Monday, April 07, 2008


So it appears that the famous Bellevue Psychiatric building will be turned into a hotel. Calling Mr. Bates... (I'm guessing I'm the 110th person so far to use that phrase but I couldn't help it.) Read more from Travel Weekly.

Some facts about Bellevue that I have gleaned from various websites (so they may not be facts, but I'm no journalist with a fact checker)

- Over the years it housed thousands of psychiatric patients and served as the setting for Hollywood movies such as "The Lost Weekend" and "Spider-Man." Kris Kringle was held there in the 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th Street" because he insisted he was the real Santa Claus.

- While Bellevue Hospital is the oldest in the US, the psychiatric building was completed in 1931.

- A study about homosexual bodies was done there in 1937, but you need permission to find out what that is all about.

- It has 400,000 square feet of usable space.

- Famous crazies who stayed here: Mark David Chapman (John Lennon's murderer), author Norman Mailer, Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick and jazz great Charlie Parker (ok maybe not all crazy, but drugged out counts too).

And then, I found this little piece about a man who BEAT UP A PEACOCK because he thought it was a vampire.

I can only conclude by telling you that hotel rooms in New York are scarce and expensive, and if I was still in my last job responsible for contracting NY hotels I would be first in line begging for inventory, rates and co-op money.

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