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Thread: The Ansonia Hotel - 2109 Broadway @ West 73rd Street - by Paul E. M. Duboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianac View Post
    I wonder if this thread could be combined with the thread named Ansonia Building.
    Merged.

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    ^^^

    Thank you.

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    Another good read about the Ansonia.

    http://nymag.com/nymetro/realestate/features/1871/


    Verdi and The Ansonia in April 2005.


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    “We do have artists here, like Afgani Kissan, the Russian pianist, who’s lived here for six years."

    I think the writer of this article meant "Evgeny Kissin." There's no such Russian pianist named "Afgani Kissan."

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    Another mistake from the same article "Inside the Ansonia" (The Cooperator By Mary K. Fons September 2005): I was very surprised that the square footage of the entire building was stated as 50,000 sq ft. But after reading the article from New York magazine, 550,000 sounds reasonable. Maybe it's not such a big mistake, but it is enough to make me wonder what the editor of "The Cooperator" is thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oehlenschläger View Post

    “We do have artists here, like Afgani Kissan ..."

    I think the writer of this article meant "Evgeny Kissin."
    Afgani <> Evgeny

    Damned SpellCheck function

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Afgani <> Evgeny

    Damned SpellCheck function
    Hi lofter1 -

    Thank you for posting the article!

    I hope I didn't sound annoyingly critical, pointing out mistakes (when I wrote "editor," I wasn't referring to you, of course. But you probably knew that.)

    It's a good article & I enjoyed reading it.

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    I took no personal offense what so ever ...

    I do think that "Afgani" is the result of the computer's spellcheck.

    Machines have one-track minds They don't like things going off topic any mroe than (some) mods do

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Machines have one-track minds.
    Another example: http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=18384

    (Or in this case, maybe it's the machine's owners.)

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    LOL ^

    Exactly!

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    lol! That would certainly be a good last name for someone looking for attention. Very memorable.

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    I think this building is just stunningly beautiful. Everytime I am by the area I make sure I stop by to take a gander.

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    This hotel is wonderful and beautiful in so many ways. I had a general idea of what the Ansonia looked like when I went to NYC in March, but as we drove down Broadway and saw it, I think everyone's face on the bus was:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider View Post
    I think the Ansonia also hosted the gay Continental Baths in its basement (where Bette Midler famously started her singing career). It later became the straight/swinger Plato's Retreat and was finally closed by the city in response to the AIDS crisis.
    Bette Midler and Barry Manilow at the Continental Baths.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ydCudZ...eature=related

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Hwlo...eature=related

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    WHEN THE ANSONIA WAS PLATO’S RETREAT

    THIS BEAUX ART BUILDING HAS SEEN IT ALL

    By Sheila McClear

    March 26, 2009

    If The Ansonia were an opera performer—and the building’s long-term residents include many opera and musical folk due to its proximity to Broadway—she would be an old grand dame, her caked-on makeup concealing wrinkles, aches and pains—the toll that drama has taken over the years. The building is rumored to be haunted by ghosts, and it definitely is—at least by the corporeal kind.

    An 18-story former grand residential hotel on 74th and Broadway, The Ansonia has stopped millions in their tracks. The stately turreted and gargoyled structure was built in 1904 and features an ornate Beaux Art wedding-cake facade topped with porthole windows and a mansard roof. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.


    The old entrance to Plato's Retreat is now Ansonia Cleaners. Photo by: Andrew Schwartz

    And they certainly don’t make tenants like they used to, either. Plato’s Retreat, the sex club for swinging heterosexual couples that previously operated out of The Ansonia’s basement, is the subject of the new documentary American Swing, opening March 27 at the Quad Cinema.

    Plato’s was an Ansonia tenant from September 1977 until December 1980, when the club’s owners were paid a million dollars by management to please, please, leave. It’s just another weird thing on the list of weird things that have occurred in the castle-like building at 2109 Broadway


    A view of the famous mattress room, from the film American Swing. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

    COMPLETE Article.

    © 2009 Manhattan Media

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