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The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel: Big Bands, Big Plans

The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

The historic Wyndham New Yorker Hotel is reminiscing. Recently the hotel uncovered live recordings from the 1930s by many of the big bands that played in the Terrace Room. As the iconic midtown property begins a new chapter in its history to become one of New York City’s largest hotels once again, it is steadfast on remaining true to its roots.

Originally the New Yorker Hotel, now the rebranded Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, opened its doors in 1930 with 2,500 hotel rooms, placing it as one of New York’s largest hotels. Throughout the years, big bands performed and broadcasted live from its Terrace Room with acts such as Bennie Goodman, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Sammy Kaye. The Terrace Room played a major part in the hotel’s history; its popularity went well outside city limits, broadcasting live into millions of American homes four nights each week. Shows were even broadcast live on ships at sea and soldiers in the field by the American Forces Network. This was the beginning of more than 80 years of broadcasting from the hotel. History lives on with the hotel’s recent recording discoveries which are available at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel’s archival room.

Recently the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel announced a five-year multi-million dollar renovation to modernize the property which is currently underway and will eventually take the hotel close to 1,350 hotel rooms. The first-phase of the renovation welcomed a revived lobby, revamp of the exterior, 114 guestrooms (with additional rooms slated for 2015 and 2016), and renovations to the Grand Ballroom and meeting rooms. The second phase scheduled to b begin in early 2015, will unveil a new dining venue – a wine bar that will be located on the lower level of the hotel and will offer guests a speakeasy feel. The objective of the new look and renovation is to reposition the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as one of the city’s largest hotels and leaders within the corporate and social function spaces.

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