image from Jim in Times Square
|image from Plan 59|
|images from Host of the Highways; more HoJos here|
Note the Trylon and Perisphere of the 1939-40 World's Fair in the background
|Photographs of demolition, March, 1974 by Jeffrey Morris|
The three dining rooms are so restfull (sic) and so attractive that at first we miss some of the details which go to make their perfection ... the thick soft carpets ... the glittering chandeliers ... the blue green Venetian blinds, the maroon leather upholstery ... the restrained use of color in walls and draperies ... the charm of a light-fountain playing in the Empire Room.I'm sure it must have lost some of its luster by the time I went. Sadly, I dont have much of a memory of the building beyond the vague notion that it was big and nice and I liked it. I do remember the peppermint stick ice cream pretty well, though: gooey bits of candy cane leaving red spots as they "melted" in a pale pink ice cream suspension.
In another incidence of aesthetic tragedy so common in the borough of Queens, this is what replaced the Howard Johnsons.