A mining town in Kentucky hoping to build a different kind of future. One of the last three Negro League stadiums. A 34-acre ranch owned and run one of California's earliest entreprenuers and rare early female landowners. The "cathedral of African Methodism" which saw the funerals of Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks. Otherwordly sand dunes in Michigan, mysterious freshwater caves in Guam, the Wilderness Battlefield...and the Merritt Parkway. These and more sites are on the (US) NAtional Trust's 2010 roster of the 11 Most Endangered Places
posted by Miko
on May 19, 2010 -
Getting Bored is Not Allowed
at the Plaza Hotel
, at least not according to its famous fictional resident, the exhausting, spoiled and infectiously ebullient Eloise
. Sadly, though, today's news
is anything but boring: the Plaza's new owners announced plans to close the iconic hotel for 18 months, and renovate it to create private condos -- throwing hundreds of employees out of work.
It's been said that nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza: from its 1907 opening
to Truman Capote's 1966 Black and White Ball
, the Plaza has hosted literati, glitterati, rock stars, and royalty. It has graced the screen in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's
and The Great Gatsby
, making Hollywood history when it became the first fully on-location film shoot for North by Northwest
. Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to the Plaza; Dorothy Parker
got her pink slip from Vanity Fair there. Residents, at various times, included Frank Lloyd Wright, Cary Grant, and Judy Garland. Every President since Taft has stepped through its giant engraved revolving doors. Chef Boyardee
of canned-spaghetti fame got his start in its kitchens. No New York tourist's
rounds are complete without a bloody mary and some bluepoints at the Oyster Bar, a martini in the Oak Room
bar, or tea in the Palm Court
, and its French-chateau facade is a Central Park centerpiece
An employees' group
and a supporting 'Friends of the Plaza'
group have begun working to save the gracious place, with the goal of preserving not only the building and their jobs, but the very idea of the quintessential New York luxury hotel. Almost enough to make folks want the Donald back.
posted by Miko
on Mar 14, 2005 -