New York NY: Memories Of The Waldorf Astoria

The celebrated hotel on Park Avenue is now closed during a three-year restoration project, and scheduled to reopen in 2020. Among the extensive plans are for part of the hotel to become condos. One can only imagine what the purchase costs will be for living in Park Avenue super luxury.

This old vet has fond memories of the Waldorf. A lunchtime visit during Navy service in World War 2 cost a hefty $5, plus a $1 tip. A few years later, after returning in 1953 from the war in Korea, our carrier air group members were briefly billeted at the Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.

We gathered for a weekend at the Waldorf. Anyone remember the 1945 movie of that title starring Lana Turner and Van Johnson?. The prices in 1953 were still out of sight high. Drinks were $2, dinner $15 and rooms were a wallet-busting $25. We can only guess what the prices will be when the Waldorf reopens, possibly up just a teeny little bit.

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