FIFTH AVENUE BUILDING.

A magnificent area, with the Flatiron to the south and the Met Life across the street. This one is rather undistinguished outside – well, inside, too. It’s the home of many of the nation’s toy distributors; the yearly convention happened here for years, with many underemployed actors in costumes milling around outside, handing out brochures. There’s a closed-off subway stop in the basement, which is very cool.

The building replaced a much smaller hotel, which was once the finest in the city – aren’t they all, for about ten minutes? It was the first hotel in NYC with elevators.