Historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Closing For Renovations

Get the best. Get Fios. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS NAMES IN THE COUNTRY, FAMOUS LUXURY HOTELS IS CLOSING ITS.


Get the best. Get Fios. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS NAMES IN THE COUNTRY, FAMOUS LUXURY HOTELS IS CLOSING ITS DOORS, THE WALDORF ASTORIA IS SHUTTING DOWN TOMORROW FOR MAJOR RENOVATIONS. THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THREE YEARS. IT’S EXPECTED THAT MANY OF ITS ROOM WILL BE TURNED INTO APARTMENTS THE HOTEL WAS PURCHASED BY A CHINESE COMPANY IN 2014 FOR NEARLY $2 BILLION. AS THIS VENERABLE ICONIC HOTEL GETS SET TO CLOSE, IT LEAVES BEHIND AN AMAZINGLY RICH HISTORY. SOME INTRIGUING SECRETS REVEALED BY CBS 2’S SCOTT RAPAPORT. A LANDMARK ARCHITECTURAL JEWEL AND A CULTURAL TOUCH STONE FOR NEW YORK CITY. IT’S SPECIAL. ICONIC. WE’LL NEVER SEE A PLACE LIKE IT AGAIN. THESE HALLOWED HALLS HAVE HOSTED REMARKABLE HAPPENINGS. OLD BLUE EYES, FRANK SINATRA, WITH BAD LEADER GUY. ROCKEFELLER JOKING WITH RUSSIAN LEADER NIKITA IN 59. JANET LEE IN THE HONEY MOON SUITE. KENNEDY SHRIVER DANCING AT HER WEDDING. EVERY PRESIDENT INCLUDING JFK AND GRACE KELLEY, MARILYN MONROE, AND QUEEN ELIZABETH. THE CULTURE AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ELITE FOR YEARS AND YEARS. THE WALDORF AS WE KNOW IT BETWEEN 49th AND 50th OPENED IN OCTOBER. THE TALLEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME, 625 FEET. BRINGING WITH IT UNPARALLELED GLAMOUR, SOPHISTICATION, AND EXQUISITE SECRETS. AMONG THEM, THIS SECRET TUNNEL AND TRAIN TRACK DEEP BENEATH THE HOTEL. SECRETLY USED TO TRANSPORT PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AND HIS VEHICLE FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL ON HIS TRIPS TO NEW YORK WITHOUT ANYONE SEEING HIM. THE PRESIDENT HAD POLIO AND HISTORIANS SAY HE INSISTED ON KEEPING HIS ILLNESS PRIVATE. HIS CAR APPARENTLY IS STILL DOWN THERE. NOW WITH THE HOTEL OFFICIALLY CLOSING TOMORROW. THE LAST GUESTS ARE MARKING THE MOMENT WITH MORE THAN A TOUCH OF MELANCHOLY. IT’S TRAGIC. REALLY. IT IS. I THOUGHT THEY’D BE OPEN FOREVER. THE WALDORF’S HISTORIC FACADE WHICH IS DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL LANDMARK WILL REMAIN THE SAME. A TIMELESS REMINDER OF ITS LEGEND AND LEGACY. CBS 2 NEWS.

3 thoughts on “Historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Closing For Renovations”

  1. 1st… We are so fortunate to have visited a piece of American history.  We stayed in the one bedroom signature suite at Warder Astoria last year Feb/March 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it

  2. It's just a shame that Hilton sold this Hotel to the Chinese. Even President Obama refused to stay in the Hotel because of security concerns. 1600 Jobs are gone to present luxury apartments to rich Chinese. This is what American business is like.

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