Thursday, December 24, 2009


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Hotel Pennsylvania!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Statler and Waldorf

Do you remember the two Muppet characters Statler and Waldorf? Well, Statler was actually named after Hotel Pennsylvania (which was renamed Hotel Statler in the 1940's) and Waldorf was named after the Waldorf Astoria. Just an interesting fact you might want to know.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Preservation Act of 1966

I stumbled upon the Preservation Act of 1966 which was actually used to save Michigan Central Station from demolition a few weeks before it was scheduled. We are currently looking into the preservation act to see if it pertains to us. More information will be on the way.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Hotel Pennsylvania! And same to all of you who are helping to save the hotel! Have a safe and happy Holiday!

Steven Lepore
Editor of The Save The Hotel
Pennsylvania Foundation

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NY Post says save the Hotel!

Amazing what ou find when you look for it.  This post published almost a year ago to the day shows no mater how bad people make things look, eventually they see the light and come over to our side of the fence.

A link to the NY Post.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hotel Pennsylvania 3Q Review

Vornado announced their third quarters earnings report today, The Hotel Pennsylvania  made $3.59M this Quarter, down from last year at this time of $11.9M.  So far the hotel as made a total of $7.8M down from last years high of $29.7M.

Needless to say the Hotel is not doing all that well.  Which will give Vornado all the more reason to get rid of it.  A full copy of the SEC filing can be found at

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Message to Bloomberg

A quick email has been sent to Mayor Bloomberg's office simply saying that the hotel needs to be saved. I will keep you informed on the status of this message.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hotel Pennsylvania CB5 Review

There's an uncertain amount of time before the CB5 review.  The potential developer currently should be putting together a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which is a sort of prelude to the ULURP process and which has no official time frame for completion.  Once the DEIS is finished, and then certified by the City Planning Commission, CB5 will have 60 days to hold a public hearing and issue its recommendation on the proposal.

Let's not waste time on this people, let's get the word out now to the CB5 ad let them know where we stand.

CB5 Zoning review

On Wednesday  , November 4, 2009 @ 6pm the CB5 Land Use & Zoning board will be holding the first hearing of the month.  If you care to come down and voice your option about the possible rezoning of the Hotel Pennsylvania, please show up.  It will be held at Flatiron BID, 27 W. 24th, Rm. 800.

Remember this is your neighborhood too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Contact the Chairman of the LPC

 Anyone who is interested in contacting the Chairman of the LPC, Robert B. Tierney can do so from this form. Please make sure you keep it to 150 words or less. Tell him whey you think the Hotel Pennsylvania should be landmarked.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


An interesting discovery was made today, apparently the LPC is not made up of City Council members, but rather voulenteers from the area, that are appointed by the current Mayor of NYC. (at present this is Bloomberg).

Christine Quinn

We received a phone call from the Office of the City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's Liaison, Jose Conde.  Apparently to my surprise, there are several steps in getting the Hotel Pennsylvania re-zoned.  A process known as ULURP, (The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure).  There are many steps in this process the first of which is preparing an EIP (Environmental Impact Study).  Then it has to go to the Borough President, then to the City Planner, and then on to City Council.  Each of these steps has a certain time limit imposed on them before they must be completed.  Right now as stated, it is only in the EIP stage, and has a long way before it gets to the City Council.

The actual steps involved can be found here:

All in all I would say this is good news!  Mr. Conde will keep us posted of any changes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Follow up letter

Back on October 14th we got a phone call from Mr. Seth Berliner at Tom Duane's office. As of yet we received no response from him. We sent a follow up letter just to remind him we are still here. 

Friday, October 23, 2009


If anyone has ideas they would like to share about saving the hotel, please post them as a comment and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vornado knew about 9/11 before hand?

After doing so research I came up with some interesting facts. Mind you this is just speculation and nothing confirmed unless stated.

In feb of 2001 Vornado entered into and was the high bidder for the 99 year lease of the WTC - Fact (

In March of 2001 Vornado, back out of the deal for the WTC and allowed Larry Silverstein to purchase the deal. - Fact (

Robert P. Kogod a trustee of Vornado Realty trust serves as "Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Defense" - Fact ( ( (

Now, although I do not know if the US really new that the WTC was going to be attacked before hand or not, I can not say, but it seems way to much of a coincidence that VNO pulled out of the deal 6 months before the attack almost to the day. - Fact (

So along with having connections in the DOD, I'm sure they they must have some connections in NYC's govt as well. (speculation)

Mr. Seth Berliner

I received a very interesting call today, from Mr. Seth Berliner, the legislative aide to Senator Tom Duane. We spoke for a few minutes and I was able to hopefully bring him up to speed on the current situation with the Hotel.

