540 Park Avenue and 61st Street. “That’s a nice address!” I’m told by a lady sitting next to me in the airport waiting area. As a first timer to New York, I wasn’t to know how true her statement would prove to be. She couldn’t have been more correct. It is a great address and, in a city like New York where cross streets determine everything, its location couldn’t be better. With Central Park acting as its back yard and a mere 5 minutes walk from Grand Army Plaza with its Plaza Hotel – indeed “close to the buzz, above the fray” as promised – it’s the perfect initiation into the archetypal Big Apple experience.
“The hotel first opened in 1963 and was built by Robert ‘Bob’ and Lawrence ‘Larry’ Tisch,” recounts Jim McPartlin, the hotel’s Managing Director, “[It] originally opened as The Summit and was an instant success for the New York social set.”