Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #82

Knickerbocker Hotel

Architect: Marvin & Davis
Style: Renaissance Revival
Use: Hotel
Opened: 1906
Borough: Manhattan

With its lovely mansard roof and high culture residents, such as Enrico Caruso and George M. Cohan, the Knickerbocker Hotel was the center of high society in the early 20th century. Known as “the 42nd Street Country Club”, the hotel bar was said to be the birthplace of the Martini and was hurt so badly by Prohibition that the hotel was converted into office spaces. Landmarked in 1980, it reopened as a hotel once again in 2015.


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