While we were in New York City we stayed at The Benjamin hotel on the northeast corner of 50th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Diagonally across the intersection is the renowned Waldorf Astoria.
We took a stroll through the lobby and a short rest in their atrium.
Unbeknownst to us the Waldorf would close the next week to undergo a complete renovation and restoration. It is planned to reopen in two to three years. Waldorf Astoria New York will feature restored historic public and event spaces along with luxury condominiums and guest rooms and suites that will set a new standard for luxury and service in New York.
The Waldorf Astoria New York hotel is an essential destination for enthusiasts of the Art Deco style. Recognized as one of the world’s most significant examples of Art Deco art and architecture, this New York City luxury hotel is a living museum of decorative ornamentation, design, remarkable paintings and beautiful motifs. An official New York City landmark since 1993, the Art Deco hotel occupies an entire city block in midtown Manhattan.
The original Waldorf Hotel was built on the site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor’s mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street. The 13-story hotel opened on 13 March 1893. Four years later, Waldorf’s cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, erected the 17-story Astoria Hotel on an adjacent site. John Jacob Astor IV died on the Titanic on 15 April 1912. William Waldorf Astoria, having returned to England in 1893, died 18 October 1919.
In 1929, the owners decided to tear down the original building due to it becoming dated and the draining of its revenues caused by Prohibition. The site was sold to the developers of what would become the Empire State Building. The current location on Park Avenue opened on 1 October 1931 as the tallest and largest hotel in the world.
Hilton purchased the property in 1949 (the building and management contract), for $3 million, from New York State Realty & Terminal Company. New York Central RR owned the land, which Hilton purchased in 1977.
When it opens again, if we get to NYC, perhaps we’ll take afternoon tea.
The 3 Gladeskateers left The Glade at 10 a.m. headed for New York City. I had planned to make our first stop breakfast but unfortunately the place I chose stopped serving breakfast at 10 and didn’t serve lunch until 11.
So we jumped back on the highway northbound.
After checking into our hotel we headed to the theatre district.
We had tickets for Wicked which started at 8 and ended about 10:45.
From the Gershwin Theatre we walked north 3 blocks to a cabaret at Feinstein’s 54 Below.
I’ll leave the details until later. Now we’re just trying to get a little shut eye to prepare us for tomorrow’s extravaganza.
We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.
I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago. I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.
Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip. Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal. Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.
I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf. Any suggestions?
Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door. Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.
By definition a triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.
To finish up the space over the toilet in the master bathroom where I hung a print of Paris and a clock with a map of France I felt there needed to be one more item. I had a piece of shelf glass that would fit well.
I wanted to hang it with the least conspicuous hardware which I found at Home Depot. (Naturally the first HD I stopped at did not have it but the one heading in the other direction had a variety of styles on hand.)
Using a level and long dry wall anchors that came with the shelf brackets I managed to secure the shelf to the wall allowing enough space for the top of the toilet tank to be removed without taking the shelf down.
The brackets I chose are rated for no deeper than a 6″ glass shelf; my shelf is closer to 8 inches so I might have to make an adjustment.
I’m looking for my colorful paper fish to display on the shelf but for now I have a small Limoges box, an enamel lidded box, and a small pitcher.
February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.
This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)
I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway. It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.
I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.
Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now. He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.
I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do. More details later.
After the Sequoias we headed west to the Pacific Ocean.
And finally Los Angeles.
We stayed in AirBnB properties all but one night. We tried to keep the nightly rate around $100. Sometimes it was a little more and sometimes a little less.
Each property was totally unique. Our first night just north of Phoenix was in a house built mostly underground.
I told you about the lovely place in Boulder City just east of Las Vegas where we stayed 2 nights. But the night we saw Celine we stayed in a gated $2.5 million mansion in northwest Las Vegas. The room was tiny and almost nothing worked. There was no air conditioning and the shower was just a trickle. The main benefit was that we felt very safe behind the electronic gates including our auto and belongings.
Next we went to a fruit grove in King’s Canyon California that served us an awesome breakfast, the best we’d had anywhere.
On the coast we stayed in a beach house in Cayugas with a view of the Pacific Ocean from both our room and outside balcony.
For the last two nights of our journey we stayed in a basic house very near LAX. Our main concern at the end was that we would be able to get to the airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight. Our host picked us up from dropping off the rental car the night before and took us to meet our plane at 4 a.m. with no further charge than the room fee.
Now we’re back home in our own home, our own room, and our own bed. There’s no place like home.