(A tall man who mumbled in his mustache and was given to bouts of paranoia, Mc Kelway, who served as a public-relations officer for the military on Guam in 1944, is most remembered for firing off a telegram to the Pentagon accusing Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander of the Pacific Fleet in World War II, of high treason.) “Fact” was the quirky term for journalism, as opposed to fiction.It avoided being defined by what it wasn’t: nonfiction.
Aldo came over from Calabria in 1955 on the a year before it went down, “or I wouldn’t be here,” as he points out.
He has cut a lot of famous people’s hair, including the Beatles’.
They are both now boutique hotels, though not as luxurious or pricey as the haute Euro Sofitel.
The Royalton was resurrected in 1988 by the hotelier Ian Schrager. and his French presidential aspirations were finished.
In fact, the Hippodrome, the largest and most successful theater in New York in the first part of the 20th century, was right on the southeast corner of 44th and Sixth Avenue.
Before that it was a carriage house and stable for the trotting horses of wealthy sportsmen of the Vanderbilt-Rockefeller set.
All day long customers come and sit right next to him and nobody notices.
At five o’clock a huge guy comes and sits on the couch, and the corpse slumps over onto him, and I says to the corpse, ‘Look, if you want to take a nap, why don’t you get a hotel room,’ and I prop him back up and everything is still fine.
Along one stretch of New York asphalt—44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues—the author excavates a vanishing civilization, peeling back decades of his own past as well.
Thirty years on, the barber in the old building is still there. The ghosts of Frank Crowninshield, William Shawn, Dorothy Parker, and Harry Houdini linger.
The paramedic says, ‘I have to leave him here so the police can come and make sure you didn’t do it.’ I says, ‘You can’t do that.