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Discover AKA Sutton Place, a nexus of literary activity in the 1930s as Dashiell Hammett completed The Thin Man in the Diplomat’s Suite.

AKA Sutton Place was constructed amid the great economic catastrophe that affected most of the world during the 1930s.

AKA Sutton Place occupies a colorful place in New York history. Formerly known as the Sutton Hotel, it was a nexus of literary activity in the 1930s. Nathanael West worked on his expressionist black comedy Miss Lonelyhearts, and Dashiell Hammett completed The Thin Man in the hotel’s Diplomat’s Suite. Other writers in residence during this period included West’s friends S.J. Perelman, Edmund Wilson, Lillian Hellman, and Erskine Caldwell. Originally opened in 1929, the building underwent a full renovation in 2007 and was updated again in 2011. Historically, the hotel was recognized for its extended-stay services, which it continues to offer to this day.

  • About the Location +
    The Sutton Place neighborhood, bordered by the East River, East 53rd and East 59th Streets, serves as the gateway to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Madison Avenue boutiques and fine neighborhood restaurants are all within close walking distance. Also nearby are architectural landmarks such as Lever House, The Lipstick Building, and Seagram’s Building, as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan Art and Antiques Center, and the Municipal Art Society.
  • Famous Historic Guests +
    "Nathanael West, American author who worked on his expressionist black comedy Miss Lonelyheartsin this historic hotel. Dashiell Hammett, American author of hard-boiled detective novels who completed The Thin Man in the hotel’s Diplomat’s Suite. S.J. Perelman, American humorist who is best known for his humorous short pieces for The New Yorker. Edmund Wilson, who is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. Lillian Hellman, a successful playwright on Broadway. Erskine Caldwell, American novelist and short story writer who wrote about the American South."

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