Secrets Of The Plaza Hotel

When I was in high-tech, I visited New York City once or twice a year to attend conferences and stayed at the Plaza Hotel on a couple of occasions. The rooms were pretty nice, but not what I would call outstanding. Of course, I stayed in less expensive rooms that were within travel budget guidelines.

New York’s legendary Plaza Hotel has a colorful past.Since opening in 1907, it has hosted some of the world’s most famous guests and appeared in more than 50 films. 

In honor of its history, The Plaza put together an infographic highlighting everything from its list of notorious guests to the bizarre requests its concierge has seen.

Here are some of the most fascinating moments in The Plaza’s history, including that time a guest ordered two dozen live tarantulas for a special dinner. 


Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, and So It Goes takes a nostalgic look back in time and makes you realize how much things have changed over the years.

If you are over the age of 50, chances are this video will trigger fond memories from your past.

Technology has changed dramatically over the last few decades, so younger people probably won’t recognize many of the things displayed in this video.

I’m in my seventies and remember almost everything in this video. The ones that are not familiar are businesses located in areas I never visited.

The Stick

In my opinion, Jonathon Winters is one of the best comedians of all time.

One of Winters’s most famous appearances was on The Jack Paar Program, where he was given a stick and asked to improvise. Winters then created a series of scenarios in rapid succession where he goes fishing, fights bulls, and reports to superior officers about seeing giant beetles.

I remember watching him do this live on Jack Paar’s show. I found it hilarious then, and still do.