New York’s nearly-100-year-old Roosevelt Hotel is shutting down amid COVID-19

New York’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel is saying goodbye after being a midtown Manhattan mainstay for nearly 100 years. 

The New York City hotel, which has been around since 1924 and has made cameos in movies including “The Irishman” and “Maid in Manhattan” is closing its doors by the end of this year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Due to the current, unprecedented environment and the continued uncertain impact from COVID-19, the owners of The Roosevelt Hotel have made the difficult decision to close the hotel, and the associates were notified last week,” Kellie McCrory, a hotel spokesperson told USA TODAY in a statement. “The iconic hotel, along with most of New York City, has experienced very low demand, and as a result the hotel will cease operations before the end of the year. There are currently no plans for the building beyond the scheduled closing.”

The hotel is owned by Pakistan International Airlines and has been home to many historic American moments from serving as the headquarters for Gov. Thomas Dewey’s election campaign in 1984 when he incorrectly announced he’d defeated Harry Truman to being the first place Guy Lombardo and his orchestra performed in 1929.

The Roosevelt Hotel, named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, isn’t the first hotel to fall victim to the pandemic.

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Last month, Hilton announced it would close its 478-room hotel in Times Square as of Oct. 1. Two hundred employees lost their jobs due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” according to a filing to state regulators.

As an early epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, New York has experienced a dramatic drop in tourism. While the city has recovered some since the spring, restaurants were just allowed to reopen limited indoor dining at the end of September, and Broadway is closed until next year.

Contributing: Curtis Tate

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