WEBSTER APARTMENTS, Penn Station

by Kevin Walsh

The Webster Apartments, an impressive brick 13-story building at West 34th Street and Dyer Avenue (the entrance ramp to the Lincoln Tunnel) has provided affordable accommodations for NYC’s “working girls” since 1923.

The Webster Apartments are one of the few, if not the only, affordable residences in Manhattan for women. The story behind the apartments begins in 1902 when Macy’s moved uptown from West 14th and 6th 20 blocks north to Herald Square. Macy’s cousins, Josiah and Charles Webster, were partners in R.H. Macy and noticed the many single women working as clerks and helpers at the giant store whose incomes were nonetheless minimal. The brothers decided to set up affordable housing to assist such women, but the plans came together slowly and the new Webster Apartments did not open until November 15, 1923, and its mission remains unchanged till this day. Daytonian in Manhattan has the complete story and vintage photos. 

Our clean, well-furnished building features 376 fully-furnished, private guest rooms with shared restrooms and showers on each floor, a full-service Dining Room, large Reception Hall, Library, and other common areas such as our flourishing back garden and spacious rooftop. Included in our reasonably priced rates, all guests receive 2 home-cooked meals each day, 24-hour security, housekeeping services, social and professional development events, WI-FI and all utilities.  This allows our guests to focus on immersing themselves in their careers, meeting new friends and taking advantage of all that the City has to offer. [Webster Apartments]

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”

3/11/20

1 comment

Kaye Pearse March 17, 2020 - 6:10 pm

I wish I’d known about this building back in my struggling-actress days (late 1970’s).

It definitely would have been an improvement over my 6th floor walkup in an old tenement (bathtub in the kitchen, toilet in the hallway).

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