While it’s a nifty thing that I can see the top of the Empire State Building from the bed in my hotel room, the building below it in the photo above is actually pretty noteworthy in its own right. Today it’s an expensive 40-unit co-op called the Gilsey House but according to Google it opened its doors in 1872 as a 300-room hotel. Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde stayed there. Also, it was the first hotel in New York City to offer telephone use to its guests.
As I lie here attempting to fall asleep amid the noise and the haste of this great city I can’t help but feel a bit tickled at the thought that some years ago writers whose words I admire very much may have been doing the same thing on the other side of one of those windows just across the street.