Town Hall — A Pretty Special Midtown Theatre

Our visitors to Park 79 Hotel usually do lots of research before their arrival, so they are familiar with the Broadway Theatre District, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and even the Brooklyn Academy of Art and the new Barclays Center.  So with a quiet sense of pride, we introduce you to The Town Hall.  It’s located right there, quietly elegant, at the eastern edge of the Theatre District, close to Bryant Park and the NY Public Library, on 43rd Street near 6th Avenue.

Its history is now of 90 years.  A vibrant group of suffragists, protesting for the Women’s Right to Vote, wished to build a meeting space to address people on the time’s important issues. The celebrated architects, McKim, Mead & White, designed the hall to reflect the democratic principles of the League. Box seats were eliminated and no seats had an obstructed view, with a new undeniable expression: “Not a bad seat in the house.” The 19th Amendment was passed, and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall became a reality and with a double meaning: a symbol of the founders’ victory and as a spark for a new, more optimistic climate.

Comedy, Music, Dance, Lectures, Chorale, Cabaret–here is the perfect, beautiful theatre for New Yorkers and our Partk 79 Hotel guests.


The Town Hall is Laughter Center this November with the New York Comedy Festival’s six shows featuring a behind-the-scenes look at The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and his team (Nov 7 @ 8);comedians Nick Swardson (Nov 8 @ 7), Whitney Cummings (Nov 8 @ 9:45),  John Mulaney (Nov 9 @ 7), Anthony Jeselnik (Nov 9 @ 9:45), and Larry David and David Steinberg (Nov 10 @ 7:30).



Late November brings two evenings with author Neil Gaiman and musician/cult figure Amanda Palmer (Nov 22 & 23), and Garrison Keillor returns to The Town Hall stage with live shows of A Prairie Home Companion (Nov 30).

Music abounds with singer/songwriters Colin Meloy of the Decemberists in his first solo tour in five years (Nov 1), Grammy-winner Steve Earle & the Dukes (Nov 2),  and rightous babe Ani DiFranco with special guest

Just Words: A Spoken Word Celebration wraps up with two events StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson (Nov 4) and PEN America’s A Tribute to Poet C.P. Cavrey with an all-star line up (Nov 18).

Paula Cole (Nov 16). Legendary singers Bibi Ferreria (Nov 13) and Barbara Cook (Nov 14) will grace the stage.

Just Words: A Spoken Word Celebration boasts two evenings to delight intellectuals with two events StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson (Nov 4) and PEN America’s A Tribute to Poet C.P. Cavrey with an all-star line up (Nov 18). Well, maybe you don’t HAVE to be an intellectual–these are sure to be super entertaining evenings.