Built In 18981/1/1898
Built in 1898 in French Renaissance style inspired by the great French chateaus, the hotel was originally developed by William R.H. Martin and designed by renowned architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh.
In order to meet the growing demand of the neighborhood, Martin and Hardenbergh teamed up again throughout 1901 – 1910 to expand the hotel. In 1910 when the expansion was complete, the building was known as one of New York City’s most elite hotels with room prices ranging from $3.50-$6.00 per day.
PGA is established4/10/1916
On April 10, 1916 The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) was established at Martinique New York. 35 charter members and 78 golf professionals formed to create what was then the world's largest working sports organization.
A Notable Venue1/1/1918
Martinique New York became one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations. The Omar Khayyam room served as the venue for the Gus Edwards Revue's "1918 Version of a Night with Omar Khayyam", a twice-nightly performance during World War I.
Recognized as a New York City Landmark5/5/1998
On May 5, 1998, the hotel was conferred Landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
PGA Gallery Inauguration8/31/2011
On August 31, 2011, the PGA Gallery at the hotel was officially inaugurated to mark the PGA's 95th anniversary year.
US Ryder Cup Team1/1/2008
The hotel was regularly the venue for announcing the American Ryder Cup team, and in 2008, it was where Paul Azinger announced the four players who would compete.
Curio Collection by Hilton2/1/2019
The hotel joined Hilton's Curio Collection as Martinique New York on Broadway, Curio Collection by Hilton on February 1, 2019 and was recognized for its history of hospitality, earning the title “Best Historic Hotel” in 2020.
First Post-Prohibition Wine List1/1/1934
Once the 18th Amendment was repealed in December of 1933, the original Martinique Restaurant celebrated by publishing a wine list menu re-educating the public on how to distinguish quality spirits. There was great speculation about the existence of a speakeasy on property during the prohibition era, but it still remains a mystery to this day.
On October 12, 1964, Othello featuring the legendary James Earl Jones opened at the Martinique Theatre. The production was restaged to the hotel from Central Park after the success of its limited performances.
Before Sylvester Stallone starred as the iconic Rocky Balboa, he was telephone repairman Mike, in Jerry Douglas’ production of Score at the Martinique Theatre. The risqué performance ran for 23 shows between October and November of 1970.
Founding of the Workshop10/22/1973
In 1973, Morgan Freeman, Garland Lee Thompson, Billie Allen, and Clayton Riley formed the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop with a mission to support black playwrights. Their first weekly reading and critique was on October 22, 1973 and they were held at the one and only, Martinique Theatre with immense success.