The Four Seasons hotel on Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row will be used to house nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel free of charge, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Cuomo’s press release said the hotel would be the first of several in New York to house healthcare workers at no cost.
“The 350 room hotel will provide medical personnel currently working to respond to the coronavirus outbreak lodging free of charge,” the governor’s office said in the press release. In Chicago, empty hotel rooms are used to house coronavirus patients and those awaiting test results.
The hotel is on the swanky Billionaires’ Row. Business Insider’s Katie Warren previously reported that the area includes a set of eight ultraluxury skyscrapers along the southern end of Central Park, as well as Central Park South, which was the most expensive street in the city in 2019.
Condos there start at about $3 million and can fetch upward of $60 million. The strip boasts record sales to billionaires, including the $238 million penthouse Ken Griffin purchased in 2019 — but many penthouse units sit empty as billionaires add them to their portfolios. As of 2019, it was the most expensive street in New York City.