Karl Junkersfeld sent us this YouTube video by DatanBasen of the recently renovated Egyptian Rooftop at the Hotel St. George Tower. You may remember the 2009 destruction of terra cotta columns from the roof raised the ire of many in Brooklyn Heights. Now, as promised, the columns have been replaced and look great! Video after the jump.
DatanBasen writes about the Egyptian Rooftop:
This movie was taken atop the famous St. George Tower at the Hotel St. George in Brooklyn Heights, New York. In order of appearance you will see the Statue of Liberty in upper New York Harbor, cranes on the lower Manhattan skyline showing the new World Trade Center just peeking above the buildings around it for the first time, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. And of course, the fabulous midtown skyline.
This recently renovated roof top garden (new furnishings and trees to arrive in Spring 2011) was once quite a sensational nightclub called the Egyptian Club. Opened in 1929, it had a full orchestra on the upper level and tables below.
Adjacent to the roof deck was a three-story indoor portion with a stunning private banquet room and a host of smaller private rooms. The walls were hand painted with frescoes inspired by the recently discovered Egyptian tombs and other dessert treasures which helped to inspire the art deco style. This hotel was on the cutting edge of that style and with its stylish interiors helped to launch art deco as the quintessential design theme of the 1930s.
Built just prior to the first Wall Street crash, it opened before the Waldorf Astoria or Hotel Carlyle and set the standard for sophistication in one of the most romantic periods of New York’s history.