Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The former Hotel Theresa in Harlem

Also known as the "Waldorf Astoria of Harlem", the Hotel Theresa, situated at the intersection of 7th Avenue and West 125th Street, is a NYC landmark and an important place for the black community history. 

The place opened in 1913, but until 1940, it was only accepting white guests plus a few black celebrities. 

Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix are among the several famous people who stayed there. Fidel Castro was also a guest of the hotel while he was visiting for the first time the United Nations in New York after coming to power in Cuba. 

The hotel, that we see from the back in this picture, closed in 1967. After remaining vacant for four years, the building was converted to office space in 1971 and now goes by the name Theresa Towers.

If you are interesting in learning more about the Hotel Theresa, I suggest you read this interesting article of the New York Time.

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