Astor House, Manhattan. Broadway Looking South from Astor House, circa 1879. Image: 15.5 cm x 10 cm; mount: 16.5 cm x 10 cm. An albumen photograph by an unknown photographer in poor condition, the mount and surface of the image are soiled. Pencil annotations on the back. Called New York’s first luxury hotel, Astor House opened in 1836, as a fashionable place for country dwellers to board when they were in Manhattan. It stood between Vesey and Barclay Streets. Astor House was partially demolished in 1912 and completely demolished in 1926.