There were no reservations about this sale.
Merchandise from the former Hudson Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen – a hip haven once frequented by Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Denzel Washington, Debbie Harry and Kate Hudson – is up for grabs in an ongoing stock clearance.
Fireside sale items spread out on the former lobby floor range from the luxurious to the mundane — from $1 shot glasses to a $300,000 Baccarat crystal chandelier. A fallen tree trunk bench will cost you $21,000, but a mounted elk head – only $1,200.
The sale was opened to the public on September 10 and continues until everything is gone. It comes in the middle of the property recent $207 million purchase by Montgomery Street Partners. Manhattan-based developer CSC Coliving is leasing the 24-story building on West 58th Street between 9th and 8th Avenues, which it plans to convert into 438 below-market apartments.
Former employees and regulars can now pay $5 to get in sales — and shop alongside hospitality insiders for pieces of the hotel’s history.
The Hudson was built in the late 1920s to house the American Woman’s Association in a project largely spearheaded by Anne Morgan, daughter of banking magnate JP Morgan. It provided residences and a social club for young women in business.
In 1941 it became the Henry Hudson Hotel and provided co-ed living spaces, including for naval officers during World War II, before later housing the offices and studios of WNET-TV.
In 2000, Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager and industrial designer Philippe Starck gave the hotel a much-vaunted facelift, complete with a slew of bars, a restaurant, and a nightclub. Celebrities spotted there included a sweaty performance by Paul McCarney after Madison Square Garden, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for the former’s 30th birthday bash, and Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee holding a watermelon martini in hand. The hotel ceased operations in 2020.
The goods – all available at the price quoted, or in some cases the best offer – included:
Baccarat chandelier with hologram candles by German lighting designer Ingo Maurer ($300,000)
Antique Italian Slate Pool Table with Ceiling Light by Ingo Maurer ($95,000)
Fallen Tree Trunk Bench by Dutch designer Jergen Bey in collaboration with design collective Droog ($21,000)
Ralph Lauren street chairs, designed exclusively for the hotel ($4,065 each)
Hand Carved African Tree Stump Seat ($1,200)
Moose Head ($1,200)
Antelope Head ($450)
Mountain Goat Head ($250)
Gold Urn Pedestals ($8 each)
Unmarked Shot Glasses ($1)
“Their furniture has always been iconic,” said Lady Kay Taiste, who dropped $350 on a haul that included a projector, safe, two mirrors, ceramic mugs and a yellow Ghost chair for her new apartment. “I’m hoping for an office or two.”
Nicole Kabealo, project manager for International Content Liquidations, which handles the sale of inventory, said 500 people stopped from the first weekend.
Carrying stained glass trays she once prepared for buffets, Diana Barnett, a chef who worked in the hotel’s events department for 20 years, recalled with former colleagues the glory days of the building.
Barnett, however, lamented that it was too late to seize photographs of a cow named Hermione wearing hats, taken by French fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino, which hung in the hotel’s dimly lit Library Bar.
“Anyone in New York was cool enough to come here, you knew those photographs,” she said.