Have you ever wanted to step inside Nikola Tesla’s Hotel Room at The New Yorker hotel? Well, now you can – in 3D!
Untapped cities partnered with 3D visualization company Matterport to bring visitors digitally inside unique New York City locations, including places like the Edison Ballroom and Tesla’s hotel room at The New Yorker Hotel both made by Real Virtual Zone.
From 1933 until his death a decade later, Nikola Tesla lived in rooms 3327 and 3328, on the 33rd floor of The New Yorker Hotel. The room itself has now been renovated.
Tesla died poor, but today, many of his followers visit rooms 3327 and 3328.
As the New Yorker Magazine writes there are three types of inquisitive visitors regularly make pilgrimages there: (1) electrical engineers and technology enthusiasts; (2) people interested in U.F.O.s, anti-gravity airships, death-ray weapons, time travel, and telepathic pigeons; (3) Serbs and Croats.
In the last 10 years of his life, Tesla called The New Yorker Hotel his home. He resided in rooms 3327 and 3328 from 1933 until his passing on January 7, 1943.
Everyday, Tesla walked from The New Yorker Hotel to the corner of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue to feed pigeons. It is rumored that he became particularly fond of one pigeon. This area is now known as Bryant Park and that corner was officially named the Nikola Tesla corner in 1994.
“In 1943, Tesla died at the age of 87 in room 3327, found by the hotel maid. The belongings inside his room were seized by the FBI under the Alien Property Custody act, despite Telsa’s American citizenship. They were likely interested in his proposals for the “Death Ray”/”Peace Ray,” purportedly an anti-aircraft defense weapon Tesla himself described as a “superweapon to end all war.” While he was still alive, his claimed his room had been searched, but that nothing was found because he never put anything on paper – all the information was in his head. As Atlas Obscura reports, following Tesla’s death and before the FBI impoundment of his belongings at The New Yorker, “his nephew hurried to the New Yorker and upon arrival found that his uncle’s notebooks and several papers had been removed from Suite 3327, along with the inventor’s body.”, writes Untapped Cities.