Monday, October 12, 2009


A interesting way of viewing how Vornado is connected through to the world. If you want to see the whole map, goto

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Well we are back where we started,  with Wikipedia, they refuse to allow us to mention ourselves, with out proof of our existence in the media.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


OK we finally worked out the differences (at lest we hope) with Wikipedia.  The effort to Save Hotel Pennsylvania will now appear on the Hotel Pennsylvania's article on Wikipedia.  Just as before we need your help in expanding it.

Friday, October 9, 2009


We are currently in dispute with Wikipedia about our page.  We are working on getting them to restore it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Richard N. Gottfried

Back in January of 2008 the local Assembleymen for the NYC area where the hotel is located, Richard N. Gottfried, Testifed before the New York City Department of City Planning Scoping.  The letter can be found here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Help us make our Wikipedia page better, check us out and help the cause by posting some links, and references.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Spreading The Word...

A link to this website has been added to the Wikipedia article on Hotel Pennsylvania. It can be found at the end of the Proposed Demolition section. Please keep spreading the word about this website and the hotel!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A letter to Christine Quinn

Councilmember Quinn:

Forgive my intrusion into your schedule, but if I may take a few minutes of your time today, I wish to ask you if you would assist us in a matter that is currently before the NYC Zoning Council.

As you may be aware, the owners of the historical Hotel Pennsylvania have filed with the city paperwork to have the current site of the hotel rezoned. The Hotel is located within a C6-6 zoning a C6-4.5 and within the Penn Center Sub district of the Special Midtown District. Vornado wants to rezone the spot to allow the construction of Single Tenant Office Scenario and/or a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario. (A copy can be found here Either of these scenarios would require the demolition of the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Numerous RFE have been submitted to the LPC, with the majority backing of CB5, the HDC, and Assemblyman Gottfried. So far all have been denied for consideration. To sum it up Ms. Quinn, this hotel should have been preserved years ago after the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished back in the mid 1960's. I ask that you please lend your support to aid us and help by letting your fellow city council members know, that we the citizens care about our neighborhood, and the Hotel. We do not want to see the Hotel Pennsylvania destroyed, in fact we would be overjoyed if was refurbished back to its original glory. There has been talk about how this construction would create new jobs for the city, but Ms. Quinn we know that in the current economic situation, the jobs that would be create would only be temporary. The "office tower" would sit mostly empty of tenants, and would put all the current employees of the Hotel Penn out of work. Any business that would move into this office tower would only be relocating from other areas of NYC and thus would not be creating any positive work flow for NYC.

Ms. Quinn we don't need another office building in NYC, we have plenty. Help us by preserving the things in Manhattan that matter.

I thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.


Gregory Jones
Save The Hotel Pennsylvania Foundation

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hotel Pennsylvania - New York City

Great shot of the hotel on a rainy NYC night.

A letter to Tom Duane

Senator Duane:

Forgive my brief intrusion into your schedule, but if I may take a few minutes of your time today, I wish to ask you if you would lend your political support to a matter that is currently before the NYC Zoning Council.

As you may be aware, the owners of the historical Hotel Pennsylvania have filed with the city paperwork to have the current site of the hotel rezoned. Located partly within a C6-6 zoning district and partly within a C6-4.5 and is also partially located within the Penn Center Sub district of the Special Midtown District.

Vornado wants to rezone the spot to allow the construction of Single Tenant Office Scenario and/or a Multi-Tenant Office Scenario. Either of these scenarios would require the demolition of the Hotel Pennsylvania.

Numerous RFE have been submitted to the LPC, with the majority backing of CB5, as well as the HDC, and Assemblyman Gottfried. So far all have been denied for consideration. To sum it up Senator, this hotel should have been preserved years ago when the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished back in the mid 1960's. I ask that you please lend your support to aid us and help by letting the city council know that we the citizens do care about our neighborhood, and the Hotel.

Senator I thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.


