About This Place
The Hilton New York is the largest hotel in New York City and world's 101st tallest hotel.
The 44-story building located on the northwest edge of Rockefeller Center at Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street has hosted every President since John F. Kennedy as well as the Beatles during their 1964 visit to the Ed Sullivan Theatre. The first world's first handheld cell phone call was by Martin Cooper while a guest at the hotel, in front of the hotel in 1973.
The project was developed by Hilton Hotels Corporation, the Rockefeller Group, and the Uris Building Corporation. The original architect was Morris Lapidus and he proposed to build a curved Fontainebleau Hotel style building. However, Lapidus had to withdraw since he was also designing the competing Americana Hotel (now the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers) a block away.