice skating rink below, so diners could watch “gorgeous girls and foremost stars of the flashing blades” while they ate a meal or sipped cocktails.
In one of the photos above, you can see a brochure boasting guests’ access the hotel’s private underground tunnel to Penn Station! 😱 (It’s now completely sealed off.)
Despite all of the state of the art facilities, the Hotel New Yorker couldn’t escape the Great Depression and was practically doomed since it’s opening. The hotel filed for bankruptcy in 1966, closed in 1972 and was sadly, abandoned. Strangely enough, a church purchased the New Yorker in ‘76 and used it as it’s mission center until 1994, when it reopened as a functioning hotel.
Information and photos obtained from “Exploring the Forgotten Art Deco Artifacts of the New Yorker Hotel” by Luke Spencer, 2016.
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