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Broadway & Maiden Lane: a Rich History Among Hotels in Lower Manhattan

The Residence Inn Manhattan World Trade Center is located in the heart of NYC’s Financial District at the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane – a distinctive address among Manhattan hotels. From 1795 until the early 20th century, Maiden Lane was the center of New York City’s bustling jewelry district.  In 1896, Manhattan jeweler William Barthman decided to embed a working clock into the sidewalk outside his eponymous jewelry store on the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane as a way to lure customers. The finished clock was installed in the fall of 1899 and immediately became a public curiosity that still keeps time to this day.
 
Stretching west from the South Street Seaport all the way to the World Trade Center Site, Maiden Lane now hosts such significant edifices as The Federal Reserve of New York, the Continental Center, the Cushman Building, and the Goldsmiths’ and Silversmiths’ Building, evoking an eclectic mix of modernist, neoclassicist, and beaux arts architecture all along the lane.

Even though the Residence Inn Manhattan World Trade is one of the newest hotels in Lower Manhattan, our 20-story building at 170 Broadway dates back to 1903. To honor our historic address as well as the rich heritage of the Financial District and the famous Maiden Lane sidewalk clock, we worked with Stonehill & Taylor to develop the architecture and interior design of the hotel around the theme of time and money. The use of the color orange as accent throughout the hotel is a nod to our historic neighborhood, which was originally set up by the Dutch for trade purposes and called New Amsterdam. The artwork displayed throughout the hotel also includes references to themes of time, money, commerce, and the vibrant pace of Lower Manhatan.
 
On behalf of the entire staff, we look forward to welcoming you to the Residence Inn Manhattan World Trade Center and adding your experience to our own New York City legacy.
 

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