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New York Hilton

This article is about the hotel in Manhattan. For the village in Monroe County, see Hilton, New York.
New York Hilton Midtown
General information
Location 1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York
Coordinates

40°45′44″N 73°58′43″E / 40.76225°N 73.97874°E / 40.76225; 73.97874Coordinates: 40°45′44″N 73°58′43″E / 40.76225°N 73.97874°E / 40.76225; 73.97874

Opening June 26, 1963
Owner Hilton Worldwide
Management Hilton Worldwide
Height 148.4 m (487 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 47
Design and construction
Architect William B. Tabler Architects
Harrison & Abramovitz;
Developer Uris Brothers
Other information
Number of rooms 1,980
Number of suites 47
[1][2][3][4]

The New York Hilton Midtown is the largest hotel in New York City and world's 101st tallest hotel. The hotel is corporate owned and managed by Hilton Worldwide.

The 47-floor building located on the northwest edge of Rockefeller Center at Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street has hosted every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy as well as the Beatles during their 1964 visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater. The world's first handheld cell phone call was made by hotel guest Martin Cooper in front of the hotel in 1973.

History

The project was developed by Hilton Hotels Corporation, the Rockefeller Group, and the Uris Building Corporation. The original architect was Morris Lapidus and he proposed to build a curved Fontainebleau Hotel-style building. However, Lapidus had to withdraw since he was also designing the competing Americana Hotel (now the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers) a block away.[5]


William B. Tabler was then tapped to finish the project and he designed it with slabs. It opened on June 26, 1963 as the New York Hilton and offered 2,153 rooms, making it the largest in the city.

On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper made the world's first handheld cellular phone call in public when he called Joel S. Engel at the New York Hilton with a 2 pound Motorola DynaTAC phone. Cooper, a Motorola inventor called his rival at Bell Labs to tell him about the invention. The cell phone base station was next door atop the Burlington House.[6]

The hotel owned the property immediately west of it which was the site of the Adelphi Theatre where episodes of The Honeymooners were filmed. The Adelphi was torn down in 1970. In 1989, an office tower, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, was built on the site. It is connected to the Hilton with a walkway and keeps the Hilton's Sixth Avenue address even though it is midblock and closer to Seventh Avenue. Exterior shots of Elaine's workplace at the J. Peterman Company in Seinfeld show the building.[7][8]

In 1990, a $100 million renovation decreased the number of guest rooms to 1,980. It was renovated again in 1991–1994 and underwent another $100 million renovation in 1998–2000, including a total overhaul of the lobby, the addition of an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) Precor USA Fitness Center on the Fifth Floor. Around that time the name was changed to Hilton New York, as all Hilton hotels were rebranding the name Hilton to go before the city name at the time. In 2007, the hotel completed its fourth renovation. It now has 47 suites on floors 42 through 44. Each suite includes between 600 to 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) of space.

In 2013 the hotel was renamed the New York Hilton Midtown in honor of its 50th anniversary.[9] That year it announced that it was ending room service. It will consider establishing a cafeteria called "Herb n' Kitchen".[10]

References

External links

  • New York Hilton Midtown official website
  • New York Hilton Midtown corporate website

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