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The Metropolitan Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, opened September 1, 1852, and was demolished in 1895. It was built at a time of a "hotel boom" in response to the opening of the New York Crystal Palace exhibition of 1853.

...well known as the “resort of Californians and people from the new States and Territories.” It was a large, six-story brownstone building on the north-east corner of Broadway and Prince Street, capable of housing six hundred guests and “furnished throughout in the most splendid and costly style.” Mark Twain classed it among the “great caravan hotels” that did “an immense transient business (try to get a room at one of them if you doubt it).” Since 1852 it had contributed to the fortunes of the Leland brothers (Charles, Simeon, Warren, and William), whom Clemens did not know, although he knew and liked two members of the second generation—Jerome B. and Lewis Leland, proprietors since 1863 of the Occidental Hotel—“Heaven on the half shell”—in San Francisco.

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