Gregory Jones
Save The Hotel Pennsylvania Foundation

The City Review

A wonderful article written back in November of 2007, by Carter Horsley

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Penn Station Model

A scale model of Penn Station was created back in 2004. I am going to contact the museum that had the model on display to find out where it currently is. The model also has a scale Hotel Penn on the side. I am not sure of the detail put on the Hotel Penn part, I think it was put there to show the scale of Penn Station.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Election Year

Well the primaries are over, and we now know who will be running for office against the incumbent politicians. Running against Christine Quinn will be Yetta Kurland and Maria Passannante Derr. We will be closely watching both of these candidates. As you know Ms Quinn represents the districts that the Hotel Pennsylvania resides in. This is a crucial position to hold, and a key to the Hotel Pennsylvania getting the recognition that it deserves. If you want to assist us in contacting these candidates, Maria Passannante can be reached via her website and Yetta Kurland at

If you contact these candidates please send us a copy so we can publish it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Three French victims of a mysterious hotel fire

Back in late August we reported that a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania was set on fire. I came accross this article today which points out an interesting view. It has been translated from its original French language.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

CB5 Resolution, November 2007

Two years ago we went through the grueling process of rying to get the Hotel Pennsylvania land-marked, below is the resolution from the local community board (CB5), back from November 2007.

Hotel Pennsylvania designation.

WHEREAS, On Tuesday October 2, 2007, concerned members of the public appeared before Community Board Five at our Landmarks Committee meeting seeking support in the effort to designate as an individual landmark the building at 401 Seventh Avenue, located between West 32nd and West 33rd Streets, known as the Hotel Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, A subcommittee was formed in order to research and evaluate the history and worthiness of the building, and the potential to designate this as a historic landmark, so that this could be reported back to the committee at our meeting on Tuesday October 30, 2007; and

WHEREAS, In 1917, the prominent architectural firm of McKim Mead & White was commissioned to design and construct a hotel to accommodate the passengers of the Pennsylvania Railroad; and

WHEREAS, The firm of McKim Mead & White is credited as the creator of such renowned architecture as the Washington Square Arch (1889), the second Madison Square Garden, at Madison Square (1890), the Cable Building at 611 Broadway (1892), the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University (1893), the Bowery Savings Bank’s first headquarters (1893), the New York Herald Building (1894), the University Club (1899), the Pierpont Morgan Library (1903), the Manhattan Municipal Building (1909-1915), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1911), the James A. Farley Building – New York City’s General Post Office, (1912-1914) and New York’s Pennsylvania Station, constructed between 1904 through 1910; and

WHEREAS, Despite being known for its Beaux Arts architecture at the turn of the 20th century, the firm remained active into the 1960's, long after the founders had passed away, one of their last works being the design of the prominent National Museum of American History in Washington DC, which opened in 1964; and

WHEREAS, The chief designer of the hotel is the architect William Symmes Richardson, who also helped design the Pennsylvania Station, as well as the National City Bank Building in New York, the Girard Trust Company Building in Philadelphia and the Bank of Montreal, Canada. Mr. Richardson had joined the firm of McKim Mead & White in 1906, and remained a working architect until about 1925; and

WHEREAS, The renowned hotelier Ellsworth Statler – who was later named by the American Hotel Association as “Hotel Man of the Century” – was contracted to manage this property. When The Statler Hotel Pennsylvania opened its doors in 1919, it was considered to be the largest hotel in the world. The original hotel had 2,200 bathrooms, 3,537 beds and the world’s first “high rise” elevators. Statler remained involved with the hotel for many years and eventually purchased this altogether in 1949; and

WHEREAS, Through the 1930's and 1940's the hotel’s Café Rouge was considered to be one of the most popular nightclubs in New York. Among the big bands that performed here were Duke Ellington, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and most notably the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The hotel’s phone number, Pennsylvania 6-5000, is immortalized in their hit tune, and is New York’s longest continually used telephone number. It remains the same to this day; and

WHEREAS, After 1954, when the Statler Company merged into Hilton Hotel Corporation, the property has had several owners, and several names. Statler’s name remained on the hotel until 1983, when this was renamed The New York Penta Hotel. The original historic name Hotel Pennsylvania reappeared in the 1990's; and

WHEREAS, There has been restorative work performed to the hotel in the mid 1980's and at the early part of this century; and

WHEREAS, Hotel Pennsylvania is bounded on the west by Seventh Avenue and on the north and south by West 33rd Street and West 32nd Street respectively. The building was erected on a site measuring 200’ X 400’. There are 22 floors from street level to roof, including three levels in the penthouse. On the ground floor there are lobby entrances from West 32nd Street and West 33rd Streets to the lobby, and a ballroom entrance on West 33rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The base of the building is constructed of Indiana Limestone with Milford Pink Granite at the grade levels. Much of this has been painted over. The rusticated stone façade is punctuated by a series of pilasters, the predominant number of these having scrolled capitals. At the Seventh Avenue entrance to the hotel, there are six massive stone columns capped by an ornate stone balustrade; and

