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 – 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 – 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 […]

Waldorf-Astoria – Bet-You-A-Million Gates

They called the Waldorf, in the old days, “Uptown Wall Street.” In many respects it was equally as important, in the world of finance, as “the Street.” It was in this hotel—in the bar, in the lounges, and in private, sumptuous suites—that the leaders of the financial world gathered and discussed business, planned great mergers, […]

Waldorf-Astoria – A Man, A Hotel, And A Canal

On an entire floor in the Waldorf-Astoria the plans for a canal, to run through the Isthmus of Panama and to connect the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean, were prepared. For weeks it was a hub of activity, of worry, and eventually of triumph. But behind it all was the figure of a man and […]

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. […]