While re-watching 500 Days of Summer recently, I found myself wondering…
What are my favorite buildings in Manhattan?
The lovesick architect Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was able to find inspiration in Los Angeles. I live in New York City, home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world. What speaks to me?
The Lucerne Hotel
When I was looking for my first apartment in the city back in 2006, this Upper West Side building immediately caught my eye. The realtor had made an appointment for me at a nondescript high-rise across the street; I just wanted to talk about this beautifully ornate structure.
I soon learned it was a boutique hotel with a decidedly European influence — a French restaurant occupies the entire ground floor — and that had it just undergone a major renovation.
But at the turn-of-the-century, The Lucerne was a residence hotel. Eugene O’Neill is one of its more storied occupants. I’m sure it was less grand back then, but the man knew his architecture.
I wish the darn thing would go co-op now!
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