An Autobiography: Chapter 35, Plaza Hotel, New York City


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We flew to New York on January 6, 1976, the day before the moving van was to arrive on Roosevelt Island, and on the plane we discussed where we should spend our first night. We had often walked by the Plaza Hotel and remembered the hilarious play and film by Neil Simon, The Plaza Suite, and agreed that would be the perfect place to start our New York adventure.

The Plaza Hotel opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City. It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza.”

Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, the Plaza is listed on the Register of Historic Places and the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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The Plaza Hotel 

Kings, presidents, ambassadors, stars of stage, screen and sports, as well as business executives and travelers from all parts of the world have gathered and stayed at the Plaza. The Plaza was so well known that Ernest Hemingway once advised F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza.

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