CitySketch – Essex House



Construction on the Essex House on Central Park South began one day after the stock market crash of 1929 that began the Great Depression. Two years later the hotel opened but since luxury hotels don’t exactly thrive during severe economic downturns, it was only open for a year before the government’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation took it over.

Since then, it has been owned by the Sterling National Bank, Marriott Hotels, Japan Air Lines, The Dubai Investment Group, and its current owners, the Anbang Insurance Group of Beijing. A room with a view of Central Park will run you about $800/night.

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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