Growing up in the shadow of the New Yorker
From the collection of Joe Kinney
We wanted to share a fascinating letter we received about our story Friday on the New Yorker Hotel. The writer, Ruth Lennon, grew up and still lives in the neighborhood, and during her childhood in the 1930s and the 1940s, the hotel was, among other things, a fun place to play with her friends. Thanks, Ruth, for sharing your memories with us:
Dear Mr. Pujol,
Thank you for such an interesting article on the Hotel New Yorker. I along with some of my close friends were born back in the 1930's and were raised on West 35th Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues. We had many places to play in the area, as street kids growing up, one place being the elevator that went from below ground in the 34th street and 8th avenue subway directly up one flight to the Hotel New Yorker.
The elevator stopped in the vestibule of the side entrance of the hotel that is next to Manhattan Center, now known as Hammerstein Ballroom, and would discharge passengers for the hotel including a few of us neighborhood kids. I remember when the Shriner conventions would come to town and stay and party at the Hotel New Yorker. We had torch light parades with many celebrities during the second World War that would parade by the Hotel New Yorker.
I still live in the neighborhood and was delighted to watch as the New Yorker was spiffed up and the sign on the top of the hotel restored. Thank Mr. Kinney for helping restore some good memories for a few of us from the old neighborhood.
Mrs. Ruth Lennon