WHEREAS, In between the windows of the first two floors there are several Rosso Levanto Marble decorative spandrels, many of the third floor windows appear to be original, with ornamental metal framing, six paned over six, in matching pairs. Windows from the fourth floor and above are predominantly one over one, there is stone dentil course between floors three and four; and

WHEREAS, Above the fourth floor there is a pronounced setback in the overall structure. Rising from the limestone base, the majority of the building is constructed of tan colored brick. At West 32nd Street, the building forms four individual towers partially conjoined at the building’s center. These were constructed to maximize the exposure to sunlight and airflow. At West 33rd Street the two central towers are fully conjoined; and

WHEREAS, The façades above the 17th Floor are heavily ornamented in stone and terra cotta, including fluted pilasters and a massive ornamental limestone cornice. The penthouse structures above appear to be habitable space at the Seventh Avenue side of the building, and for mechanical usage at the east; and

WHEREAS, As it is today, boasting 1,700 hotel rooms and approximately 500,000 square feet, Hotel Pennsylvania is New York’s fourth largest hotel; and

WHEREAS, In 1998 Vornado Realty Trust entered into an agreement to increase its interest in the Hotel Pennsylvania from 40% to 80, and then in 1999, by acquiring Planet Hollywood International’s 20% interest in the hotel, Vornado owned this outright, and in connection with the 1999 transaction, Vornado also terminated the licensing agreement with Planet Hollywood for an Official All-Star Hotel; and

WHEREAS, Demolition plans have been announced for the hotel and a 2,500,000 square foot office tower will be built by 2011 on its site, a building of this size would have significantly more square footage than The Empire State Building, although this may not be as tall; and

WHEREAS, Upon evaluation of the information pertaining to the architecture and rich cultural history of the hotel, during Community Board Five’s October 30th Landmarks Committee meeting, the subcommittee voiced opinions both in favor and against designation; and

WHEREAS, After hearing opinions both in favor and against designation, the committee voted to recommend in favor; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five strongly RECOMMENDS DESIGNATION as an individual landmark, the building at 401 Seventh Avenue, known as the Hotel Pennsylvania.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 21 in favor; 8 opposed; 1 abstention, 2 present not entitled to vote.

Friday, September 4, 2009

You think "This will never happen", but then it does...

How many time did you just walk by a building and think to yourself, well nothing about it at all? Then one day you walk by and find, the building is gone! What happened? When did it get knocked down? Why? Well today's AM New York has an article on what the MTA has done to the east side of New York City.

Next time you walk by a building remember nothing lasts forever. NYC is forever changing, how soon before there is nothing left?

Here is a reference to an older NY Newsday article about endangered NY. Funny how history repeats itself.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Letter to Christine Quinn

Well, we sent the letter to Christine Quinn, now we see what happens. (Chances are that nothing will happen, being that it is an election year all polititions are fearing for thier jobs right now.)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Spread The Word!

Spread the word around about this site, and the proposed demolition of Hotel Pennsylvania. We need all the help we can get!

As you may know the Historic Hotel Pennsylvania is slated to be demolished by the current owners Vornado Realty Trust. Now some of you may say it deserves to be knocked down, but we don't. We feel it should be saved and restored to its original beauty.

The local community board for the are (CB5) said it should be saved, the HDC said it should be saved, the community said it should be save, so why doesn't the city want to save it? Easy, money and greed. Stop the greed, help us to help the hotel, write to city and tell them that you want the Hotel Pennsylvania saved.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Christine Quinn

Well, we finally got around to drafting a letter to New York City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn. We are asking her to block the re-zoning application and push the LPC to pass the landmark request for the Hotel Pennsylvania. If you would like to contribute to the letter please post your comments and let us know.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Well we made it on to Facebook too! Come join us on Facebook. Or follow us on Twitter. Either way join us, and share your thoughts on the Hotel.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Photo Collection

Please take a look at all of the photographs of Hotel Pennsylvania, and photographs of dinnerware and other items that used to be in Hotel Pennsylvania. Dinnerware photographs courtesy of Steven Lepore


We made it on to twitter today, come join us and tell us what you think!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Time is running out!

Time is running out people, we need your help! As you know it's an election year for our favorite politicians, including the man himself, Mike Bloomberg. He is the one who has the ultimate power over the City Counsel and the LPC.

We urge you if you are a citizen of NYC, and care about the fate of your neighborhood, then please contact your local Assemblymen, Congressmen, Senator, and Borough President, and ask them to aid us in our cause to landmark the Hotel Pennsylvania. This is a cause that effects everyone who lives in any developed area. We can not stand by and let Vornado tear down this Hotel. It's a matter of principal, we can not let big development companies dictate to us what is acceptable and what is not.

