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Hotel Kid: A Times Square Childhood
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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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.
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