Friday, June 21, 2013

The "Flagship" of Holiday Inns

This Holiday Inn on 57th St. in New York City is advertised as the "flagship" of Holiday Inns, but I'm not sure why.  Sure, it's got a lot of rooms, and it's in the biggest city where "The World's Innkeeper" has inns, but I don't think it was that awesome.

I'm including the card as a tip 'o the hat to a best friend from high school, with whom I made a trip to NYC for the first time in 1980.  We had a great time, leaving on a 3:00am Greyhound bus from Portland, ME, for the long weekend.  After a few years, we drifted apart, but managed to reconnect last weekend for dinner after about 30 years.  Somewhat disappointed in ourselves for letting so much time slip by, I think we'll keep in better touch now!

It's still there today as a Holiday Inn, and the buildings that were there on either side are still there, although they didn't show up in the idealized postcard illustration above!


VioletSky said...

It's a shame the old sign is gone.
I stayed here on my last visit to NYC. Had a fantastic view, but it came with a price: exceptionally slow, small elevators!

Grace Bailhache said...

Hello Max,

I miss this Holiday Inn in New york. This is really strange, no one of the french magazine I read before my travel even mentionned him, what a pity.

It's a touching story… after 30 years, I really hope you will stay in touch.


Beth Niquette said...

This is a lovely post. I have only been to NYC twice, a year after the towers fell.

It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I was amazed at the progress they'd made cleaning things up by one year's time.

I would love to visit there again.

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!