“Meet me in the bar at the Albert Hotel,” Jimmy Stewart instructs Raymond Burr in Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller, Rear Window. Then, as for decades, the hotel occupied a vibrant, iconic place in the cultural life of New York’s Greenwich Village. From its opening in 1887, the Albert was home, hotel and hang-out for generations of artists, activists, writers, poets and musicians. Mark Twain lectured at the Albert. Hart Crane wrote his famous poem, The Bridge, in its rooms. Thomas Wolfe styled his fictional Hotel Leopold on the Albert. Anaïs Nin was a guest. Jackson Pollack visited, as did Andy Warhol. Rocky Graziano ate steak in its French restaurant. The Mamas & The Papas wrote California Dreamin’ in the Albert. The list is endless.
In recognition of its cultural importance, the Hotel Albert was listed on the U.S.'s National Register of Historic Places in June, 2012. This website celebrates the history of a storied institution whose influence ran far beyond Greenwich Village. The Albert mirrors the arc of New York's fortunes, from the city's ascendancy in the late 19th century to its nadir in the mid-1970s. Today, the Albert is a flourishing cooperative of apartments. The story continues. But first we invite you to explore our remarkable backstory.