Let's face it: few businesses last more than 100 years. Hell, most of them are lucky if they make it a decade.
We're proud to note that we've been booking rooms for almost 120 years now, and plan to stick around for at least 120 more. (Granted, we've had a few facelifts, but don't we look great?)
But we're not the only ones to hit that century mark. Here are others in the area:
1. C.O. Bigelow (1838)
414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Don't you just love the toiletries in your room here at the Washington Square Hotel? Well, you can thank C.O. Bigelow, the oldest surviving pharmacy not only here in the Village, but the entire country. Next time you're in town, make sure you stock up on some of their natural remedies, perfumes and bath and body products.
2. NYU (1830s)
New York, NY 10003
New York University was established on April 18, 1831 in lower Manhattan. Soon after, in 1833, the school moved to our 'hood. Yeah, students have been soaking up knowledge in the Village for almost 200 years, and we've been welcoming them and their parent ever since we opened.
3. Cooper Union (1859)
30 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
The Cooper Union has granted degrees in art, architecture and engineering since it was founded in 1859. So what makes this private college so unique? Well, the founder's vision was to create a tuition-free school that was open to both men and women. (Imagine that!) The school continues to educate students at no charge today. That's free, as in nada dinero.
4. McSorley’s Ale House (1854)
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Folks have been lifting pints at the oldest Irish pub in New York City since 1854. Everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Woody Guthrie to John Lennon have frequented the joint and adhered to the ironclad rule of the legendary establishment: "Be Good or Be Gone."
5. Moscot Eyewear (1915)
108 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Moscot Eyewear was founded on Rivington Street in 1915, but moved to it's current location in 1935. The single shop has turned into a mini-chain, and the fifth generation of Moscots are now running the biz, fitting specs on local celebrities lie Sarah Jessica Parker and hubs Matthew Broderick, James Franco, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Rudd and Susan Sarandon.
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