History

Born the Hotel Earle in 1902 as a small 8 story residential hotel in New York’s fashionable Greenwich Village – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City Of New York

By 1907 we had a new twin sister – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Another growth spurt took us to nine stories in 1910 – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Our restaurant circa 1910 – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

All grown up… We reached our current size in 1917 with the addition of a 3 story building on the corner of Waverly and MacDougal – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Albert King stayed with us when he played the local clubs. An extraordinary talent, “The Velvet Bulldozer” influenced the likes of Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Walsh and Mick Taylor.

In April / May 1918 a young and dashing Ernest Hemingway stayed with us for 3 weeks prior to his WWI service as an ambulance driver.

Long time WSH regular, Bo Diddley stayed with us every time he played in NYC. He even did a live set in the the lobby for our 100th anniversary.

The WSH is humbled to have played host to Rock & Roll icon, Chuck Berry.

1964 – The Rolling Stones landed in New York for their first U.S. tour and WSH was their home base.

1979 – The Godfather of Punk, Dee Dee Ramone checks into the WSH.

Bob Dylan took up residence at the WSH twice. Once, in 1961 and again in 1964 when he shared room 305 with Joan Baez.