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 – Boomer Takes Command

The latter period of the Boldt regime marked a distinct change in New York conditions that affected the Waldorf. When the hotel first was erected people said it was “too far uptown.” Eventually it became the hub of the city’s social life. That marked the peak of its importance and availability. But the moving years […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Peacock Alley

Those early beginnings of the Waldorf marked the ending of what Mrs. Wharton has aptly labeled the “Age of Innocence.” It is not suggested here that the Waldorf was a black-mustached villain that brought worldly knowledge, sophistication, and continental smartness into a guileless America. ‘What it did, however, was to con-tribute to a slowly growing […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Progress Comes To Fifth Avenue

When William Waldorf Astor decided to leave New York and make his home permanently in England, the newspapers were filled with more than a discussion of the future expatriate. There was excited conjecture as to what would happen to his big brick town house that sprawled at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-third Street. […]

Waldorf-Astoria – The Man From Rugen

Seemingly alone and obscure in the Baltic Sea there is a tiny island seldom, if ever, to be found on old maps, and on modern ones only because it has become a popular German summer resort. It is called Rugen. The general name is applied by the natives only to the roughly triangular main trunk […]

Waldorf-Astoria – The Passing Of The Old Hotel

The first eighteen months of the new management of the Waldorf-Astoria provided a tremendous, far-reaching problem. It was an era during which every hotel in the United States faced a crisis. This, of course, was because of the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the constitution of the United States outlawing the importation, manufacture, or […]

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 […]