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The Waldorf-Astoria

A real Midtown establishment, the Waldorf-Astoria is often credited as the first modern hotel to also function as an engine of the social life of a city--not merely a collection of beds in small rooms behind doors, but a honeybee's nest of popular restaurants, cocktail lounges and dance clubs. Once two hotels, built and owned by warring wings of the Astor family at the current location of the Empire State Building, the current structure was erected and opened in 1931 as the world's largest and...

A real Midtown establishment, the Waldorf-Astoria is often credited as the first modern hotel to also function as an engine of the social life of a city--not merely a collection of beds in small rooms behind doors, but a honeybee's nest of popular restaurants, cocktail lounges and dance clubs. Once two hotels, built and owned by warring wings of the Astor family at the current location of the Empire State Building, the current structure was erected and opened in 1931 as the world's largest and tallest hotel, and though the importance of hotels in New York has declined since the sixties, the Waldorf retains the cachet of its mid-century prime, a still-popular evening destination for well-healed New Yorkers as much as their out-of-town counterparts.

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301 Park Ave.
New York City, NY 10022
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