Amidst sleek high rises on a nice block of 44th Street is this standout late Romanesque revival façade dating back to 1893 -- but this is where “old” ends. The fourth-generation Philly-based real estate group, Korman Communities, completely refurbished the interiors of this building to hold 106 contemporary apartment-style units. The only thing that remains from days past are the original window sizes, which for some studio, one- and two-bedroom units means less light -- and for lower floors, more street noise. Otherwise, guests can rely on clean and modern furnishings in the spacious living areas, the stainless steel kitchens, and luxe Bulgari toiletries in the bathrooms. Many guests are international travelers, and some are in corporate or transition mode, staying for a month or more, which helps lower their prices. A friendly but lean staff keeps things spic and span, and there's a two-floor lounge, bar, and rooftop terrace that are just begging to be used. The location is a few blocks from Bryant Park, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and numerous Subway stations. Downsides include a fee for daily housekeeping and a lack of an on-site restaurant.