Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Ansonia

The Ansonia is a grand building on the Upper West Side located at 2109 Broadway, between 73rd and 74th Streets. It was originally built as a Beaux Arts hotel by William Earle Dodge Stokes. Inspired by French hotels, it was named after Stokes' grandfather, the industrialist, Anson Greene Phelps. The building was converted into a condominium in 1992 with 430 apartments. The Ansonia has made an appearance in previous movies like "Single White Female" and "Hannah and Her Sisters." In the 1970s, it was the home of the Continental Baths bathhouse, where Bette Midler got her start with Barry Manilow as her accompanist. The Continental Baths then became legendary swingers' club Plato's Retreat.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

"NYC Loves NYC" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors to here.