JFK VISITED NEW YORK CITY 52 YEARS AGO TODAY
New York City (JFK+50) After chairing a National Security Council meeting 52 years ago today, December 5, 1961, President John F. Kennedy flew to New York City where he attended the National Football Foundation Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and gave a speech at the dinner along with entertainer Bob Hope.
The President was presented with the Foundation's gold medal.
President John F. Kennedy owned a two bedroom duplex "penthouse" suite on the 34th floor at the Carlyle at 35 E. 76th Street.
JFK's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., had also owned a suite there.
The Carlyle, built by Moses Ginsberg and designed in Art Deco style by Bien and Prince, was originally an apartment hotel. It was named in honor of Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle.
It was NY businessman Robert Whittle Downing who turned the place into a fashionable hotel in 1948.
The 1st President of the United States to stay at the Carlyle was Harry Truman and every president through Bill Clinton has stayed there.
But it was during the Kennedy years that the hotel became known as "The New York White House."
John F. Kennedy, Jr. ate the last breakfast of his life at the Carlyle.
The JFK suite was purchased for $12.5 million by the heiress to the Hyatt Hotel fortune.
Today, the Carlyle is owned by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. It is a cooperative sporting 180 rooms for rent as well as 50 private residences.
You can stay at the Carlyle for about $500 a night.