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The Benjamin Exterior

Our story begins with a man named Benjamin Denihan, better known as “Bud.” He was a visionary and entrepreneur who oversaw his father’s small laundry and dry cleaning storefront in the early 1930s. A first generation American with Irish roots, Bud was motivated by his dream to establish the family business as the best in Manhattan.

Bud was a man of his word. He guaranteed his laundry business could remove any stain from any garment. Little did his high-profile client roster (including Marilyn Monroe, the Vanderbilt family and Hattie Carnegie) know that when a stain could not be removed, Bud would phone the manufacturer, order the matching material and have it replaced. As a result of his drive to delight his clients, he seamlessly transitioned his successful laundry and dry cleaning business into New York real estate and eventually the hotel industry with Denihan, a nationally recognized, independent owner and operator of boutique hotels in top US urban markets.

In 1999, Denihan acquired the Emery Roth-designed building on 50th Street and Lexington, and named the hotel in honor of its founder. It is through the dedication, genuine care and inspired actions of The Benjamin associates that Bud's spirit continues to thrive.