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Hotel Kid: A Times Square Childhood

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A Manhattan landmark for fifty years, the Taft in its heyday in the 1930s and '40s was the largest hotel in midtown, famed for the big band in its basement restaurant and the view of Times Square from its towers. As the son of the general manager, Stephen Lewis grew up in this legendary hotel, living with his parents and younger brother in a suite overlooking the Roxy Thea ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Paul Dry Books (first published 2002)
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Althea
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a charming book about growing up in a hotel in Times Square; but it is also a nostalgic look at the changing times from the 40's and 50's until today.
Loretta
A memoir. A Mildly entertaining story told by one of the children, a son, about a family living in a hotel back in the 1930's. The father was the general manager and his family lived in one of the large hotel suites, enjoying free meals and service from the employees during the depression. As times changed so did the way hotels were run.
Marie
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lyrical and sentimental memoir of growing up in Manhattan's Taft Hotel. I stayed there once.. early 80s..at the near end.. after the Hotel Abbey Victoria (across 51st Street) was demolished... It had a very Holden Caulfield feel.. I have pictures somewhere
Evan
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
A charming collection of NYC Times Square stories from inside a hotelier's family. Well worth reading for those of us that also have enjoyed the new York observations of Patrick Dennis, Dorothy Parker and Eloise!
Kristin
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I'm pretty sure I read this...
Marilyn
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
A charming memoir of a childhood lived in a hotel--imagine room service for every meal and playing in the elevators or running down the long halls!
Thom
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those that know the area, it is fun to hear about the history of Times Square from someone who lived there through much of it.
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