By Terry Trucco
The Gregory, the Garment District’s newest hotel, boasts a book-lined lobby with sky-high ceilings, an inviting bar that does daytime duty as a coffee bar and 132 black and white guest rooms.
But its most winning asset is the glamorous history embedded in its freshly painted bones. The hotel, standing mid-block between Fifth and Sixth avenues on 35th Street, opened in 1903, just a year after The Algonquin. Called The Gregorian, a wink at co-owner C.F. Gregory, a Syracuse hotelier, the hotel was “elaborately decorated, especially the restaurant and reception rooms on the ground floor,” The New York Tribune proclaimed. Hotel bait, in other words, for guests looking for a less overwhelming (and less expensive) alternative to the bustling society behemoth situated on Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, aka the Waldorf-Astoria in the pre-Empire State Building days. (more…)