The Waldorf Astoria Will Be Closing Indefinitely This Wednesday After 85 Years

New York City’s hotels have been the center of great stories, interesting eats, and fun for New Yorkers since the olden days of the Big Apple. 

But unfortunately, one of the most iconic (and oldest) spots will be closing for an indefinite amount of time, and when it finally reopens, it won’t be the same.

The Waldorf-Astoria, one of the most legendary hotels in the world, is closing indefinitely for renovations this upcoming Wednesday.

The primary reason? According to Time Out NY, parts of the hotel will be converted to luxury condos. 

Which may still be overpriced for about 65% of New Yorkers.

Originally two separate hotels owned by feuding relatives, the Waldorf-Astoria was a beacon of service to the upper-crust of society since the day the conjoined establishment opened. Galas, parties, and, fundraisers events of the elite weren’t uncommon in the lobbies.

The Waldorf-Astoria has been around for 86 years in its current location at 301 Park Avenue, once being the tallest building in the world, before it was moved for the construction of the Empire State Building. 

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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is attempting to save some of the lobby, but in the end, most of the hotel will be renovated. Before that, we highly recommend trying to snag a few Instagram photos before they close their doors.

leelafitz Back inside the Waldorf Astoria. "The Silver Corridor has largely been paralleled to the original Peacock Alley, both visually & stunning functionally. Originally, Peacock Alley was where society women would display their latest fashions, jewels, accessories, & husbands. The large crystal chandeliers, archways, murals, & mirrored walls of the Silver Corridor make a polite nod to the rich social history of the Waldorf. The series of paintings hung between the arches originally hung in the Astoria hotel & were by the American artist, Edward Emerson Simmons. Architects modeled the Silver Corridor of the Waldorf after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, France." This corridor softly screams Glamor. Luxury. Elegance. It says, "Look at me, I'm gawjus...but don't gawk! That's just rude." 😉 I stood there for quite some time, in an inspired awe. And I desperately listened for the echoes of some of the greats: 🎤Frank Sinatra, 🎬Cary Grant, 💃🏼Grace Kelly, 👄Marilyn Monroe, & 🎷Ella Fitzgerald. I would have loved to have lived in that era...as a wealthy socialite, that is!...or rather, a near-invisible photographer capturing their moments through my lens... yeah, that sounds more like me.👱🏼‍♀️📷

The Waldorf-Astoria will always have a place in our hearts and will still be an icon for luxury when it opens again.

It’s just not going to be a hotel anymore. And that kinda kills some of our bucket lists.

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[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy HostToTheWorld] 

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