By Shari on the Aisle
If you’re a guest at any of our Library Hotel Collection properties in New York City (especially The Casablanca Hotel), a visit to famous Times Square is a must. Here are 5 reasons why. Once you learn about the richness of the neighborhood, we think you’ll love it as much as we do!
- There’s No Business Like Show Business. You gotta love a place where the local Catholic Church is called “The Actors’ Chapel.” That’s St. Malachy’s on West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue—right across the street from “The Book of Mormon.” But wait—that’s not even the best part. Every Wednesday at 1:45 p.m., just before matinee curtains rise throughout the neighborhood, St. Malachy’s church bells chime Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (With a reprise at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays). It brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.
P.S.: Douglas Fairbanks married Joan Crawford at St. Malachy’s on June 3, 1929. And thousands of fans jammed West 49th Street to pay final tribute to Rudolph Valentino, whose funeral mass was held at the church.
P.P.S.: You can also visit The Actors’ Temple on West 47th Street, “A place where spirituality meets creativity,” according to their Website. Many Jews in show business have been members, including Sophie Tucker and two of the Three Stooges (Moe and Curly).