|The Waldorf Astoria
Reader's Digest; January, 1952
The Waldorf-Astoria, whcih occupies an entire New York City block, is
by cubic measurement the largest hotel on earth. It is "a city within a city," as the cliche goes; there is also plenty
going on at the Waldorf that many a city could not duplicate. Without stepping outside, a visitor can undergo minor
surgery; eat a plover's egg or a ham sandwich; spend $66 on a single bottle of champagne; buy a complete wardrobe, including
a silver-blue mink coat for $14,000; have a tooth extracted; step into a private railroad car; eat dinner in the same room
with 1999 people; or bump into a former King of England, the only living ex-President of the United States or General Douglas
MacArthur--all of whom live on the premises.
to be continued...