The Riverview Hotel
is on Jane Street
in New York City's West Village
, right on the Hudson River
. It originally housed mostly sailor
s. While not genuinely seedy
, the vending machine next to the front door does sell condem
s alongside potato chips and pretzels, and the elevators are hand cranked.
The Riverview Hotel Ballroom
is said hotel's auditorium, which was abandoned and unused until the off-Broadway
phenomenon Hedwig and the Angry Inch
ran there. In the movie version of Hedwig, during the montage
sequence in which Hedwig teaches Tommy how to be a rock star
, at one point he wears a t-shirt that says "Riverview Hotel" on it.