Word on the Street

Hotel Seville


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Photo: Amy Barone




  • Photo: Amy Barone




Its Beaux-Arts crown will continue to impress passersby.

No longer destined to make way for a new luxury dorm,

the landmarked hotel lives on by Madison Square North.



Haunting green bay windows remain,

take me back to somewhere sweet.

They once welcomed single ladies traveling solo

when the idea was thought a bit shocking.



Sand-hued limestone lion heads and foliage

survived a century of noise and wear.

Its red brick façade stands tall amid

glass skyscrapers lacking heart.



A Tiffany skylight adorns modern décor.

Years ago, once inside, I looked out

while dancing to forro sounds at a Brazil Day bash.



Now when I walk by, especially at dusk,

I linger to gaze at grandness, listen to its music.



Amy Barone's new poetry collection, “We Became Summer,” from New York Quarterly Books, was released in early 2018. She wrote chapbooks “Kamikaze Dance” (Finishing Line Press) and “Views from the Driveway” (Foothills Publishing). Barone's poetry has appeared in Café Review, Paterson Literary Review, Sensitive Skin, and Standpoint (UK), among other publications. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.





Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments



MUST READ NEWS

Funding cuts loom for NYC libraries
A grassroots campaign to fight the spending reductions reveals New Yorkers love for their “de facto community centers”
Read more »
Image

The place where Pride began
The Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village attracts New Yorkers and tourists alike
Read more »
Image

The place where Pride began
The Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village attracts New Yorkers and tourists alike
Read more »
Image

Curbside controversy
What would an end to free parking mean for Manhattan?
Read more »
Image

Academic mania at LaGuardia High School

by rachel kalina

In the summer before my freshman year at LaGuardia High School in 2007, I did poorly on an entrance test and didn’t qualify for...
Read more »

Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Neighborhood Newsletters





MOST READ

Local News
Ian Hunter rocks on
  • Jun 12, 2019
Local News
Morty’s game never ends
  • Jun 12, 2019
Local News
The place where Pride began
  • Jun 11, 2019
Local News
The place where Pride began
  • Jun 11, 2019
Local News
Curbside controversy
  • Jun 11, 2019

MOST COMMENTED