By Terry Trucco
Here’s a snapshot of New York, ca 1962: John F. Kennedy is POTUS. The Cuban Missile Crisis revs up the Cold War. The first James Bond movie makes a splashy debut. The average annual income is $5,556.
And the Americana Hotel opens in a gleaming 51-story concrete tower designed by Morris Lapidus.
Historic hotels aren’t exactly a rarity in New York, even if oldies like the Algonquin (1902), the Plaza (1907) and the Waldorf=Astoria (1930) grab most of the attention. Still, it’s hard to argue that 1962 was yesterday.
“The hotel was built with the idea it would play a significant role in the New York World’s Fair of 1964,” says Mark Sanders, General Manager of the Sheraton New York Hotel, long-time occupant of the impossible-to-miss building that’s celebrating its 50th birthday with a special deal September 1 (more on that later). (more…)