If you’re wandering around New York City looking for The Zonderling Hotel for Working Girls, I’m sorry to say that it’s not a real place. Neither is SoDeDyFa or the Altruistic Army (don’t tell The General). But it is true that there were loads of real residential hotels for women throughout the 20th century, and a handful are still in business. I lived in two different residential hotels for women when I moved to NYC!
During the fall of 2015 I checked out some former hotels and a copy of The Zonderling came along for the ride. I originally posted the following photos and history on my Facebook & Instagram in 2015 just before publication of The Zonderling. I decided to organize the information here in case you want to do your own walking tour of New York’s former residential hotels.
BARBIZON HOTEL | Upper East Side | Lexington at E. 63rd St
To learn more, I recommend my primary source The New York Times archives. Other sources I researched include New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission reports, LANDMARK WEST! reports, and Museum of the City of New York archives.