PODCAST REWIND The Plaza Hotel has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in New York City, a romantic throwback to the last days of the Gilded Age. It epitomized the changes that were arriving on Fifth Avenue, steering away from the private mansions of the moneyed class and towards a certain kind of communal living that was increasingly being seen as acceptable and even preferable.
We take a look at the Plaza’s unusual history, from its days as an upper class ‘transient hotel’ to a party place for celebrities.
Starring: John ‘Bet-a-Million’ Gates, Eloise, Truman Capote and of course the unflappable Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
NOTE: This show was originally recorded in November 2008. The Plaza is currently owned by Sahara India Pariwar.
A special illustrated version of the podcast on The Plaza Hotel (Episode #69) is now available on our NYC History Archive feed, via Stitcher streaming service and of course on iTunes. Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up. The audio is superior than the original as well.