10. Park Lane Hotel – 1971

Park Lane Hotel designed by Emery Roth and Sons
Courtesy of the Roth Family Archives

In a talk about the hotels of Emery Roth and the family firm, Richard Roth Jr. told Untapped New York Insiders that Harry Helmsley wanted an apartment in New York City with unobstructed views of Central Park. This desire led to the creation of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, now simply called the Park Lane Hotel, at 36 Central Park South.

The hotel was threatened by redevelopment in 2014 prompting the formation of a Save Park Lane Hotel campaign. Though the building has still not been landmarked, it also hasn’t succumbed to redevelopment. In fact, the hotel recently underwent an extensive interior renovation, reopening in 2021 with designs by the international studio Yabu Pushelberg. With the fresh new look comes fresh new restaurants and a rooftop bar with stunning park views.

Richard Roth Jr. stands in front of a background of the NYC skyline

Remembering Richard Roth Jr.

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