Your friends ask you what that castle building is on Clark Street and if you’re a smarty pants you know that it was once known as the Leverich Towers Hotel. It’s now a residence hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses but in its heyday it played host to the Brooklyn Dodgers (they stayed there during homestands), housed a Yiddish radio station and to this day boasts one of the best views of Manhattan from its rooftop garden.
The hotel was built by real estate developer A. Lyle Leverich in 1926 for $4 million.
The architects on this project were Starrett & Van Vleck, known mostly for their department store designs and Manhattan’s Downtown Athletic Club.
Photos: Room and advertisment William Foor History and Memorbilia
Hotel exterior via Flickr user Wally G