STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After being gutted by fire in 2015, the former Midland Motor Inn — a 44-room hotel that has been a longstanding blight on the surrounding community — might be on its way to demolition, the Staten Island Advance reported in 2019.
Before this property was transformed into a transient hotel, the building housed popular nightclubs in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s — most notably Whispers, Chateau Dominique and the Oasis nightclub.
According to Advance records, the establishment housed the Lincoln Hotel in the 1950s and 1960s, when Midland Beach welcomed vacationers. A colored postcard from the mid-1960s or the mid-1970′s reads:“Located in the center of Staten Island. On Staten Island’s most popular beach. Lifeguards and cleanliness supervised by the City of New York. The Lincoln Hotel is convenient to all main roads, only two miles from the Verrazzano Bridge”
On the reverse side of the postcard it says: “The Lincoln Lounge — Staten Island’s most beautiful, newly decorated lounge having cozy intimate tables and booths. Serving lunches, dinners and late suppers until 2 a.m., featuring live music — Popular Vocalists — Dancing Nightly. The Lincoln Lounge now boasts of having the largest curved bar in New York City. ”
According to Andrew Rudansky, Press Secretary at the NYC Department of Buildings, in July of 2015 a full vacate order has been in effect since the fire. In recent years the structural stability of the building has continued to deteriorate, and the building was found to be posing a potential danger to the public and neighboring properties. The property owners of 640 Midland Avenue, Staten Island, have not obtained any permits to make repairs to the structure, and as a result, the Department has obtained court authorization for the City to perform full demolition of the building in the interest of public safety.
Currently local elected officials and community members support the demolition of the property in hopes that new and better things will come to the space.