Pennsylvania Six Five Oh Oh OH!
July 28, 2014 7:16 AM Subscribe
The oldest still-working telephone number in New York City is at least 80 years old.
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And you've probably heard of it: Pennsylvania 6-5000
. It's the number of the Pennsylvania Hotel. Built in 1919 as a grand luxury destination
, it has inspired a movie
and a Bugs Bunny cartoon
, Dada artwork
, and of course became immortalized in song.
With music written by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman, here's Glenn Miller's famous rendition
. Here's The Andrews Sisters
. Judy Garland and Martha Raye
. Brian Setzer
. And because no Metafilter post is complete without Muppets, here's Bobby Benson's Baby Band
tipped their hat to it, too.
Developers bought the historic hotel, planning to tear it down and build 15 Penn Plaza
, a skyscraper just 34 feet shorter than the Empire State Building - and to reopen the subway transfer tunnel
connecting Penn Station and Herald Square. Preservationists rallied at the last moment, but no one seemed to care
and they failed to achieve Landmark Protection status. But the economy soured and the plan fell apart, and now the developer says they plan to refurbish the hotel after all
Is this good news or bad? On the one hand, the Hotel Pennsylvania has long been the official hotel of the Westminster Dog Show
across the street at Madison Square Garden, hosting between 600-800 dogs over Westminster weekend. On the other hand, it's pretty generally accepted to be a dump
. As Dave Barry described it, "the walls, ceiling and floor appeared to be made of compressed grime."
And okay, it's on the bedbug registry
. But it sure was nice in its heyday
(Previously on AskMetafilter: Is this really the worst hotel in NYC or is this all just hyperbole?