Refurbished Bohemian National Hall in New York reopens after two decades
After years of discussion, planning and extensive renovation work, New York’s Bohemian National Hall finally reopened on Thursday evening in a lavish gala event. The imposing five-storey building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side first opened in 1896, but closed in 1986, and was left unused for many years. Now it’s ready once again to serve as the centre of Czech cultural and social life in the Big Apple. Radio Prague’s director Miroslav Krupička was at the opening.
The building looks pretty impressive in the photographs – can you describe it?
So the Bohemian National Hall is designed as a centre of Czech social and cultural life in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
“Yes, exactly, and that’s what most guests mentioned in their speeches, that the Bohemian National Hall should become what it once was, what it used to be in the late 19th century and throughout most of the 20th century – to be a centre of Czechoslovak life, a meeting place for the Czech and Czechoslovak expatriate community, for various institutions. So all this combined together – a Czech place, a Czech centre, for New York and a part of America.”