WOW, did this every come as a surprise to me when I stumbled upon it today:
Very very sad news for those who have stayed at this iconic hotel over the years.
My wife had yearly conventions starting Easter Weekend lasting a week for almost 20 years, it was like a second home to her and now to learn so many of the rooms will be renovated and sold as condos will certainly give her a tear in her eye. To think of the lobby bar Sir Harry's Lounge possibly not being there anymore where so many after convention hours were spent, employees we got to know in catering, restaurants, bellmen and more
We got to know the hotel inside and out, how to get from one floor to another using back routes and hallways, we found ways to view events through cracked doors in the historic Grand Ballroom with all it's chandeliers. To think of the huge events held in that ballroom is mind boggling, famous actors and world leaders that have enjoyed meals there as well as her conventions closing night events and then the beautiful front lobby and entrance all of it possibly being gone just doesn't sound right.
Would love to learn of other Insiders memories of The Warldof before it closes March 1, 2017.
Wow, sad news for sure! I was lucky enough to stay there a few times. I can clearly remember walking into the lobby as a little girl during one of their events and admiring the gorgeous dresses and sparkly jewels. Thanks for sharing, IAHFLYR.
I just remember walking by it a few times when headed to/from Marriott Eastside and places like Times Square and Rockefeller Center, etc. and wondering what it looked like inside, as well as wanting to duck in to see the lobby. Also trying to imagine past Presidents going to/from Grand Central Station and the Waldorf-Astoria via the secret tunnel.
I did snap a piccie of this icon.
Maybe you can arrange a surprise trip sometime in the next 9 months. I wonder how much it will change. I hope Anbang will respect it's history.
What a wonderful idea pluto77, I will have to arrange that "surprise trip" as I did not tell her a thing about it yet.....hmmmm an early birthday trip and for that idea might you might just get you a drink courtesy of the local "Tower Boy" at the TIPPLE!!