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Plaza Hotel: 1910

Plaza Hotel: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Plaza Hotel." Yet another view of this aristocratic edifice. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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This is another of those wonderful pictures that, excpet for the people and traffic, could have been of a very detailed, large scale model. Beautiful. Sean, eh? I must remember that.

One night stand

The aristocratic edifice is superb. In 1961, my wife and I stayed there one night on our honeymoon. The lobby was magnificent, but our room was dusty, and the low pressure in the bathroom, rusty water, and rust stained fixtures were memorable for all the wrong reasons. Surely they pegged us for their bumpkin accommodations.

Heart attack!

Heights don't bother me too much, but this one spooked me. I can't imagine being up there!

Double Cone

Intriguing building just to the right of the Plaza.

Things To Come

100 years later, the Plaza is still a 5 Star venue, however the majority of the units are condos. What would have been beyond the imagination of anyone in that building in 1910, would be the building directly across the street. On the plaza (small p) in front of the GM Building, is a glass box structure that houses the entrance to a subterranean Apple Store that is open 24/7 showing and selling equipment undreamed of in 1910. It is usually packed. In the short 5 years of its existence it has become a major NYC attraction.

Beautiful building

I love this place. My nephew is now a bartender there most evenings. Stop in and ask for Sean!

New York Observers

Something to do with Eloise?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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