I thought this article published in 2005 about the hotel was rather amusing.
Hotel Carter: "Don't Get Killed Mugged or Infected"
Published: November 21, 2005
The NY Times recently visited Hotel Carter one of our favorite Times Square "budget hotels", and we use that term very loosely.In the rooms upstairs, tales of lodging woe unfolded. One guest said his television played the sound from one channel but showed the picture from another. A couple in Room 500 said they were surprised to discover that they did not have a closet. And a businesswoman from Ukraine on the 23rd floor found that she liked her room better in the dark. "If the curtains close, light is off, it's not that bad," she said.
It is not all bad news:The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted an inspection for rodents in July and found no cause for action, according to the report.Furthermore, the lobby is a noted people watcher's paradise--it takes all kinds. However, our best review of Hotel Carter will always be this:Didn't get killed, mugged or infected!!We appreciate this tipsters forbearance and lack of expectations.
Wasn't the Hotel Carter in The Catcher in the Rye?
I doubt it. The hotel was originally called the Hotel Dixie... I think the name change to the Hotel Carter took place in the late 1970's. The Hotel Dixie was featured in an old Renee Taylor-Joe Bologna routine.
(God, do I feel old)
My friend and I used to go there to pick up foreign tourists. There were many Essex girls who were looking for a fun time.
And no doubt wanted someplace nicer to sleep ...
Hoping you were good enough to accomodate them
I was stationed at the old Brooklyn Navy Yard back in 1959, and I used to stay there on some weekends if I didn't feel like making trips back and forth. I don't remember what the rates were, but they couldn't have been too much, because I only made $83.00 a month as a seaman apprentice. Anyway it WAS a nice clean place. The plantation bar next door was a decent place too. Hard to believe it's been 51 years.
You can tell when it was new it must have been decent.
Did it have air conditioning?
I don't remember about the air-conditioning, like I said, I stayed there 50+ years ago. Besides, I was stationed there in the winter, so I wasn't concerned about a/c.
I stayed there once in the early eighties...
No there was no air conditioning (or tv, phone, not even a bible).
The place was full of African street vendors dragging their burlap bags
of merchandise up and down the stairs... the elevator
was not working.
I remember throwing a plastic painters
tarp over the bed before I slept on it-
The place was that disgusting- but dirt cheap for NY
Did it have the trannie bar back then?