Waldorf-Astoria – The Waldorf And The Lost Art Of Dining

The old Waldorf and, later, the Waldorf-Astoria, inspired the age of public dining. Public and private dining in the United States has gone through a curious metamorphosis. Once it was whole-hearted, unaffected, massive. Later it was cultured. Now it is summed up in the erroneous interpretation of the word “delicatessen.” Today we are getting back […]

Waldorf-Astoria – At Home To Society

A climax of its glory, it seems from a conscientious study of its history, was on the night of November 1, 1897, when the combined hotel formally opened. It caused almost as much of a sensation as the opening of the Waldorf four years previously. In point of fact, it represented a greater advance over […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Along Came The Astoria

As New York and its tastes grew, the old Waldorf grew in influence and facilities. The city was expanding northward. Business, residences, and theatres were marching steadily and amazingly beyond the limits that had been set for them by cautious observers. When the hotel first was put up, people said it was too far uptown. […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Famous Dinners, Balls, And Guests

The door of the Waldorf opened. A middle-aged man entered, a little excitedly, and went directly to the registry desk. The clerk behind the desk smiled and bowed. He, too, was excited. Bellboys, standing about, waited with anticipation. The man who came in picked up a pen and put his name on a registry card, […]

Waldorf-Astoria – New York Wanders Uptown

THE year 1893 was a conspicuous and a strange one in American history. A certain holiday mood merged with a general feeling of gloom that was almost akin to despair. It was the year of the World’s Fair at Chicago and the year of the great panic. A nation was proudly proclaiming its industrial and […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Baron Komura Fights For Peace

There was another guest of the Waldorf-Astoria who had a significant interest in Port Arthur. But it wasn’t in Texas. It was a fortified port on Liatung Peninsula, Kwangtung Province, Manchuria. It was, in fact, the direct cause of the Russo-Japanese War. Although the Russian-Japanese Peace Treaty was signed at Portsmouth, N. H., its terms […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Oscar The Epicure

Of all the men who sprang from the Boldt regime, it is unlikely that any has achieved such world-wide affection and esteem as the kind-faced, solemn, quiet fellow now known as Oscar of the Waldorf-Astoria. Whenever people, in America at least, speak of the art of eating, they invariably mention Oscar. His name has been […]

Waldorf-Astoria – A New Waldorf Against The Sky

Shortly after the closing of the old hotel Mr. Boomer, who was then taking a brief vacation in Florida, received a telegram from Mr. L. J. Horowitz, chairman of the Board of the Thompson-Starrett Company, Inc., to the effect that he favored the idea of a new Waldorf-Astoria. He said he believed banking firms represented […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Up Goes The Waldorf Astoria Hotel

New York was a little amazed and greatly excited by the decision of the adventurous Astors to make their homes up in the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Streets block. Already society had been aroused by the erection of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, opposite the old Madison Square Garden. Builders, architects and social leaders looked toward the […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Princes, Presidents, And Others

It would be a task, not within the scope of this book, to set forth the numerous personalities that passed through the Waldorf. But not all of them were “significant” so far as this story is concerned. They simply stayed at the Waldorf to enjoy themselves. There are a few, however, who will bear mention […]