Millenium Hilton

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Millenium Hilton
Millenium Hilton July 2009.jpg
The Millenium Hilton as viewed from street level.
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Location 55 Church Street, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′40″N 74°0′37″W / 40.71111°N 74.01028°W / 40.71111; -74.01028Coordinates: 40°42′40″N 74°0′37″W / 40.71111°N 74.01028°W / 40.71111; -74.01028
Construction started 1990
Completed 1992
Opening September 1992
Cost $200million (resold for $75m in 1995)[1]
Owner Hilton Worldwide
Height
Roof 179.23 m (588 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 56
Lifts/elevators 9
Design and construction
Architect Eli Attia
Developer Peter Kalikow
References
[3]

The Millenium Hilton is a Hilton hotel in Lower Manhattan, New York City, located at the southeast corner of Fulton Street and Church Street. The hotel is adjacent to the World Trade Center site, where the new World Trade Center complex is being built.

The hotel's builder chose to intentionally misspell the name with one "n" as "Millenium" on the outdoor signage and official literature, even though the correct spelling of the English word is "millennium", in order to make the name more distinctive.[4] The building is 54 stories tall,(2 floors underground) with 52 usable floors devoted to hotel space with a total of 471 guest rooms and 98 suites.[5] There are three elevator banks in total, the two public banks of three cars each serving floors L-30, and 30-55, and a single service bank consisting of three freight cars.

History[edit]

Entrance to the Millenium Hilton

The hotel was developed by Peter Kalikow at a cost of $200 million and opened in September 1992.[6] Soon after opening the hotel, Kalikow went into bankruptcy and was forced to sell the hotel. It was bought in June 1994 by CDL Hotels from Kalikow Fulton Church Realty for $75 million.[7] At that time, Hilton began managing the property.[8]

The hotel is considered a "cousin" to the Millennium Broadway and Millennium UN Plaza hotels but its management is under the control of Hilton Hotels Corporation with oversight by Millennium Hotels, North America.

September 11, 2001 attacks[edit]

Image of the World Trade Center site, facing the Millenium Hotel (the farthest left of the orange mesh covered buildings), 17 days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

The building suffered extensive damage from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was completely refurbished and reopened in May 2003. Doug Eisler witnessed the second plane hit the towers from his 50th floor room. He described it by saying, "It had the nose down; it was hauling ass." (as seen from the History Channel 9/11 special).[citation needed]

The American flag which hung outside the building on 9/11 was recovered by hotel workers and is now on display in the lobby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rashiwala, Kalpana (January 10, 1995). "CDL to take control of Trump's Plaza Hotel". The Straits Times (Singapore). 
  2. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/the-millenium-hilton-new-york-city-ny-usa
  3. ^ Millenium Hilton at Emporis
  4. ^ http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2000/12/40491
  5. ^ "Hilton Downtown New York Hotel - Millenium Hilton". Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  6. ^ Henry, David (October 7, 1994). "New luxury hotels have enriched the city, but not their developers". Newsday. 
  7. ^ Rashiwala, Kalpana (January 10, 1995). "CDL to take control of Trump's Plaza Hotel". The Straits Times (Singapore). 
  8. ^ "Hilton Hotels names top hotelier to manage Millenium Hilton in New York". Business Wire. June 15, 1994. 

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