Hotel Metropole (New York City)

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The Hotel Metropole was the first hotel in New York City that had running water in every room. Located at 147 West 43rd Street just off Times Square, the hotel, now known as the Casablanca Hotel Times Square, had a list of notable residents including Nick Arnstein and Western lawman turned sports writer Bat Masterson.

In the early morning hours of July 16, 1912 the hotel was the site of the murder of Herman Rosenthal.[1] Rosenthal was the owner of several New York gambling dens. This murder was allegedly at the behest of Charles Becker, a New York police detective who was executed in 1915 for that murder.

James Thurber wrote an article about this called "Two O'Clock at the Metropole," published in "Thurber on Crime," edited by Robert Lopresti, 1991.

The Metropole's reputation for attracting gamblers is referenced in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. It appears in the dialogue as location of a restaurant favored by Meyer Wolfsheim.

The Hotel Metropole later became the Hotel Rosoff, and is now the Casablanca Hotel.

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  1. ^ "Gambler Who Defied Police Is Shot Dead. Rosenthal Killed in Front of the Hotel Metropole Early This Morning". New York Times. July 16, 1912. Retrieved August 23, 2011. Half a dozen men loitered in front of the Hotel Metropole in Forty-third Street close to Times Square shortly before 2 o'clock this morning, as persons frequently loiter in that neighborhood, attracting no attention from the few persons who passed through the street or such policemen as were in the neighborhood. ...

Coordinates: 40°45′23″N 73°59′08″W / 40.7563°N 73.9855°W / 40.7563; -73.9855