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LPC considers landmark status for Midtown’s Ambassador Grill

The disco-era interior has garnered many fans despite being closed for over a year

September 24, 2016 05:00PM

Ambassador Grill

Ambassador Grill

It may be closed to public, but the Ambassador Grill restaurant inside the ONE UN New York hotel at East 44th Street and United Nations Plaza could soon become a landmark.

The city will consider giving landmark status to the interior on November 22, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission told DNAinfo.

The restaurant closed last year for renovations, worrying preservationists. An activist named Theodore Grunewald apparently snuck in and saw what looked like haphazard construction that could cause damage to the distinctive walls and ceilings, according to DNAinfo.

“I was able to get inside during the winter, and I saw some work being done that indicated to me at the time that the hotel was not interested in keeping the interior intact,” he said.

The interior is indicative of “disco-era NYC” with angled mirrors on the walls and ceilings.

“It’s about time we have landmark status for building interiors that are representative of the past 30 years,” the restaurant’s architect Kevin Roche told DNAinfo. “It’s also just a spectacular space.” [DNAinfo] –Christopher Cameron