The New Yorker was the largest hotel in New York when it was built with 2,500 rooms. In addition to ballrooms there were 10 private dining salons and five restaurants employing 35 master cooks. The barber shop had 42 chairs and twenty manicurists. There were 92 telephone operators with 3200 phones and 150 laundry staff washing as many as 350,000 pieces daily. There was a ten-room hospital, a theater ticket office, a transportation department. Some of the rooms had private sky terraces or roof gardens.