2.  The Top Floors of Waldorf Astoria Will Become Condos

Private entrance The Waldorf Towers-Untapped Cities-AFineLyne

Lucius Boomer died in an airplane crash in 1947 and Conrad Hilton acquired management rights in 1949. The Hilton Hotels Corporation bought the Waldorf Astoria outright in 1972 but in February 2015 the hotel once again changed hands and was purchased by Anbang Insurance, a Chinese group for $1.95 billion dollars.

Anbang Insurance will be converting the top floors of The Waldorf Towers into condos, so you can now buy The Royal Suite, Presidental Suite and even Cole Porters and Frank Sinatra’s Suite.  The Towers have a private lobby and entrance located on 50th Street (above) but can be accessed from within the main hotel lobby (below). The have their own bank of elevators with interiors made of carpathian elm and oak.

The Waldorf Towers-Untapped Cities-AFineLyne

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  1. Many years ago, placards in subway cards had interesting facts regarding New York. One in particular related to The Waldorf Astoria and is never mentioned these days. According to the placard,The Waldorf Astoria masonry does not actually touch the sidewalk. The building has a space of about an inch all around the building where it “almost” meets the sidewalk and was built this way to reduce vibration from the trains running under it.

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