As expected the hotel was full on its last night with longtime guests, fans and admirers saying goodbye to the hotel for one last time, all expressing concern that when the hotel reopened, it just would not be what it was. Which is probably true.
However, architect Gene Kauffman, who has worked on nearly every hotel in NYC it seems, told the NYT that a lot of the hotel's "original charm" like the wrought-iron interior stairwell and the art would be preserved. However, we're sure the hotel's new owner is looking for some better quality guests with less drama. Here's what happened on the last night:
Shortly before dusk, police officers rushed in and up to the ninth floor. A guest had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend and called his mother to tell her he wanted to kill himself; his mother called the police, who in turn escorted the man to Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric ward. “Never a dull moment,” a front-desk clerk said.
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