Hotel Piccadilly Times Square Scandia restaurant NY


Hotel Piccadilly Times Square Scandia restaurant NY

  • New York hotels go in and out of style just like clubs and bars, and once they outlive their usefulness, the get a date with the wrecking ball.

    That’s the story of the Hotel Piccadilly. Its era as a hot place to book a room or meet for a drink was from the 1930s to the 1950s.

    With about 700 rooms on West 45th Street, it was in the heart of the Theater District. “Smartly located in the center of everything” was its very midcentury-sounding slogan.

    The Piccadilly also had the Piccadilly Circus Lounge, “gaily colorful spot in the thick of theaterdom patronized by show folk and show goers,” states a 1949 restaurant guide, Knife and Fork in New York.

    It’s no surprise, of course, that when Times Square and midtown west went downhill, so did nearby hotels like the Piccadilly.

    In 1982, it was torn down—and the Marriott Marquis built on its old site.

  • “At Your Service in New York City/600 Rooms all with private bath and radio/Television available/ From $4.50 Single From $7.00 Double/ Home of the Famous Piccadilly Circus Lounge,” reads a 1953 tourist brochure for the Piccadilly Hotel.

    Named after London’s Piccadilly Street, the hey-day of New York’s Hotel Piccadilly was in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. The hotel was in the heart of the Theater District, “smartly located in the center of everything” as its mid-century slogan went. A hot spot for theater folk and show goers, the Piccadilly Circus Lounge was a “gaily colorful spot in the thick of theaterdom,” according to the 1949 restaurant guide Knife and Fork.

    The Theater District experienced a decline in the 1960s and ‘70s that greatly affected the Hotel Piccadilly. The area around Times Square was no longer the ritzy, exciting area it had once been and came to be considered seedy and run-down. The Hotel Piccadilly was not the only casualty of this neighborhood decline. Many other hotels and restaurants were forced to close their doors as tourists simply did not want to stay in Times Square anymore. In 1982, the Hotel Piccadilly was slated to be torn down.

    Before the hotel’s date with the wrecking ball, a mold manufacturer from Detroit named Joseph Bianco paid $40,000 for the hotel’s crystal-chandeliered Georgian Ballroom, dating from 1928. Five workmen were sent to dismantle the entire ballroom, including sixteen still-lifes and eight Victorian-style portraits painted on the room’s pine paneling. These pieces were then shipped to Detroit and rebuilt for their new owner.

    The site where the Hotel Piccadilly once stood is currently the Marriott Marquis

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