New York’s Plaza Hotel opened on this day in 1907. Many decades after Ernest Hemingway uncharitably advised F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza, the hotel – along with its bar – remains a New York icon.
When it opened, the 19-storey building, a skyscraper at the time, featured no fewer than 1,650 crystal chandeliers, among other Gilded Age glitter and glitz. The Oak Room, still a cocktail destination today, was open only to men, until Prohibition forced its temporary closure. Appearances in movies ranging from Hitchcock's North by Northwest to The Great Gatsby, Funny Girl and Arthur have contributed to the Plaza's fame. Happy Birthday to the Plaza - we are toasting you with a New York Flip.
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