Is that Popeye?

 In doing research for my trek back to school, I happened upon this wonderful little hotel, The Jane. I look forward to visiting it while I’m walking the Meatpacking District, in the southwest part of Manhattan.

The Jane’s efficiency rooms were inspired by luxury train cabins. Their tagline line is priceless, “For Travelers with More Dash than Cash.”

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The Jane in the Meatpacking District

Their top-of-the-line rooms, the Captains’ Cabins, are approximately 250 sf and have the amenities of most first-class hotel rooms. They include a private bath plus they all come with river views and/or terraces.

Next, the Standard Cabins are ‘remarkably cozy.’ At only 50 sf they barely hold a single bed, TVs, WiFi. Bathrooms at the end of the hall.

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The Captains’ Quarters

Their top-of-the-line rooms, the Captains’ Cabins, are approximately 250 sf and have the amenities of most first-class hotel rooms. They include a private bath plus they all come with river views and/or terraces.

Next, the Standard Cabins are ‘remarkably cozy.’ At only 50 sf they barely hold a single bed, TVs, WiFi. Bathrooms at the end of the hall.

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Room for Two at The Jane in NYC

What’s particularly interesting about this old sailors’ hotel is that it was constructed in 1908 as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailor’s Home & Institute and designed by William A. Boring, the architect who designed Ellis Island’s immigrant station. He gave the building an octagonal corner tower, an auditorium, a chapel, and separate amusement rooms that were advertised as “a bright, airy, comfortable place to sit without being annoyed by the fumes of liquor or soul-rasping profanity.” Rooms ran 25¢ for seamen and 50¢ for others.

In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed here ’til the end of the government’s inquiry into the ship’s sinking. In 1944 the YMCA took over the hotel, later it went bohemian, housing the down-and-out – until the new developers, Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode, brought it back to its present glory.

They’ve spared nothing at The Jane, which is amazing when you hear that rooms start at only $99!

So, to you folks who have asked me what I plan to blog about while on my walk across New York City: unusual finds just like this. Hopefully I’ll run into Popeye, too, and can get a quick interview with him.

To read more, go to their website or read a review by the NY Times

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