27 Apr A Manhattan Hotel Is Made Over, and a Reporter Wanders Back in Time
This article first appeared April 27, 2016 in The New York Times
Birds have come back to the Barclay.
The InterContinental New York Barclay, at Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, is to reopen on Friday after a 20-month, $180 million renovation. The biggest new feature is not the eight brass warbler silhouettes perched on branches encircling the hotel’s central revolving door on 48th Street.
But it is the feature closest to my heart. The Barclay is among the very first New York City buildings I ever wrote about, in a career largely given to writing about New York City buildings.