Talk:Hotel Metropole (New York City)
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The Metropole Hotel and its attendant cafe graced two locations in its existence, both near Times Square. The article references one famous habitué, Bat Masterson, who frequented the hotel when it was at its original location, occupying the block bounded by Broadway and 7th Avenue, east and west, and 42nd and 41st Street, north and south. The property had been acquired by the Considine brothers George, James and John Considine in 1901, with backing from Timothy Sullivan and Tammany Hall, and attracted a Runyonesque clientele from theatrical, vaudeville, boxing and sporting circles. The Considine brothers moved the hotel north to 147-151 West 43rd St to a new six story building in 1910. The old mansard-roofed structure and attendant cafe was razed to make way for the Heidelberg Building and later Times Square Tower. The notorious murder of Herman Rosenthal took place at the Metropole's café on July 16, 1912, and which soon toppled the career of New York City Police Lieutenant Charles Becker, who allegedly was running police extortion and protection rackets, and who was convicted of ordering Rosenthal's gangland execution (Recent authors Andy Logan - Against the Evidence, and Mike Dash Satan's Circus, raise issues with this conviction). The hotel is still extant, now known as the Casablanca Hotel, Times Square. See:
- The Lost Metropole Hotel -- Broadway and 42nd Street (Daytonian in Manhattan Blog, 21 December 2015)
- Murder at the Metropole (Infamous New York - 31 May, 2016)
- 100 Years After a Murder, Questions About a Police Officer’s Guilt (Sam Roberts, New York Times City Room)