Don’t miss this opportunity to
tour the Waldorf Astoria
New York City’s landmark, Waldorf Astoria hotel, will soon close for up to three years to undergo a major renovation.
Before that happens, take this unique opportunity to tour our local historic hotel.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Waldorf Astoria, 100 East 50th Street, New York City
Send your check for $10.00 to:
P.O. Box 465
Ramsey, NJ 07446
RSVP by November 1
The 85-year-old iconic hotel has received every United States president since Herbert Hoover and hosted icons like singer Ella Fitzgerald and composer Cole Porter, all while inventing the concept of room service and the Waldorf Salad. The Waldorf Astoria was once the largest and tallest hotel in the world, a must-stay for wealthy New Yorkers and foreign dignitaries. The property was famously called “the greatest of them all” by hotelier Conrad Hilton.
The original Waldorf Astoria hotel was the product of a family feud. William Waldorf Astor opened the Waldorf Hotel in 1893 on the corner of 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue. Four years later, Waldorf Astor’s cousin John Jacob Astor IV opened the Astoria Hotel next door. The cousins ended up connecting the hotels with a 300-foot corridor called Peacock Alley. The hotel’s name was changed to Waldorf=Astoria, with a double hyphen to represent the corridor.
The original building was later knocked down in 1928 to make way for the Empire State Building. Waldorf manager Lucius Boomer purchased the Waldorf Astoria name for $1 and moved the hotel uptown, where it opened at its current address in 1931.
Some fun facts:
Marilyn Monroe lived in the hotel’s $1,000 per-week suite in 1955. A year earlier, Monroe moved to New York City to film “The Seven Year Itch.” She also wanted to take acting classes with Lee Strasberg and to leave behind her more hectic lifestyle in Los Angeles. Monroe filmed her iconic white dress scene on a subway grate just up the street from the Waldorf, at 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. She and husband Joe DiMaggio split soon after the scene was shot.
Cole Porter lived in the Waldorf Astoria Towers for 25 years and his piano is in the hotel. He played some of his most famous songs in his suite, including “You’re The Top” from “Anything Goes.” His Steinway & Sons piano still resides at the hotel. Years later, Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, moved into the same suite. The Waldorf’s 5-bedroom Cole Porter apartment rents for $150,000 per month, according to the hotel’s website.
In 1971, multi-award winning singer Ella Fitzgerald, widely known as “The Queen of Jazz”, performs her inimitable brand of improvisational jazz at the Waldorf Astoria New York’s Starlight Roof. Fitzgerald famously referenced the hotel’s eponymous Waldorf Salad in her rendition of Cole Porter’s “You’re The Top”.
In 1993, the Waldorf Astoria became an official New York City landmark, joining other major icons like The Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge.
We hope you can join us!