Should we simply just let them knock down the hotel? "Well why not?" you may ask, "It will create jobs, and boost the city's economy." Will it? What happens to the hundreds of people that currently work there? Is Vornado going to give them new jobs? I think not. Do you honestly think they care about the people who work there?

Remember people, this is everyone's fight.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Youtube Channel

Ok we finally got around to creating a channel on Youtube. Now we just need to get some videos uploaded. If anyone has any videos of the Hotel Pennsylvania, please let us know at We will contact you with an place where you can upload them. Thanks again to everyone.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fire at Hotel Pennsylvania

On Monday, a fire broke out in room 703 of the Hotel Pennsylvania, the cause of is (as far as I know) still under inventigation. You can check out the video here. This makes the second fire in less then a year. Te last time was back on October 3, 2008 whena fire broke out in a laundry closet on the 8th floor.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

National Trust for Historic Preservation

We managed to find out from one of our followers contact information for a preservation group, after contacting them we received this response:

Dear Preservationist:

Thank you for contacting the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Please accept my apologies for this late response. We receive a high volume of information requests, and we are just able to respond to you now.

Because we receive such a high volume of information requests, we have developed a standard reply and information sheet to help answer your questions. While not all of the information below will be relevant, much of the information in this reply will get you started on saving this historic hotel.

If you haven’t already, your first step is to contact New York’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Statewide Preservation Partner to alert them to the threat to this historic property and to find out what assistance is available at the state and local level to preserve the site. Please use this link to find the contact information for the SHPO and Statewide organization in New York:

The National Trust’s Preservation Books offers several publications which will be helpful to you, including “Buying Time for Heritage: How to Save an Endangered Historic Property,” “Rescuing Historic Resources: How to Respond to a Preservation Emergency” and “Threatened Treasures: Creating Lists of Endangered Sites.” In addition, there are publications specific to saving historic schools, railroad depots, barns, religious properties, bridges, and theaters. We also offer publications which will help you make the case for the economic benefit of preservation, including our “Dollars & Sense” reports on the economic and fiscal impacts of historic preservation in states such as Virginia, and in communities such as Galveston, Denver, Knoxville, and Philadelphia. Please use this link to access our Preservation Books.

For more help with making your case in favor of preservation, please visit the advocacy section of our website using this link:

Please visit our website at this link,, for Frequently Asked Questions on the topic of “How to Preserve a Historic Building.” This information offers a comprehensive guide to preserving a historic property, and it includes a list of helpful preservation resources. It also includes information on listing historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

You might consider nominating this site to the National Trust’s annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. For more information, link here: In addition, many statewide and local preservation groups also put together annual endangered lists. Check with your state and local organizations to see how to nominate this site to their lists; for their contact information, see the link above.

Your question may have involved listing an historic building on the National Register, finding out if it is on the National Register, or information on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. You can find this information at the following websites: and or by calling your SHPO. You should always contact your SHPO before you begin the National Register nomination process.

After you have read this information and have contacted your SHPO and Statewide organization, you might want to follow up with the National Trust’s Northeast Regional Office, which handles New York. Please use this link for the contact information for that office: When you follow up with our Regional Office staff, please make sure you include any information that you have obtained about the status of the site from the city, SHPO and statewide organizations.

I’m not sure if you are already a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you are, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your support. If you aren’t, I hope you will consider joining. Members of the National Trust receive our award-winning magazinePreservation. In addition, members receive free or discounted admission to our historic house museums in the United States. With your dues, you will participate in a nationwide undertaking to save the best of America's past. To see preservation work the National Trust is undertaking in your state, please link here to read your regional office's newsletter: Please visit to join the National Trust.

Thank you for your interest in preservation!


Lee Lampos

Lee David Lampos Program Assistant, Information Center, Membership Development

National Trust for Historic Preservation 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,Washington DC 20036

Phone: 202.588.6131 Fax: 202.588.6085 Email:

The National Trust for Historic Preservation helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them. Become our newest member today! Learn more at

Save The Hotel Pennsylvania Blog

Welcome! Welcome to the new home of the "Save The Hotel Pennsylvania" project. I' finally got around to put up a site, where people could leave us feed back, and post their comments on not only the project, but what they think of the hotel as well.

Each day we will attempt to make sure that news of some sort pertaining to the hotel, or our efforts to preserve it. Keep checking back!