January 22, 2022

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Midland Beach’s Lincoln Hotel | Then and Now

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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.

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

This photo of the hotel is dated April 13, 1950. There is a sign on the cupola: “HOTEL LINCOLN.” The hotel is still located on Midland Avenue in Midland Beach. (Courtesy the Staten Island Historical Society)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

In a tax photo from the 1940s, 630 Midland Ave. stands tall.

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

A postcard from the heyday of the Hotel Lincoln, Midland Beach, S.I., c1950 (digitalcollections.nypl.org)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

Dated from the 1960s or 1970s, an original color postcard for The Lincoln Hotel in Midland Beach has four color photos of the hotel — one of the exterior, one of the interior of a dining room or banquet hall, one of the interior of the bar, and one of the interior of a hotel room. (Courtesy the Staten Island Historical Society)

hotel lincoln then and now

The Lincoln Hotel, Midland Beach, is shown circa 1960. (Staten Island Museum)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

At the Midland Beach Motel, residents complain of bug bites from an infestation of bedbugs in 2009. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

Police have taped off the scene of the shooting on Midland Avenue, while witnesses are questioned about the murder of Robert Clearwater. The Chateau Dominique is in the background of the 1984 crime scene. (Staten Island Advance/Steve Zaffarano)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

A cleanup was taking place on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Midland Motor Inn at 630 Midland Ave. A fire injured one civilian and four firefighters as it burned through the hotel the previous day. (Staten Island Advance/Maura Grunlund)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

630 Midland Ave. is the former Lincoln Hotel in Midland Beach. In 2004, the name on the awning says ‘Z’. (Staten Island Advance/ Nicholas Fevelo)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

A cleanup was taking place on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Midland Motor Inn at 630 Midland Ave. A fire injured one civilian and four firefighters as it burned through the hotel the previous day. (Staten Island Advance/Maura Grunlund)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

The building at 630 Midland Avenue might be on its way to demolition. It is shown here on Dec. 13, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

The building, at 630 Midland Ave., sits in need of much repair on Dec. 13, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

Hotel Lincoln, then and now

The building at 630 Midland Avenue, which was once a place of beauty, is shown on Dec. 13, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)