The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is a 152.7m, 51-story hotel located in New York City near Times Square. It faces 7th Avenue, West 52nd Street, and West 53rd Street. It is one of the world's top 100 tallest hotels, and one of the tallest hotels in New York City.HistoryThe hotel opened on September 25, 1962 as the Americana of New York. It was constructed by brothers Laurence Tisch and Preston Tisch, co-owners of the Loews Corporation and was the first hotel over 1000 rooms to be built in New York since the Waldorf Astoria in 1931. It was acclaimed for many years in its advertising and by the media as the tallest hotel in the world, based on the number and height of its inhabited floors, though the spire of the Hotel Ukraina in Moscow was taller. The Americana was built, along with the adjacent New York Hilton, to serve the huge number of tourists that the 1964 New York World's Fair would bring. The hotel was also known as Loews Americana of New York.On May 14, 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference at the Americana to announce the formation of Apple Corps, their music label. The Americana also hosted the New York portion of the 1967 and 1968 Emmy Awards. The hotel's supper club, The Royal Box, hosted performances by musical legends including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. In 1971, a scene in The Godfather was filmed in a suite at the Americana.
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