There’s a Big Apple show this week at the Penn Plaza Pavilion. It’s a Fan Appreciation Show with FREE ADMISSION to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversay. Guests include Soupy Sales, Larry Storch and even some comickers like Alex Maleev.
However, the future of this show may be in doubt, as apparently, the Pennsylvania Hotel is to face the wrecker’s ball at sometime in the next few years.
The New York City hotel that inspired the song “Pennsylvania 6-5000” will be torn down for a 2.5 million-square-foot office tower. One of McKim, Mead & White’s later designs, the 22-story Hotel Pennsylvania was one of the largest hotels in the world when it opened in 1919 with 2,200 rooms. It was built across the street from the firm’s Pennsylvania Station, which was torn down in 1963 for Madison Square Garden. The Hotel Pennsylvania’s ballroom was a big band hotspot for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and
Glenn Miller, who made it famous in his 1940 jingle.
Owner Vornado Realty Trust, based in Paramus, N.J., intends to build an office tower with a trading floor in place of the 1,700-room hotel, which is not a city landmark.
While the Pennsylvania Hotel is way past its prime — we heard nothing but horror stories from some comics pals of ours who stayed there last month — this still brings a tear to our eye. First off, one can only imagine the New York in which the once-respondent hotel faced across the street from the grand and glorious original Penn Station. (It was the destruction of this landmark – an event which still makes us choke up– which spurred the movement towards building preservation in NYC.)
Then, over the years the Hotel Penn was the scene of many many conventions, Seuling, Creation, you name it, as it went down is prestige a bit and became a place for fans of many stripes to congregate over cardboard boxes.
As the article says, the battle for the Pennsylvania Hotel was lost many years ago, but we intend to spend some time there before it goes, and we might just start this weekend.
[Link via Boing Boing]