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I Wrote That! Author Talk: David Freeland
March 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$45
Known internationally as a symbol of elegance and luxury, Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria is one of the world’s most famous hotels.
Its reputation as a host to political leaders and movie stars is matched only by the renown of its cuisine and soaring Deco architecture. In this lecture based on his book, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century, historian David Freeland will take us behind the glittering image, using rare photos and documents to reveal the full extent of the Waldorf’s contribution as a shaper of twentieth century life and culture.
In the process, he’ll share little-known stories and secrets:
The history of Peacock Alley and how it got its name
The truth about the “feuding” Astor cousins whose money built the original Waldorf-Astoria on Fifth Avenue, where the Empire State Building now stands
Secrets of the Waldorf’s “black book” – the detectives’ log of immoral and illegal activity, kept hidden from all but the most senior hotel staff
The remarkable technological maneuvers that enabled the “new” Waldorf-Astoria — a skyscraper that opened on Park Avenue in 1931 — to be constructed on top of railroad tracks as passenger trains continued to run below
Afternoon Tea: This author talk is paired with an afternoon tea complete with traditional tea sandwiches, assorted pastries & teas. Cash bar is available for alcohol.
- March 18
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Event Tags:
- author talk, I Wrote That!
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