Hotel Lexington, New York 1938
The Lexington Hotel opened in 1929 as the Hotel Lexington, at the height of the Manhattan midtown hotel boom, 1920s to the 1930s. The hotel opened with a promise by General J. Leslie Kincaid, president of the American Hotel Corporation, to provide a thoroughly modern house of refined atmosphere and exceptional service – without the annoyance and confusion that is often experienced in hotels catering to large assemblages.
The Hotel Lexington was home to many famous restaurants, nightspots and celebrities, including: Joe DiMaggio, baseball legend, who resided at the hotel between 1957 and 1962, while he was affiliated with the Monette Company. Marilyn Monroe lived here with DiMaggio during their brief marriage in Suite #1806. Dorothy Lamour, Hollywood celebrity
The hotel evolved and in the 1930s the “Hawaiian Room” opened in what is now "LQ". The Hawaiian Room was identified with entertainer Arthur Godfrey. Godfrey broadcast his radio show live from the Hawaiian Room. The hotel contained other venues such as the "Paul Revere Tavern," "Denim & Diamonds," "Chateau Madrid," and the "Playboy’s Empire Club" (bunnies with male counterparts called “Rabbits”) - in the 1980s.
Courtesy Private Collection.
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