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Historic Indulgences

Martin Scorsese’s renowned film “Gangs of New York” took us back to the years between the 1840s and the Civil War, but sometimes it’s hard to imagine our beloved city during those times.

The James New York NoMad offers a glimpse into the past. Historical documents show that in 1901 plans were filed with the city of New York to construct a 12-story brick and stone hotel on Madison Ave. In 1904 the hotel was completed and became Hotel Seville, which operated from 1904 to 1987. Today the building that homes The James New York NoMad is a clear example of Beaux-Art architecture.

New York was affected by a temperance campaign starting in the late 1890’s which led to national prohibition from 1920 to 1933. We have heard that Hotel Seville was a social refuge for bootleggers & those partaking in the joys of drinking on lower Madison Avenue during this period.

The neighborhood, now re-branded as NoMad (North of Madison Square Park), evokes feelings of the past explained to be a “balance of high quality dining paired with decadent social indulgences” by LDV Hospitality President, John Meadow.

As a throwback, and in honor of The James New York NoMad’s eclectic building’s history, Meadow said he is “thrilled to launch our newest lounge concept, The Seville, to personify the neighborhood”.

Indulge in cocktails at The Seville, part of our grand opening offer.

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