Though they cannot have foreseen their good fortune when work began at The Whitby, which opened earlier this year, there is currently no hotel bed closer to the city’s newest and most popular tourist attraction.
Not so long ago, the view out to the Statue of Liberty from the top of the Empire State Building was the must-have New York holiday snap.
Either as a concession to the Senate, or perhaps with the idea of improving public morality, Decius endeavoured to revive the separate office and authority of the censor.
The choice was left to the Senate, who unanimously selected Valerian (the future emperor).
A quite extraordinary array of wicker baskets, collected from all over the UK, appear to have been topiarised above the long pewter bar.
The lights have been woven in bright fabrics around concealed plastic Coca-Cola bottles, in counterpoint to the fine gilded English bone china.
So if you want to take advantage of the time difference and while away your Saturday morning in the tub watching the Premier League action before re-emerging, prune-like, at noon, well, you can.
There are a mere 86 rooms, spread across 16 floors – diminutive by New York standards – each to its own specification.
You’ve got to flip the bird at Donald’s tower block, before he’s impeached.
By that logic, you might only have weeks to make a reservation.
At breakfast, there’s a small buffet to choose from of reassuringly New York-sized pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt. No Serengeti-like rolling expanse of blue cheese, donuts and serrano ham, no “design-on-your own” omelette station – just a short(ish) list of first-rate choices, from which I personally recommend the hangar steak with eggs and arugula salad.
Behind here, there’s the drawing room, strictly for the use of guests, with 24-hour butler service and an “honesty bar” where one writes down what one’s consumed, an impressive display of trust given the stoppered bottles of Laurent Perrier Jouet in the ice bucket.
In the magazine rack, you won’t be shocked to find a My own room had a lovely roof terrace, truly a rarity in this or indeed most parts of town, with green patio furniture where meals can be taken, high above 58th Street.