Friday, January 17, 2014

Pan Am Hotel is no more


From DNA Info:

The decades-old Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard, dubbed "New York City's Most Convenient Hotel," has come in for its final landing, despite saying on its website that it was just "closed for renovations."

The seven-story, 216-room hotel closed its doors to hotel guests on Jan. 7, according to an employee working there Thursday, who asked not to be identified.

He said the employees were told in September that the hotel, near 51st Avenue, would close.

A spokesman for the New York Hotel Trades Council said the more than 40 employees working at the Pan American were given "ample notice" by the owners before they were laid off.

The site said the hotel is "closed for renovations," but the building has been sold, according to Tom Donovan, an agent with Massey Knakal.

According to the listing, which is still online, the hotel includes around 7,000 square feet of retail space and over 70,000 square feet of "additional development potential."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here we go that whole area is getting completely congested to the Max. Richard Italiano tried to stop the overdevrlopment in Elmhurst and unfortunately was not successful. Nobody was on his side too many greedy politicians and council mrmebers.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why they closed down. ...was there a reason behind it or did they just decide to sell it for no reason? Was it not making enough money or what?

Anonymous said...

I think The hotel is a great site for a "Homeless" Shelter

Gary the Agnostic said...

Here comes the next luxury tower.

Anonymous said...

with all the hotels opening up in long island city and even the jersey city ones, i don't see why anyone would stay there

the place was a dump

Anonymous said...

Here comes the next human barracks.

Anonymous said...

I think The hotel is a great site for a "Homeless" Shelter
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You mean a building along a major circulation route and that is already divided into separate living units and likely only needs cosmetic repairs? Nonsense. Its much better to convert a dilapidated factory on toxic land, remote from both public transport and jobs.

Anonymous said...

It always struck me as an odd place to locate a hotel. It's several inconvenient blocks away from the Grand Ave/Elmhurst station.

Anonymous said...

I would bet the farm it becomes a high rise building..I can't believe how that part of QB has changed!

Anonymous said...

Expensive apartments would be an improvement, no?

georgetheatheist said...

Well, there's always the Mets Motel.

Anonymous said...

Another dive bites the dust. What are they doing with the hospital over there by Woodhaven and Queens Blvd, across from the mall? What was St. John's hospital.

Anonymous said...

From "Pan Am" to "No Am"

Anonymous said...

How sad, in the 60s it was a nice place and the nightclub was hopping.

Sons of Liberty said...

chinese (the enemy) developers, like circling vultures over a dead carcass.