By Terry Trucco
North by Northwest, one of my favorite movies, was on television recently. Which got me thinking about the United Nations General Assembly Building, a magnificent international style classic just seven year old when the movie was released in 1959. Which got me thinking about the Millenium UN Plaza, the once-gleaming, twin-towered hotel designed by architect Kevin Roche and planted across the street from the United Nations in 1976.
The 40-story hotel looked shopworn when I visited a while back. But that was then. Last fall the hotel unveiled the $30 million renovation of its West Tower consisting of 129 rooms, 25 suites and a new club for guests perched on the 30th floor.
To underscore the changes, the hotel slimmed down – and capped up — its name to become ONE UN New York, a less-corporate-sounding nod to its One UN Plaza address. I stopped by for a look. (more…)